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“Make America Fair Again”: Harvard’s Douglas Elmendorf to give Economics in the Real World Lecture Oct. 11

September 21, 2017

The Economics Department sponsors public lectures each year directed at the broad university community, especially undergraduates. This year’s Economics in the Real World Lecture is co-sponsored by the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs and will be given by economist Douglas Elmendorf, currently Dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Elmendorf is a former senior fellow of the Brookings Institution and was Director of the Congressional Budget Office from 2009 to 2015. The talk, titled “Make America Fair Again,” will take place Wednesday, October 11, from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. at room 130 at 85 Waterman Street (IBES).

Econ Focus publishes interview with Jesse Shapiro

September 1, 2017

Econ Focus, a quarterly publication of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, published an interview with Brown professor Jesse Shapiro in its latest issue. The interview covers a number of topics in Shapiro's research, including the political economy of mass media and the growth in political polarization.

First annual Innovative Policy Conference held June 15

August 24, 2017

More than 250 federal and state policy makers, community organizers and scholars from across the country attended the first annual Innovative Policy Conference co-organized by Justine Hastings of the Economics Department, Watson Institute and Rhode Island Innovative Policy Lab and by the office of the Governor of Rhode Island. The conference focused on the importance of research-driven policy, state-university partnership, and the importance of fact-based policy for all sides of the political spectrum.

Bobby Pakzad-Hurson joins our department as Assistant Professor

August 17, 2017

Bobby Pakzad-Hurson has joined the economics faculty as an assistant professor. Pakzad-Hurson conducts research in market design, combining theoretical, experimental, and empirical analyses to study internet marketplaces. He joins Brown after completing his PhD at Stanford University earlier this year. This academic year, he'll be teaching a graduate class in market design and an undergraduate class on internet economics. His appointment is affiliated with the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship.

Rafael La Porta joins Brown Department of Economics

July 28, 2017

Rafael La Porta, who taught at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University from 2003 to 2016 and in the Harvard Economics Department from 1994 to 2003, has joined Brown's Department of Economics. La Porta, well known for his research on law and finance, investor protection, corporate governance, and behavioral finance, is now the Robert J. and Nancy D. Carney University Professor of Economics at Brown. He will also serve as the First Faculty Director of the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship.

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