Franklin M. Fisher, Professor Emeritus, passed away on April 29
Franklin M. Fisher, Professor Emeritus, passed away on April 29
Frank Fisher, the Jane Berkowitz Carlton and Dennis William Carlton Professor of Microeconomics, emeritus, joined the MIT Economics Department in 1960. He taught generations of students econometrics and antitrust,and advised numerous theses, until his retirement from the department in 2004. He was a prolific scholar, authoring more than a dozen books and over 200 articles. His numerous accolades as a professional economist began with a Junior Fellowship in Harvard's Society of Fellows, and included award of the John Bates Clark Medal in 1973, election as a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Econometric Society, and presidency of the Econometric Society. Frank also had a distinguished career as an antitrust expert, including lead positions on both the IBM and Microsoft antitrust cases. He devoted much of his later career to the economics and politics of water in the Middle East, advancing progress on both water resource allocation and conflict resolution. Frank will be greatly missed.
Glenn Ellison receives the Distinguished Fellow Award from the Industrial Organization Society
Glenn Ellison receives the Distinguished Fellow Award from the Industrial Organization Society
Ellison was recognized for his "fundamental contributions in several subfields of economics" at the 2019 International Industrial Organization Conference in Boston, MA.
David Autor is a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellows Recipient
David Autor is a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellows Recipient
David Autor, Ford Professor of Economics, won an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship for project titled: 'Depopulism:' How the Inversion of the Rural-Urban Age Gradient Shapes the Diverging Economic and Political Geography of the U.S. and other Industrialized Countries.
Jump-Starting America: How Breakthrough Science Can Revive Economic Growth and the American Dream
Jump-Starting America: How Breakthrough Science Can Revive Economic Growth and the American Dream
"In this new book, MIT economists Jonathan Gruber and Simon Johnson recommend private/public partnerships that invest heavily in science funding, which can spur spin-off industries and job growth that reach all regions of the country, reduce the country's growing economic inequality, and sustain American leadership."
Lord Nicholas Stern calls the next 20 years of climate action "absolutely defining" for society
Lord Nicholas Stern calls the next 20 years of climate action "absolutely defining" for society
Shown here with students following his April 9 Undergraduate Economics Association lecture, Stern called the drive to net zero carbon dioxide emissions "absolutely fundamental." Visit the link to view the MIT News write-up of the talk.
Indira Puri named a 2019 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow
Indira Puri named a 2019 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow
Rising second-year Economics PhD student Indira Puri has been awarded a 2019 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. She will be back at MIT after completing her Masters degree in Computer Science at Stanford this year, where she also served as chair of the Stanford Women in Computer Science.
MIT News: Daron Acemoglu studies democracy's influence on economic growth
MIT News: Daron Acemoglu studies democracy's influence on economic growth
Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics Daron Acemoglu shows in his paper, "Democracy Does Cause Growth," that democracy significantly increases development.
PhD student Ari Bronsoler aims to transform health care delivery in his native Mexico
PhD student Ari Bronsoler aims to transform health care delivery in his native Mexico
Bronsoler is researching pressing health care issues in Mexico, including diabetes, sugary beverage consumption, and communication efficiency. With diabetes, "Mexico has three main problems: prevention culture, diagnosis capabilities, and early treatment," Bronsoler explains. He has partnered with a low-cost suite of private clinics that offer unlimited consultations for an annual fixed fee and is studying what effects this model of care could have on health outcomes.
Josh Angrist named 2019 MacVicar Faculty Fellow
Josh Angrist named 2019 MacVicar Faculty Fellow
Ford Professor of Economics, Josh Angrist, has been named one of four 2019 Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellows, MIT's highest honor in undergraduate teaching. He will be honored on Friday, March 8, from 2 - 4pm in Room 6-120, during MacVicar Day.
Nikhil Agarwal named a 2019 Sloan Foundation Research Fellow
Nikhil Agarwal named a 2019 Sloan Foundation Research Fellow
Agarwal is a leading scholar in the empirical analysis of matching markets, including the National Medical Residency Match Program, public school choice, and organ transplant programs, and has been an invited lecturer for NBER Methods lectures and the AEA Continuing Education program. His most recent work on kidney exchange platforms was featured in a November Vox article.
The Economist names Parag Pathak and Heidi Williams among "the decade's eight best young economists"
The Economist names Parag Pathak and Heidi Williams among "the decade's eight best young economists"
The magazine applauds Pathak for his "question-driven, issues-first approach" to improved school choice algorithms and school effectiveness. Williams is lauded for her pursuit of a "more rigorous understanding of technological progress in medicine and health care." Five of the eight economists mentioned hold MIT PhDs.
Ph.D. student, Lucy Page, co-authors op-ed featured in the New York Times
Ph.D. student, Lucy Page, co-authors op-ed featured in the New York Times
MIT doctoral student, Lucy Page, co-authors "A New Home for Extreme Poverty: Middle-Income Countries" for the New York Times. The article describes how many of the world's most impoverished people are not receiving aid, as they live in countries whose economies are growing and are no longer eligible to receive assistance. Making matters worse, the governments in high-poverty, middle-income countries are often slow to redistribute income to the poor. The authors suggest that donors focus on increasing the tax and redistribution abilities of these governments and strengthening democratic institutions.
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