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|MIT News: Measuring the "woodwork effect" in medical insurance
In a new paper, "Out of the Woodwork: Enrollment Spillovers in the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment," Amy Finkelstein and coauthors find that when adults gain access to Medicaid, some of them sign up their eligible children for it, too. Their results shed light on the existence and nature of "woodwork effects," an increase in enrollment that can occur after programs are expanded or changed.
|MIT News: Economists weigh a new approach to unemployment insurance
In a new study, Jonathan Gruber and coauthors find that automatically starting benefits at the outset of a recession could provide more clarity to workers in times of economic stress, without costing more- or less- than packages Congress has ultimately approved.
|MIT News: Study shows that trade can worsen income inequality
Using Ecuador as a case study, Arnaud Costinot, Dave Donaldson, and co-authors find that international trade generates income gains that are about 7 percent greater for those at the 90th income percentile, compared to those of median income, and up to 11 percent greater for the top percentile of income.
|MIT News: Springing people from the poverty trap
A long-term study from Bangladesh coauthored by Clare Balboni, the 3M Career Development Assistant Professor of Environmental Economics, finds that a one-time capital boost can help rural poor people accumulate assets, find better occupations, and climb out of poverty.
|Karthik Sastry selected to speak at 2022 Review of Economic Studies Tour
PhD candidate Karthik Sastry was among seven students selected to speak at the 2022 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. Sastry presented "Attention Cycles," a paper authored with classmate Joel Flynn on how and why decision-makers' bounded rationality fluctuates over the business cycle.
|Frank Schilbach receives Perkins Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising
Frank Schilbach, the Gary Loveman Career Development Associate Professor of Economics, has been awarded the 2022 Frank E. Perkins Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising for the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. The Perkins Award is given annually on the basis of student nominations to a professor from each school who, “as a graduate student advisor, demonstrates unbounded compassion and dedication towards students.”
|Edward Davenport receives 2022 Graduate Student Council Teaching Award
PhD candidate Edward Davenport has been awarded the 2022 Graduate Student Council Teaching Award for SHASS, an honor given annually to one professor or teaching assistant from each school for excellence in graduate teaching. Davenport, who has also served as a teaching assistant for undergraduate courses in development economics and political economy, is recognized for his work with the department’s graduate-level course in Development Economics.
|Alberto Abadie elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Alberto Abadie, Professor of Economics and Associate Director of MIT's Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The academy is one of the nation's oldest honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research. Abadie is one of 261 new members elected in recognition of exceptional accomplishments and leadership in academia, the arts, industry, public policy, and research.
|Jim Poterba named Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association
Jim Poterba, the Mitsui Professor of Economics, has been elected a 2022 Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association in recognition of his prolific and influential work in Public finance, as well as his wide-ranging service to the profession and the public.
|Four undergraduate students from MIT Economics invited to join Phi Beta Kappa Society
Four highly accomplished undergraduate students from the Course 14 and 6-14 majors have been invited to join MIT’s chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Seniors Eva Demsky, Lucy McMillan, Natali Northrup, and Edwin Song were elected by faculty in recognition of their exemplary academic achievement in the liberal arts. Only ten percent of higher education institutions have Phi Beta Kappa chapters, and fewer than 10 percent of students at those institutions are selected for membership.
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