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.
MIT News: Can mammogram screening be more effective?
MIT News: Can mammogram screening be more effective?
MIT News highlights research co-authored by John and Jennie S. MacDonald Professor of Economics Amy Finkelstein and economics PhD candidate Abby Ostriker. "Screening and Selection: The Case of Mammograms," recently published in American Economic Review, suggests that targeting breast cancer screenings to high-risk groups could be more effective than recommendations based on age. As Finkelstein, Ostriker, and their co-authors note, considerations of the costs and benefits of age-based guidance often overlook the fact that healthier women are more likely to follow recommendations for early screening. This work is has the potential to benefit ongoing policy discussions related to screenings for breast cancer, as well as a range of other diseases.
Senior Francesca Macchiavello Cauvi receives Schwarzman Scholarship
Senior Francesca Macchiavello Cauvi receives Schwarzman Scholarship
Francesca Macchiavello Cauvi, a senior majoring in Computer Science, Economics, and Data Science, has been awarded a 2022 Schwarzman Scholarship. The Schwarzman Scholars program is designed to build a global community of young leaders who will serve to deepen understanding between China and the rest of the world. Cauvi and the other 2022 recipients will begin a one-year, fully-funded master's program at Tsinghua University in Beijing next August.
MIT News: A better kind of cybersecurity strategy
MIT News: A better kind of cybersecurity strategy
MIT News features Professor Alexander Wolitzky's research on deterrence when attacks cannot be perfectly attributed to attackers, as applied to cybersecurity. "Deterrence with Imperfect Attribution," recently published in American Political Science Review, examines scenarios in which countries are aware of cyberattacks against them but lack full information about the attackers. Wolitzky and his co-authors determine that cyberdeterrence requires a markedly different approach than conventional or nuclear deterrence, and suggest that a strategic and well-informed use of selective retaliation is more effective than retaliating too quickly or too often on the basis of limited information.
Senior Marla Evelyn Odell awarded Marshall Scholarship
Senior Marla Evelyn Odell awarded Marshall Scholarship
Computer Science, Economics, and Data Science major Marla Evelyn Odell has been named a 2021 Marshall Scholar. The scholarship, funded by the British government, gives exceptional American students the opportunity to pursue two years of advanced study at any university in the U.K. Odell is a widely accomplished student, mentor, and athlete, whose achievements include establishing the MIT Science Policy Review, founding MIT's Women in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science group, rowing for MIT's Division I crew team, and serving as a managing director for Amphibious Achievement, a rowing-academic mentorship program for high school students. Odell will be pursuing a MASt in mathematical statistics at Cambridge University and an MS in the social science of the internet at Oxford University.
Anna Mikusheva recognized for outstanding support and mentorship of graduate advisees
Anna Mikusheva recognized for outstanding support and mentorship of graduate advisees
MIT News highlights Professor Anna Mikusheva, recently honored as "Committed to Caring" for her outstanding mentorship of graduate advisees. Mikusheva was recognized for the generosity with which she gives time and advice, her deep respect for students and their ideas, and her proactive approach to connecting with students regularly, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic.
MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future releases final report
MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future releases final report
The MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future, co-chaired by Ford Professor of Economics David Autor, has released its final report summarizing more than two years of research. The Work of the Future: Building Better Jobs in an Age of Intelligent Machines finds that while technological change is replacing some jobs, it is also creating new work. The task force finds that, with better policy and a more realistic understanding of technological change, more people could continue enjoying good careers, even as technology transforms the employment landscape.
Nancy Rose named recipient of the 2020 Carolyn Shaw Bell Award
Nancy Rose named recipient of the 2020 Carolyn Shaw Bell Award
Charles Kindleberger Professor of Applied Economics Nancy Rose has been honored with the Carolyn Shaw Bell Award in recognition of her accomplishments as a scholar, teacher, advisor, and leader at MIT Economics and in the profession at large. The Bell Award is given annually by the American Economic Association Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (AEA CSWEP) to individuals who have furthered the status of women in the economics profession through their example, achievements, and mentorship.
3 Questions: Daron Acemoglu on the US tax system and automation
3 Questions: Daron Acemoglu on the US tax system and automation
In a recent MIT News feature, Institute Professor Daron Acemoglu discusses his MIT Work of the Future brief with economics PhD student Andrea Manera and Boston University's Pascual Restrepo, "Taxes, Automation, and the Future of Labor."
MIT economists on the impacts of Covid-19
MIT economists on the impacts of Covid-19
MIT economists are producing working papers and research-based insights on the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
David Autor receives Heinz Award
David Autor receives Heinz Award
Ford Professor of Economics David Autor has been named the recipient of a special award commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Heinz Awards, granted annually in memory of U.S. Senator John Heinz. Autor is honored for his research on the critical issues of employment, trade, education and economic security.
Distributed Ledgers: Design and Regulation of Financial Infrastructure and Payment Systems
Distributed Ledgers: Design and Regulation of Financial Infrastructure and Payment Systems
A new book by Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics Robert Townsend provides economic analysis of distributed ledger technology (DLT), and its potential to transform economic organization and financial structures. Published last week, Distributed Ledgers is available free of charge via open access at MIT Press.
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