Sherman Shapiro, UChicago Ph.D. Economics, 1925-2019

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From the family of Dr. Sherman Shapiro, who passed away on June 22, 2019:

"Sherman Shapiro gained his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago in the early 1960s, and kept in touch regularly with the department. His education was key to his world view and progress in life. In his 94-year-long life, he was the Assistant to the Comptroller of the Currency for the U.S. Government, he was an Assistant professor of Economics at University of Texas, Austin, Associate Professor of Economics at Notre Dame, and Department Chairman and Professor of Economics at University of Illinois, Circle Campus. He was also the Senior Economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He was a consultant to top banks and S&L's across the Chicago area. His Ph.D. from the University of Chicago was a big step forward for a boy born into poverty, and he used his degree both as an educator and to help the nation.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen; his two sons, Carl Shapiro and David Shapiro, and two grandchildren, Eva and Ben. One of his grandchildren, Eva Sierra Shapiro, received her Ph.D. in Economics from University of California, Santa Cruz, on June 16, about 1 week before Sherman's passing on June 22, around midnight. If one wishes to make a donation, please contribute to the poor and needy. Thank you for passing this news to his friends.
Ellen, David and Carl Shapiro"

Shaikh Receives Ralph and Mary Otis Isham Professorship


The Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics is pleased to announce that Azeem Shaikh has been named the Ralph and Mary Otis Isham Professor of Economics, effective July 2, 2019. Shaikh will be the second Ralph and Mary Otis Isham Professor of Economics chair in the department. Ali Hortacsu previously received the Ralph and Mary Otis Isham named professorship in 2014.


Journal of Political Economy to Publish Monthly Beginning 2020

The Journal of Political Economy (JPE) will move from a bimonthly to a monthly publication schedule beginning in January 2020 (volume 128, issue 1). The frequency increase is a direct response to the volume of high-quality submissions received by the journal and will reduce each article's time-to-publication.

Since 2015, JPE has doubled in size and will grow another 50% with the new 12-issue-per-year schedule. The commencement of the monthly frequency will enable to journal to publish approximately 4,500 pages and 100 articles each year, while maintaining its competitive acceptance rate of less than 8%.

Speaking for the editors, we are excited about this historic change for JPE. Over the last few years, JPE has successfully increased its share of publishing the most path-breaking research in economics, and it is increasingly sought-after as the journal of first choice for authors. This can be seen in the doubling in size of JPE issues from 2014 to now, while maintaining the journal's high impact factor. The new monthly schedule reflects this success and will establish JPE even more firmly as the leading journal of the profession. — Prof Harald Uhlig, Lead Editor

JPE, which was first published in 1892 as a founding journal of the University of Chicago Press, has sustained its status as a leading voice in rigorous, creative, and pioneering economic research for more than 125 years. Read full story »

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