• Akcigit Awarded NSF CAREER Grant


    The University of Chicago Department of Economics is pleased to announce that Ufuk Akcigit has been selected to receive the National Science Foundation CAREER grant, the organization's most prestigious junior faculty award. The CAREER grant supports early-career faculty who "exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through [their] outstanding research, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations." Akcigit, whose recent work has focused on economic growth, innovation, and entrepreneurship, will be Principal Investigator on the grant entitled, “CAREER – Understanding Economic Growth:  Firms, Inventors, and Ideas.” Akcigit joined the Department of Economics faculty in 2015, and also serves as Director of Graduate Placement.

  • Timothy S. Fuerst, 1962-2017

    Timothy S. Fuerst

    The Department of Economics is saddened to announce that Timothy S. Fuerst, AM'87, PhD'90, passed away on February 21 at the age of 54. He was the William and Dorothy O’Neill Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame. Fuerst conducted research on monetary theory and policy, with a special focus on business cycles. His research was published in numerous scholarly journals, and according to the RePEc database, his work ranks in the top 5 percent of the most-cited contemporary economists. Fuerst also served as senior economic adviser at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

  • Voena Receives 2017 Sloan Fellowship

    Alessandra Voena

    We are very pleased to announce that Alessandra Voena has been named a 2017 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellow. The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise, and are awarded to recognize distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. Alessandra Voena is a labor and development economist whose research focuses primarily on the economics of the family. Her recent work includes examining the effects of United States welfare reform on marriage and divorce, household decision-making around fertility and education, and the economic consequences of cultural norms around marriage in sub-Saharan Africa, India and Asia. She has recently published research in American Economics Review, including work on the important role of German-Jewish emigrants on U.S. innovation.

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