Man in suit smiling in black and whiteThe Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics is pleased to announce Alex Torgovitsky as the next Grossman Prize Lecturer. To be eligible for this honor, applicants must hold the rank of Full Professor and must have an exemplary record of scholarship and classroom teaching.

As the Grossman Prize Lecturer, Torgovitsky will be appointed for five years, during which time he will develop a new set of lectures and teach the undergraduate course he has selected. The new lectures he develops will also be prepared and published in textbook form. Specifically, Torgovitsky plans to develop a pair of companion courses, Econ 21040 and 21050, Econometrics II and Econometrics II - Honors, which will emphasize empirics, coding, and hands-on work, without sacrificing any theoretical rigor.

The Grossman Prize Lectureship is funded by the Sanford J. Grossman Fund in Economics. The primary purpose of the endowment is to extend the influence of the Chicago faculty in undergraduate education in Economics by enhancing and extending the involvement of the senior faculty in the undergraduate program and encouraging them to disseminate their lectures in book form.

Torgovitsky’s personal research focuses on microeconometrics, applied econometrics, and causal inference. His most recently published papers include “Nonparametric Inference on State Dependence in Unemployment” in Econometrica, and “Partial Identification by Extending Subdistributions” in Quantitative Economics.

He has been a Professor in the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics since 2020, an Assistant Professor in the department 2017-2020, and was a Visiting Assistant Professor 2015-2016. He was also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Northwestern University 2011-2017.

Alex Torgovitsky’s appointment as Grossman Prize Lecturer will begin on July 1, 2021.

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