• 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 »

  • Heckman Study: Preschool Education Can Benefit Generations of Families

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    Early childhood education programs can impact life outcomes in ways that span generations, according to new research from Nobel laureate James Heckman. In a pair of companion papers released this week, the pioneering University of Chicago economist found that the children of those who participated in a landmark 1960s study still saw improvements in education, health and employment. The children saw such benefits without participating in the same preschool program as their parents—suggesting that early education can contribute to lasting upward mobility and help break cycles of poverty.

    “For the first time, we have experimental evidence about how a case of early childhood education propagates across generations” - Prof. James Heckman

    Heckman is the Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, whose groundbreaking work on the benefits of early childhood education has helped shape the field. Read the full story »











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