Michael Stepner wins the 2020 John Heinz Dissertation Award
Michael Stepner wins the 2020 John Heinz Dissertation Award
Stepner's dissertation, "Essays on Health and Social Insurance," was selected by the National Academy of Social Insurance. Ezra Golberstein, Chair of the 2020 Heinz Dissertation Award Committee, said of this honor, "His work advances the theory of optimal design of social insurance benefits, and his quantitative analyses deliver convincing and policy-relevant evidence of the effects of both public and private insurance benefits for health and disability." Congratulations, Michael!
Financial Times: Esther Duflo is a game changer
Financial Times: Esther Duflo is a game changer
The Financial Times profiles Esther Duflo as one of their Women in 2019: Game Changers, citing her work transforming development economics and the economics profession.
3 Questions: Jonathan Gruber on academics engaging with policymakers
3 Questions: Jonathan Gruber on academics engaging with policymakers
Jonathan Gruber, Ford Professor of Economics, discusses the MIT Policy Lab's successes in translating research findings for general public and policymaker audiences. The Policy Lab also helps foster the connections between MIT faculty and government policymakers.
Nikhil Agarwal's work to improve kidney transplant exchanges is in the spotlight!
Nikhil Agarwal's work to improve kidney transplant exchanges is in the spotlight!
MIT faculty member Nikhil Agarwal is advancing economic science and medical policy with his empirical research on programs to match kidney transplant patients with available organs. His work suggests that changes in the operation of live donor organ exchanges could increase the number of matches by as much as 30 to 60 percent.
MIT economists Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee win Nobel Prize
MIT economists Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee win Nobel Prize
Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee, MIT economists whose work has helped transform antipoverty research and relief efforts, have been named co-winners of the 2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, along with another co-winner, Harvard University economist Michael Kremer.
Science News names Parag Pathak to the SN10 top young scientists
Science News names Parag Pathak to the SN10 top young scientists
Parag Pathak, the Jane Berkowitz Carlton and Dennis William Carlton Professor of Microeconomics at MIT, has been named by Science News as one of 10 early- and mid-career scientists with great potential to shape the future of their field. Each scientist included in the "SN10" is under 40 and was nominated by a Nobel laureate, a recently elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, or a scientist previously named to the "SN10" list.
UEA Lecture: Stanley Fischer, "On Central Bank Independence," Sept. 27
UEA Lecture: Stanley Fischer, "On Central Bank Independence," Sept. 27
Dr. Stanley Fischer, PhD '69, the former Governor of the Bank of Israel and Vice-Chair of the Federal Reserve Board, delivered the fall Undergraduate Economics Association Lecture on "Central Bank Independence." Fischer, who is today a Senior Adviser at BlackRock, an investment firm, offered lessons on the role of economic analysis in policy design based on his distinguished career in public service. He discussed in particular the challenges when political pressures are brought to bear on central banks. The lecture was co-sponsored by the Sloan School Finance and Policy Club.
Nancy Rose and David Autor discuss bridges from economics to the Schwarzman College of Computing
Nancy Rose and David Autor discuss bridges from economics to the Schwarzman College of Computing
For the series, "Computing and AI: Humanistic Perspectives from MIT," Nancy Rose, Kindleberger Professor of Applied Economics, and David Autor, the Ford Professor of Economics, discuss opportunities for economics and computer science to engage each other through the new MIT Schwarzman College of Computing.
Meet Carolyn Stein: Researching the economics of science
Meet Carolyn Stein: Researching the economics of science
MIT PhD student explores the impact of scientists being "scooped" when a competing research team publishes results first, a concern for many disciplines.
A business checklist for work of the future
A business checklist for work of the future
Automation doesn't just happen to industries, or to their workers. A new MIT report outlines business's role in shaping the jobs of the future.
The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty
The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty
New book by Daron Acemoglu, MIT Economics's Institute Professor, and James A. Robinson, a political scientist at the University of Chicago, published today by Penguin Random House. According to the publisher, 'The Narrow Corridor' is "a crucial new big-picture framework that answers the question of how liberty flourishes in some states but falls to authoritarianism or anarchy in others–and explains how it can continue to thrive despite new threats."
Victor Chernozhukov named IMS Fellow
Victor Chernozhukov named IMS Fellow
Victor Chernozhukov, International Ford Professor, has been named Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) for his work on high-dimensional inference. An induction ceremony took place on July 29, 2019, at the Joint Statistical Meetings in Denver, Colorado.
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