• 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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  • Statement on Discriminatory Behavior


    The Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics wholeheartedly endorses the University of Chicago’s statement opposing discriminatory behavior:

    The University of Chicago does not tolerate intimidating, hostile or offensive discriminatory behavior that targets groups or individuals, and we take seriously any matter that interferes with educational program participation. Such behavior is in direct contradiction to the University’s values that everyone must have the opportunity to participate fully in an open and questioning environment. The University is currently reviewing claims that a faculty member engaged in discriminatory conduct on the basis of race in a University classroom.  The Journal of Political Economy has also placed the faculty member on leave from his role as a journal editor.


    June 22, 2020

    The University has completed a review of claims that a faculty member engaged in discriminatory conduct on the basis of race in a University classroom.  The review concluded that at this time there is not a basis for a further investigation or disciplinary proceeding.  The University’s policy on harassment, discrimination, and sexual misconduct is posted here.  In light of this outcome, the Journal of Political Economy has returned the faculty member to his role as journal editor.

  • Professional Development Lunch Conversation for Female PhD Students, Post-Docs, Senior Research Associates, and Faculty

    On May 12, the Department hosted the third annual Professional Development Lunch Conversation for Female Academic Professionals and Students. The goal of the meeting is to provide graduate student women with professional development opportunities that they might not otherwise receive through traditional course work and research opportunities. Alessandra Voena and Manasi Deshpande hosted the Zoom event, and there were approximately 40 participants. Students submitted questions in advance, which were used as a starting point for a broader debate about three main topics: expectations for different years in the Ph.D. program, advice for selecting an advisor and committee and ensuring productive communication with them, and ways in which the job market is changing. Participants reported that they appreciated the organization and opportunity.



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