News & Announcements

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.

Bryce Millett Steinberg becomes Stephen Robert Assistant Professor of Economics

July 28, 2017

Bryce Millett Steinberg, a development economist with a focus on health and education, is joining the faculty as the Stephen Robert Assistant Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs. She spent the last two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Watson Institute, and her faculty appointment will be joint with Watson as well. Steinberg earned her Ph.D. in business economics from Harvard, and before that was an economics concentrator at Brown ('09). Her research focuses on household investments in education in India, as well as the impact of piped water on health and economic activity in urban Zambia. She will be teaching development economics to undergraduate and graduate students in the Spring.

Two hundred undergraduate, eleven Ph.D. degrees to be awarded at Brown’s 249th Commencement, May 28

May 23, 2017

Economics remains a popular area of study at the undergraduate level. About two hundred undergraduate degrees will be awarded this year in Economics, Applied Math - Economics, Computer Science - Economics, and Mathematics - Economics. That is, more than one-in-eight of overall degree earners will have completed one of these concentrations, more than half of them in the Economics concentration itself. Dozens of other students are graduating with concentrations in Business Entrepreneurship and Organizations (BEO), International Relations, and other programs in which economics courses feature prominently. At the graduate level, eleven students will be awarded the Ph.D. in Economics, including students about to begin teaching careers at Vanderbilt, UC Davis, and other universities, and at the World Bank and other organizations and firms. We salute all of our graduates and wish them success in "discharging the offices of life with usefulness and reputation" (to quote Brown's mission statement).

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