Heckman and Stokey elected AEA Distinguished Fellows

aea distinguished fellows 2017.png

We are very pleased to announce that the American Economic Association has elected James J. Heckman and Nancy L. Stokey as 2017 AEA Distinguished Fellows. Heckman is the Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics and the College, director of the Center for the Economics of Human Development at the University of Chicago, and the recipient of the 2000 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics. His recent research has focused on human development and lifecycle skill formation with emphasis on the economics of early childhood development, and has helped inform policymakers on education, job-training programs, anti-discrimination law, and civil rights.

Stokey is the Frederick Henry Prince Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and the College. She is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences, and holds honorary doctorates from Northwestern University and the University of Western Ontario. She is also the Director of Graduate Studies at the Department of Economics. She has made fundamental contributions in microeconomics, economic theory, finance, and in macroeconomics, with her recent work in economic dynamics examining why countries catch up or fall behind. The American Economic Association instituted the Award of Distinguished Fellow in 1965 to recognize economists of high distinction in the United States and Canada.

Economics Department Welcomes New Faculty Members

new faculty 2017 photo composite.png

We are pleased to announce that Mikhail Golosov and Alexander Torgovitsky will join our department faculty beginning July 1, 2017. Golosov has been appointed the Homer J. Livingston Professor in Economics and the College, and was previously a professor of economics at Princeton University. His primary research fields include macroeconomics, public finance, and political economy. Torgovitsky, previously from Northwestern University, will join us as an Assistant Professor in Economics. His research interests include identification and inference problems in microeconometrics, with recent work focusing on developing tools for semiparametric nonlinear models in which the parameters of interest are partially identified.

We also welcome Simon Mongey (NYU) and Peter Hull (MIT). Mongey is a macroeconomist with specializations in labor economics and computational economics. He will be a post-doc at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis beginning the summer of 2017, and will join our faculty as an Assistant Professor on July 1, 2018. Hull will be a post-doc at Microsoft Research beginning the summer of 2017, a Becker Friedman Institute Research Fellow beginning the summer of 2018, and will join our faculty as an Assistant Professor on July 1, 2019. His research interests include developing new econometric techniques to answer policy questions in education and health care.

(Photo, from left: Mikhail Golosov, Alexander Torgovitsky, Simon Mongey, Peter Hull)

Prof. John List Receives Honorary Doctorate from University of Ottawa

list ottawa doctorate 2.jpg

Department Chair John A. List, the Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and the College, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Ottawa. Recognizing him as “one of the most important economists of the past thirty years,” University of Ottawa President and Vice-Chancellor Jacques Frémont noted the profound influence of List's research on a wide range of areas, in “bringing rigorous experimental methodology to the forefront of economics.” Frémont also praised List’s leadership and commitment to serving others, from his role at the University of Chicago to his long-standing efforts “stressing the importance of research to a vast audience, [from] presidential economic advisory boards to articles aimed at the general public.” Please join us in congratulating Professor List.

Share this page