Robert Townsend named Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association
Robert Townsend named Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association
Robert Townsend, Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics, has been elected a 2021 Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association. Townsend is one of four economists honored with the award this year, and he joins an illustrious group that includes MIT Economists Whitney Newey, Olivier Blanchard, Stanley Fischer, Jerry Hausman, Paul Joskow, Peter Diamond, and Robert Solow.
Senior Fiona Chen awarded a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans
Senior Fiona Chen awarded a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans
Fiona Chen, a senior majoring in economics and mathematics, is among 30 recipients of a 2021 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. Fellowships invest in the graduate education of outstanding immigrants and children of immigrants, and Chen, who is the daughter of immigrants from China, will pursue a PhD in economics this fall. While at MIT, Chen has undertaken economics research on pertinent topics including global development and poverty, universal health-care systems, and the role of technology in shaping the labor market. Chen has also advocated for policies to support underrepresented groups at MIT through her roles with a number of student groups and committees. Congratulations to Fiona on this well-deserved honor!
MIT Economists on what the pandemic has taught us about health care in the US
MIT Economists on what the pandemic has taught us about health care in the US
Along with researchers from across MIT SHASS, Professors Jonathan Gruber and Parag Pathak and Jeffrey Harris, professor emeritus and practicing physician, share insights on what Covid-19 has revealed about the US health care system.
Three from MIT Economics selected to speak at Restud Double Tour in May 2021
Three from MIT Economics selected to speak at Restud Double Tour in May 2021
PhD candidates Allan Hsiao, Carolyn Stein, and Masao Fukui are among seven students selected to speak at the 2021 Review of Economic Studies May Meetings. The annual Restud Tour is an opportunity for some of the world's most promising doctoral students in economics and finance to present their research to audiences in Europe. This year's double tour will be held virtually and feature speakers from 2020 and 2021.
Amy Finkelstein: Bringing Rigorous Testing to Health Care Policy
Amy Finkelstein: Bringing Rigorous Testing to Health Care Policy
Randomized testing, long considered an essential evaluation tool for scientists, has rarely been used to assess the effectiveness of government programs. Writing for the New York Times, John and Jennie S. MacDonald Professor of Economics Amy Finkelstein discusses the strengths of randomized trials and a series of experiments that could herald a new era in policy evaluation.
J-PAL and MIT Economics welcome the second cohort of DEDP master's students
J-PAL and MIT Economics welcome the second cohort of DEDP master's students
Along with J-PAL, MIT Economics welcomed a new cohort of the Data, Economics, and Development Policy (DEDP) master's program to campus this January. The students, who come from ten countries and a range of academic backgrounds, will take a mix of online and in person classes during their semester in residence at MIT.
MIT News: Clare Balboni on the role of economics in understanding environmental issues
MIT News: Clare Balboni on the role of economics in understanding environmental issues
Clare Balboni, 3M Career Development Assistant Professor of Environmental Economics, speaks with MIT News for their ongoing series, "Solving Climate: Humanistic Perspectives from MIT." Balboni, who works at the intersection of environmental, trade, and development economics, discusses the growing use of economic models and methods to understand environmental issues and shape related policy, as well as growing interest in environmental questions within the field of economics.
MIT News: Parag Pathak and colleagues on building equity into vaccine distribution
MIT News: Parag Pathak and colleagues on building equity into vaccine distribution
Since early 2020, Class of 1922 Professor of Economics Parag Pathak has been considering resource allocation in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. Starting with ventilators, and moving to therapeutics and vaccines, Pathak and colleagues have developed a "reserve system" for distribution of essential Covid-19 relief. In the context of vaccines, the system allows prioritization of groups like medical workers and seniors, while also scaling up distribution to disadvantaged communities that have been especially hard-hit by the pandemic.
Daron Acemoglu recognized for outstanding mentorship of graduate students
Daron Acemoglu recognized for outstanding mentorship of graduate students
MIT News highlights Institute Professor of Economics Daron Acemoglu, who was recently honored as "Committed to Caring" for his support of graduate advisees. Acemoglu was recognized for his thoughtful and dynamic feedback on student work, his unwavering support and compassion, and his work to foster a supportive and connected culture for students.
MIT economists on the impacts of Covid-19
MIT economists on the impacts of Covid-19
Research and insights from MIT economists on the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
James Poterba named 2021 American Finance Association fellow
James Poterba named 2021 American Finance Association fellow
Mitsui Professor of Economics James Poterba was selected as the 2021 Fellow of the American Finance Association (AFA), recognizing his distinguished contributions to the field of finance. The AFA elects one fellow each year, based on members' nominations and a vote of the current fellows. Poterba joins several other MIT faculty members- Bengt Holmstrom, Robert Merton, Stewart Myers, and the late Stephen Ross and Paul Samuelson- in the AFA Society of Fellows.
Esther Duflo named chair of French Fund for Innovation in Development
Esther Duflo named chair of French Fund for Innovation in Development
Esther Duflo, Nobel laureate and Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics, will chair a new Fund for Innovation, hosted by the French Development Agency. Duflo and other founders hope that The Fonds d'Innovation pour le Developpement or FID will transform the country's approach to aid, through a stronger focus on impact and funding opportunities for a broader range of researchers and organizations.
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