Announcements

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News Archive - Page 17

  • Sixteenth Annual Razin Prize.

    The Graduate Committee is pleased to announce that Mauricio Tejada has won the sixteenth annual competition for the Razin Prize, for his paper "Dual Labor Markets and Labor Protection in an Estimated Search and Matching Model." Congratulations to Mauricio and his thesis advisor Luca Flabbi.

    The award ceremony will be held on April 3rd 2013, and will coincide with the annual Razin Lecture in Economic Policy by Ronny Razin (LSE). Further details will follow.

  • Professor Ronny Razin to deliver Razin Policy Lecture in April

    Ronny Razin
    GCER is pleased to announce GCER is pleased to announce that Ronny Razin, Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics will present the 2013 Razin Policy Lecture at Georgetown University. This year's Razin Lecture will take place on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 from 4:00 - 6pm at McShain Large Lounge (Kennedy Hall). His talk is entitled "The Debate about Online Debates: What Can We Learn From Economic Theory"

    Ronny Razin is an internationally recognized political economist whose work spans a wide range of issues and problems. Some of his best known work concerns the critical question of whether democracies aggregate information properly. In most democratic countries, voters are motivated to use the information they have to determine the winning candidate. In one of his more widely acclaimed studies, Professor Razin suggests a second motivation, one no less important: voters are motivated to use their votes to affect the policy choice of the winning candidate by influencing candidates' beliefs. Professor Razin's research shows how and why these two motivations may conflict to produce unsatisfactory electoral results and policy outcomes.

    Professor Razin has also published several prominent papers on interest group and party formation, and on political communication. His current work studies the unusual political economics of religion, its role in voting participation, social cooperation, and policy making. This year's Razin Prize Recipient is Mauricio Tejada for his excellent paper on: "Dual Labor Markets and Labor Protection in an Estimated Search and Matching Model", under the guidance of Luca Flabbi.

    Professor Razin is brother of the late Ofair Razin in whose honor the Lecture is named. The Razin Lecture is to be accompanied by the awarding of the Razin Prize for best research paper by an advanced graduate student. Click here for more on the Razin Prize and Policy Lecture, its background, and history.

  • Distinguished Visitor Program to begin this week.

    Distinguished Visitor Program to begin this week.

    Dirk Krueger

    This week marks the arrival of the first of three Distinguished Visiting faculty this academic year. Dirk Krueger, Professor of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania arrives at Georgetown this week to meet with faculty and students in the Department of Economics. Professor Krueger has published extensively on issues relating to consumption inequality, redistribution, and social insurance. His work has been prominently cited in top press outlets such as The Economist, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. During his stay at Georgetown, Professor Krueger will present his work on "Intergenerational Redistribution in the Great Recession" in the Macroeconomics workshop.

    Professor Krueger joins Guido Lorenzoni, Associate Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Gianluca Violante,   Professor of Economics, New York University as the inaugural Distinguished Visiting faculty.

  • Prominent Development Economist to inaugurate Edmond D. Villani Chair in Economics.

    Martin Ravallion
    The Georgetown Department of Economics and the Georgetown Center for Economic Research are very pleased to announce that Martin Ravallion will be joining the Department and GCER in January 2013 as the inaugural Edmond D. Villani Chaired Professor in Economics. Professor Ravallion will be moving to Georgetown from the World Bank where he currently holds the position of Director of the Development Research Group.

    With nearly 300 publications, Professor Ravallion is one of the most prominent development economists in the world. His work has led to new ways of thinking about economic decisions and empirical regularities in development.

    Professor Ravallion's research is wide-ranging. His early work on the 1974 famine in Bangladesh explained and documented the various economic and political forces that led to sharply increasing rice prices and later to widespread famine. His work would eventually become a companion to the theory of famines developed around the same time by future Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen. Ravallion would later develop usable indicators of poverty, including the now famous "dollar-a-day" poverty line, and explore the role of limited commitment in the ability of informally organized groups to provide their members with insurance. More recently, Ravallion has written extensively on China and India, assessing the links between growth and poverty reduction in the two countries.

    Much of Professor Ravallion's work is now standard reading for students in development economics. Both the empirical measures and the theories he developed form the basis of countless studies over the past two decades.

    Martin Ravallion received his PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1981. He went on to hold positions at Oxford University and the Australian National University, before joining the World Bank in 1988. As current Director of the Development Research Group, he manages and supervises a staff that shapes and executes the Bank's research agenda and provides expertise to policy makers at the highest levels. Professor Ravallion has held visiting positions at numerous institutions including Princeton, Toulouse, Warwick, the Australian National University, the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, and Gadja Mada University in Indonesia.

  • GCER Fellow William Jack shows Georgetown students how to apply their research skills in economics to real world problems in Kenya.

    A recent issue of Georgetown College News reports that Associate Professor and GCER Fellow Billy Jack, sent Yun Ling, Lucie Parker, Alec Villec and Cindy Yang(F'12) to Nairobi to work with him on his current field projects. Professor Jack has conducted extensive research in eastern Africa. Over the summer, he showed the students how their economics knowledge could be applied to a range of topics from road safety and maternal health saving to financial literacy for Kenyan teens. They also learned how their economics skills can effect change from this trip.

    Please see more here.