News: Academic Year 2016-17
Professor Eddie Dekel giving his Presidential Address to the Econometric Society in Chicago on January 5, 2017. The title of his talk was "Hard Evidence in Mechanism Design and in Games." He is succeeded by Drew Fudenberg of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who introduced him. Notably, Dekel’s predecessor as President was another member of the Economics Faculty, Robert Porter.
Professor Robert Gordon was selected by Bloomberg Markets as one of the 50 Most Influential People in the World for 2016. His book, The Rise and Fall of American Growth, was a finalist for the Financial Times / McKinsey Best Business Book of the Year Award and was featured by the New York Times as among the 100 Most Notable Books of 2016. In late November he traveled to the Retreat of the IMF Executive Board in Williamsburg, Virginia, where a morning of presentation and discussion was devoted to his ideas on the sources of slowing worldwide growth.
Professor Joel Mokyr served as the 2015-16 President of the International Atlantic Economic Society. In introducing Professor Mokyr's presidential address, the past-president and former NU-faculty member professor Charles Calomiris, Henry Kaufman Professor of Financial Institutions at Columbia Business School said: How do you introduce someone who has been a friend and colleague for more than three decades? In this case, by being brief, knowing that he cares less for encomium than for being given more time to illuminate. Joel Mokyr is the Robert H. Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Economics and History at Northwestern University. Not content to occupy positions in two departments there, he also holds a Raymond and Beverly Sackler Senior Professor appointment at the University of Tel Aviv. Joel has published a large number of books and articles, but even more impressive has been the influence of those works, as shown by the number of awards he has received for his work, and by the depth and breadth of his influence, as illustrated by the fact that he is an American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow, a foreign Fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, and a corresponding member of the British Academy. Joel's work addresses big questions, such as "Why did a whole country starve?" (with reference to mid-19th century Ireland), "Why did the Industrial Revolution begin where and when it did?", "What are the processes that govern technological change?", "How does culture shape economic progress?" It is for all these reasons that Joel Mokyr should be regarded not only as one of the great intellectual economists of his generation, but as one of the great intellectuals of his generation. His topic today is another big question: "Is Technological Change a Matter of the Past?"
Distinguished Teaching Assistants Honored
The Department's Distinguished Teaching Assistant Awards for 2015-16 were presented in October 2016. The winners are: Arjada Bardhi, Gideon Bornstein, Sena Ekin Coskun, Gabriela Cugat, Matias Escudero, Loren Fryxell, Sergey Gitlin, Joseph Hardwick, Sebastian Kohls, Matthew Leisten, Chiara Maggi, Giacomo Magistretti, Jordan Norris and Alex Theisen. These awards are given to the top third of our Teaching Assistants, based on student and faculty evaluations.
Robert Eisner Memorial Fellowships
In October 2016, fellowships in honor of our late colleague Robert Eisner were presented. For 2016-17 the Fellowships were awarded to Gideon Bornstein (left) and Vishal Kamat. The winners are pictured with Mrs. Edith Eisner. The fellowships are awarded annually to graduate students who have distinguished themselves in both teaching and research.
Susan Bies Research Prizes
The annual Susan Schmidt Bies Prizes for Doctoral Student Research on Economics and Public Policy were awarded in October 2016. The awards are given to the best public policy papers presented as part of the Economics 501 Graduate Student seminar. The winners for 2015-16 were Sam Norris (left) for a paper on “Rise and Shine: The Effect of School Start Times on Academic Performance from Childhood through Puberty” and Sasha Indarte (right) for “Contagion via Financial Intermediaries in Pre-1914 Sovereign Debt Markets.” The prizes were generously donated by alumna Susan Schmidt Bies (PhD, 1972). Her professional career included serving on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
ASG Teaching Honors 2016
Congratulations to Scott Ogawa (left), William Rogerson (right) and Eric Schulz on their election to the Associated Student Government Honor Roll for teaching excellence for 2015-16.
Students nominated professors that go above and beyond expectations, and the winners were selected from the list of nominations as faculty members who are truly exceptional.
In September 2016 the Department welcomed two new faculty members.
Gaston Illanes joins us as an Assistant Professor after completing his PhD at MIT. His research interests are in industrial organization and econometrics. His dissertation dealt with strategic behavior in pension markets.
Daley Kutzman, who has interests in development and agriculture, joins the department as an Assistant Professor of Instruction. She completed her PhD at the University of California at Berkeley.
We also hired Matthew Rognlie, a macroeconomist, also completed his PhD at MIT. He is taking a post-doc year at Princeton University and will join the Department in the summer of 2017.