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Pascal Michaillat joins Brown’s Economics Department

June 27, 2016

Pascal Michaillat, a macroeconomist who earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley in 2010, is joining the faculty of Brown’s Economics department. After teaching several years at London School of Economics, he’ll be an Assistant Professor at Brown on his arrival in the summer of 2016. Michaillat’s research has focused on a variety of topics related to unemployment, and he will teach undergraduate intermediate macroeconomics during his first year at Brown. 

Pascal Michaillat obtained his first university degree in engineering at the Ecole Centrale Paris in 2005. Thereafter, he turned his attention to economics, earning his Ph.D. at the University of California-Berkeley in 2010.  His thesis advisors were George Akerlof and Yuriy Gorodnichenko.  His first published paper, “Do Matching Frictions Explain Unemployment? Not in Bad Times,” appeared in the American Economic Review in 2012.  In addition to a second solo-authored paper appearing in the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics in 2014, his co-authored paper with Emmanuel Saez titled “Aggregate Demand, Idle Time, and Unemployment” appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Economics in 2015. He has a “pipeline” of other significant research collaborations with Saez and others.

Michaillat’s arrival at Brown represents the latest step in the building of a strong group of macroeconomists whose work focuses on short-run macroeconomic issues.  Other faculty working in this field include Professor Gauti Eggertsson and Assistant Professors Joaquin Blaum and Neil Mehrotra.