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Louis Cain was elected a fellow of the Cliometrics Society, Class of 2019, joining colleagues Joel Mokyr (2010) and Joe Ferrie (2018).

Ivan Canay  was elected a fellow of the International Association for applied econometrics. He also won an NSF TRIPODS award to launch The Institute for Data, Econometrics, Algorithms, and Learning (IDEAL); a multi-discipline (computer science, statistics, economics, electrical engineering, and operations research) and multi-institution (Northwestern University, Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago, and University of Chicago) collaborative institute that focuses on key aspects of the theoretical foundations of data science. He continues to serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Econometrics, the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, and the Econometrics Journal; and is the recipient of the best Associate Editor award from the Journal of Econometrics. Recent publications include: Bugni, F.A., I. A. Canay, and A. M. Shaikh (2019): "Inference under Covariate-Adaptive Randomization with Multiple Treatments'', Quantitative Economics, 10 (4), 1747-1785, and Canay I. A., A. Santos, and A. M. Shaikh (2020): "The Wild Bootstrap with a "Small'' Number of "Large'' Clusters'', The Review of Economic and Statistics, forthcoming.

Eddie Dekel received an NSF grant starting in Summer 2019 for his work on "Evidence in Economic Models." The proposal is joint with Bart Lipman from Boston University and the research is also joint with Elchanan Ben Porath from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Their paper "Mechanisms with Evidence: Commitment and Robustness," was published in Econometrica, Vol. 87, March 2019, pp. 529-566. Additionally, Dekel is an associate editor of Theoretical Economics.

Matthias Doepke published a new book on the economics of parenting entitled "Love, Money, and Parenting: How Economics Explains the Way We Raise Our Kids" (joint with Fabrizio Zilibotti of Yale University, published by Princeton University Press). The book was widely discussed in the media, including outlets such as the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Time Magazine, and NPR, and an op-ed based on the book was featured in the Washington Post. He continues to serve as editor of the Review of Economic Dynamics and Associate Editor of the American Economic Review. His journal publications this year include "Bargaining over Babies: Theory, Evidence, and Policy Implications" (with Fabian Kindermann), published in the American Economic Review, vol. 109 no. 9, September 2019.

Robert Gordon's research is supported by a grant from the Smith-Richardson Foundation. He presented a keynote speech on “The Future of Potential Output” at the annual meeting of the Western Economic Association in San Francisco in July. A featured article on his research appeared in Ahasi Shinbum, one of Japan’s largest-circulation newspapers, and he was mentioned in a lead editorial of the Economist. He was also cited in the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. He is a member of the NBER Business Cycle Dating Committee, the Economic Advisory Council of the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Economic Advisory Panel of Macro Advisers, and the Economic Advisory Committee of the Chicago Federal Reserve. His recent publications include “The Industry Anatomy of the Transatlantic Productivity Slowdown: Europe Chasing the American Frontier,” the lead article in the International Productivity Monitor, no. 37, Fall 2019, pp. 1-26 (with recent NU graduate Hassan Sayed). Also “Prospects for a Revival in U. S. Productivity Growth,” Journal of Policy Modeling, vol. 41, May 2019, pp. 444-458 (with Hassan Sayed).

Joel Horowitz is a co-investigator on the NSF TRIPODS award to launch The Institute for Data, Econometrics, Algorithms, and Learning (IDEAL); a multi-disciplinary (computer science, statistics, economics, electrical engineering, and operations research) and multi-institutional (Northwestern University, Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago, and University of Chicago) collaborative institute that focuses on key aspects of the theoretical foundations of data science. Horowitz’s recent publications include J.L. Horowitz, “Bootstrap Methods in Econometrics,” Annual Review of Economics, 11, 193-224, 2019 and J.L. Horowitz and L. Nesheim, “Using Penalized Likelihood to Select Parameters in a Random Coefficients Multinomial Logit Model,” Journal of Econometrics, forthcoming. Horowitz presented a paper entitled “Testing Exogeneity in Nonparametric Instrumental Variables Models Identified by Conditional Quantile Restrictions” at the conference of the Bristol Econometrics Study group in the U.K. He presented another paper entitled “Permutation Tests for Equality of Distributions of Functional Data” at a conference entitled “Foundations of Modern Statistics” at the Weierstrass Institute for Applied Stochastics in Berlin, Germany.

Charles Manski published his new book Patient Care under Uncertainty (Princeton University Press) in September. In November, he gave a Distinguished Social Science Lecture at WZB Berlin and the Hirschfeld Lectures at Humboldt University. In December he gave the Haavelmo Lecture at the University of Oslo.

Wojciech Olszewski was elected an Economic Theory Fellow (of the Society of Advancement of Economic Theory). He continued to serve as an associate editor of Theoretical Economics and American Economic Journal: Microeconomics. Recent publications: Large Contests without Single-Crossing”, with Ron Siegel, forthcoming in Economic Theory, “Performance-Maximizing Large Contests,” with Ron Siegel, forthcoming in Theoretical Economics, and “Bid Caps in Large Contests,” with Ron Siegel, Games and Economic Behavior 115 (2019), 101-112.

Robert Porter  is serving as the Vice President of the Industrial Organization Society, and will serve as President next year. He gave the J.J. Laffont Lecture at the 14th CRESSE Conference on Advances in the Analysis of Competition Policy and Regulation, in Rhodes, Greece in July. He is one of the founding Editors of Microeconomic Insights, a website that provides accessible summaries of high quality microeconomic research.

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