• Economics Department Welcomes New Faculty Members

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    We are pleased to announce that Mikhail Golosov and Alexander Torgovitsky will join our department faculty beginning July 1, 2017. Golosov has been appointed the Homer J. Livingston Professor in Economics and the College, and was previously a professor of economics at Princeton University. His primary research fields include macroeconomics, public finance, and political economy. Torgovitsky, previously from Northwestern University, will join us as an Assistant Professor in Economics. His research interests include identification and inference problems in microeconometrics, with recent work focusing on developing tools for semiparametric nonlinear models in which the parameters of interest are partially identified.

    We also welcome Simon Mongey (NYU) and Peter Hull (MIT). Mongey is a macroeconomist with specializations in labor economics and computational economics. He will be a post-doc at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis beginning the summer of 2017, and will join our faculty as an Assistant Professor on July 1, 2018. Hull will be a post-doc at Microsoft Research beginning the summer of 2017, a Becker Friedman Institute Research Fellow beginning the summer of 2018, and will join our faculty as an Assistant Professor on July 1, 2019. His research interests include developing new econometric techniques to answer policy questions in education and health care.

    (Photo, from left: Mikhail Golosov, Alexander Torgovitsky, Simon Mongey, Peter Hull)

  • Prof. John List Receives Honorary Doctorate from University of Ottawa

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    Department Chair John A. List, the Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and the College, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Ottawa. Recognizing him as “one of the most important economists of the past thirty years,” University of Ottawa President and Vice-Chancellor Jacques Frémont noted the profound influence of List's research on a wide range of areas, in “bringing rigorous experimental methodology to the forefront of economics.” Frémont also praised List’s leadership and commitment to serving others, from his role at the University of Chicago to his long-standing efforts “stressing the importance of research to a vast audience, [from] presidential economic advisory boards to articles aimed at the general public.” Please join us in congratulating Professor List.

  • David Rockefeller, 1915-2017

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    David Rockefeller, PhD’40, a prominent philanthropist, banking executive and University trustee whose grandfather, John D. Rockefeller Sr., was the philanthropic founder of the University of Chicago, died on March 20. He was 101. Rockefeller’s ties to the University spanned a lifetime, from touring Egypt and the Middle East as a teenager with distinguished University archaeologist James Henry Breasted to the endowment of a professorship in UChicago’s economics department, from which he received his doctorate. Rockefeller was associated with the University’s Board of Trustees for seven decades, providing a strong connection to the institution’s founding in 1890. Read full story » (Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

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