MIT economist Joshua Angrist wins Nobel Prize
MIT economist Joshua Angrist wins Nobel Prize
Ford Professor of Economics Joshua Angrist, whose influential work has enhanced rigorous empirical research in economics, has been named a winner of the 2021 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. Angrist shares half the award with Guido Imbens of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the other half goes to David Card of the University of California at Berkeley.
Economics faculty honored for exceptional mentorship
Economics faculty honored for exceptional mentorship
David Autor and Esther Duflo are among 15 faculty members recognized by MIT's Committed to Caring program for 2021-23. The program honors and celebrates faculty mentors who have gone above and beyond to support the success and well-being of their graduate students.
David Autor elected Vice President of the American Economic Association
David Autor elected Vice President of the American Economic Association
Ford Professor of Economics David Autor has been elected Vice President of the AEA, along with Stanford's Caroline M. Hoxby (PhD '94). Autor previously served on the AEA Executive Committee and as Editor in Chief of the AEA's Journal of Economic Perspectives.
Arnaud Costinot named 2021 Fellow of the Econometric Society
Arnaud Costinot named 2021 Fellow of the Econometric Society
Congratulations to Professor Arnaud Costinot, who has been elected a Fellow of the Econometric Society in recognition of his highly regarded contributions to the field. The Econometric Society is an international society for the advancement of economic theory in its relation to statistics and mathematics. New Fellows are elected annually by the Society's active Fellows.
MIT News: Comparing seniors who relocate long-distance shows where you live affects your longevity
MIT News: Comparing seniors who relocate long-distance shows where you live affects your longevity
Research co-authored by Amy Finkelstein, the John & Jennie S. MacDonald Professor of Economics, shows that some U.S. locations enhance longevity for senior citizens more than others. The study, which quantifies the effect of location by analyzing the impact of long-distance moves on individual health, delivers important new information about large-scale drivers of U.S. health outcomes.
UEA Lecture: Victor Chernozhukov, "AI for Economics? An Application to Inflation Measurement"
UEA Lecture: Victor Chernozhukov, "AI for Economics? An Application to Inflation Measurement"
Victor Chernozhukov delivered the fall Undergraduate Economics Association lecture, "AI for Economics? An Application to Inflation Measurement" on October 4. Chernozhukov is the Ford International Professor at MIT's Department of Economics and Center for Statistics and Data Science, and former Senior Principal Scientist for Amazon's Core Artificial Intelligence Group.
MIT News: A sleep study's eye-opening findings
MIT News: A sleep study's eye-opening findings
In a new study of working poor in Chennai, India, Gary Loveman Career Development Associate Professor Frank Schilbach, recent PhD graduate Pedro Bessone, and co-authors find no measurable benefits for workers who sleep more at night, but increased productivity, psychological well-being, and cognition for those who take short afternoon naps at the workplace. The results could be due to the myriad adverse nighttime sleeping conditions faced by working poor in Chennai, and suggest that improving quality of sleep may matter more than increasing quantity.
Daron Acemoglu: The AI we should fear is already here
Daron Acemoglu: The AI we should fear is already here
Alarm over the rise of artificial intelligence often focuses on the notion of super-intelligent machines run amok at some point in the distant future. Writing in The Washington Post, Institute Professor Daron Acemoglu highlights the ominous effects of today's AI, which is already displacing workers, reproducing biases and inequities in the criminal justice system, and hampering the functioning of modern democracies by enabling governments and corporations to monitor and manipulate the behaviors of millions of people.
MIT News: Study finds physicians are widely effective messengers of Covid-19 information
MIT News: Study finds physicians are widely effective messengers of Covid-19 information
Results of a randomized clinical evaluation co-authored by Professors Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Ben Olken and PhD candidates Mohit Karnani and Pierre-Luc Vautrey suggest that people of all races and political affiliations can be influenced with accurate and clear information conveyed by physicians and other trusted experts.
3 Questions: James Poterba on making infrastructure pay off
3 Questions: James Poterba on making infrastructure pay off
In conversation with MIT News, Mitsui Professor of Economics James Poterba discusses a new paper "Economic Perspectives on Infrastructure Investment," co-authored with Harvard Economist Edward Glaeser. The work surveys economic aspects of infrastructure investment in the U.S., finding overlooked value in repairs, upgrades, and user fees to help fund projects.
FT Economists Exchange: Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee
FT Economists Exchange: Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee
In conversation with the Financial Times, Nobel laureates Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo reflect on what the pandemic has revealed about the "plumbing" of economic systems around the world and the dangers of inaction over climate change.
Anna Mikusheva receives 2021 Teaching With Digital Technology Award
Anna Mikusheva receives 2021 Teaching With Digital Technology Award
Professor Anna Mikusheva has been honored with a 2021 Teaching With Digital Technology Award. Co-sponsored by MIT Open Learning and the Office of the Vice Chancellor, the awards recognize excellence in digital teaching for both online and hybrid classes.
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