• Santiago Franco named a 2020-21 Urban Doctoral Fellow

    Santiago Franco, a third year Economics PhD student, has been named a 2020-21 Urban Doctoral Fellow. The Mansueto Institute’s Urban Doctoral Fellows program provides a yearlong writing and professionalization experience for up to ten University of Chicago doctoral students whose research focuses on urban issues. 

    Franco's research interests include macroeconomics, economic growth, firm dynamics and urban economics. His ongoing projects on urban topics use machine learning techniques to study household location sorting and neighborhood composition. Outside urban economics, he has been working on productivity estimation and the relationship between intellectual property concentration and business dynamism. Santiago was born in Medellín, Colombia and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, both from Los Andes University in Bogotá, Colombia.

    Read about the other Urban Doctoral Fellows at https://miurban.uchicago.edu/urbandocfellows2020-21/


  • TMW Center Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    The work of the TMW Center is about much more than language development—it’s about supporting families, it is about equity, and it is about justice. As has long been clear to many in this country, particularly men, women, and children of color, justice isn’t bestowed equally, if at all, to all Americans. In recent months, many more citizens seem to have awakened to this intolerable reality. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other people of color at the hands of white police officers and vigilantes are only the most recent painful examples of centuries’ worth of racial injustice in the United States. But they have awakened a nation to the need to undo the harms wrought by structural racism, police brutality, redlining, and other forms of white oppression—and the tremendous work that will be required to do so.

    At the TMW Center, we’re committed to this work. It’s our obligation as public servants and as individuals. We recognize that this work will not come easily and will not be completed quickly. But we know, too, that there can be no delay in its undertaking, and that continuing with business as usual is simply not an option. We’ve taken several, initial steps in pursuit of fostering an anti-racist culture across our country, in our communities, and at the TMW Center.

    As a staff, we have been engaging in difficult conversations about race, privilege, and bias, dedicating time and space specifically to these topics, but also seeking to more intentionally weave them into all of our work. We’ve compiled and shared with one another resources to aid us in this work. This includes resources specifically for parents and educators; tips for getting involved in the anti-racism movement in Chicago and nationally; and recommendations of books, articles, movies, and podcasts to help us learn, grow, and feel inspired.  The next stage of our work is to engage with outside experts to reimagine how we do our work to ensure we live up to our aspiration to be an actively anti-racist organization.  As we pursue this work, TMW Center leadership has been unwavering in its support of staff, partners, and families who are hurting and unequivocal its affirmation of the notion that Black Lives Matter.

    We created the precursor to the TMW Center because we were outraged by American educational inequities and because we knew that all parents want what’s best for their children.  More than ten years later, the TMW Center remains unwavering in its commitment to pursue interventions that close gaps of inequity and opportunity and improve children’s lives. We’re equally committed to fighting the systemic and structural racism that is responsible for so many of those chasms. 

  • Magne Mogstad is the 2020 Sherwin Rosen Prize Recipient

    The Society of Labor Economists has awarded the 2020 Sherwin Rosen Prize to Magne Mogstad for outstanding achievement in the field of labor economics. The prize was created in 2003 and is given to those labor economists who make the greatest contributions to the discipline within 12 years of receiving their PhD.

    According to an article in the Journal of Labor Economics (July 2020), "Mogstad's research has generated important advances in core issues related to economic inequality and intergenerational mobility, human capital investments, the economics of the family, public economics and social policy and empirical methodology. He is an innovative leader in harnessing the power of large and rich administrative data sets combined with more credible identification strategies to generate new, compelling and policy-relevant insights into important social problems." The article highlights his broad contributions to topics including: "the importance of peer effects and family interactions in decisions to participate in social programs; the impact of technological change (broadband internet) on the labor market and some illicit activities (sex crimes); the estimation of labor market returns to years of schooling, vocational education, and field of study in college; the impacts of public subsidies for child care on parents and children; the impacts and operation of disability programs; the estimation of firm effects on wages and the implications for the importance of compensating wage differentials and rent sharing in wage inequality; the potential rehabilitative effects of incarceration; the impacts of assortative mating on inequality; and the nonexperimental estimation of treatment effects as well as the strengths and limitations of instrumental variable estimates."

    Mogstad is the Gary S. Becker Professor of Economics at The University of Chicago where he has been a faculty member since 2014. He has been a co-editor of the Journal of Political Economy since 2017 and has served as co-editor of the Journal of Public Economics from 2015 to 2018.

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