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Knight and former student Durante win 2017 Best Paper prize from American Economic Journal

April 17, 2017

An article by Professor Brian Knight, former Ph.D. student Ruben Durante (now at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona), and two co-authors was awarded the 2017 Best Paper prize by the American Economics Journal -- Applied Economics.

In their article titled "Market-Based Loobbying: Evidence From Advertising  Spending in Italy," authors Stefano DellaVigna, Ruben Durante, Brian Knight, and Eliana La Ferrara study how firms in Italy changed their advertising spending when media mogul Silvio Berlusconi was in power. They estimate that Berlusconi's private television network, Mediaset, saw a significant boost in advertising spending from firms between 1993-2009, especially from companies in more regulated sectors.

U. of Chicago’s Kerwin Charles to present Bernard Fain Lecture on Labor Markets and Racial Earnings Inequality

April 17, 2017

Kerwin Charles, interim Dean and Bergman Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy will present this year's Bernard I. Fain Lecture. The title of Charles' talk is: Labor Markets, Public Policy and Racial Earnings Inequality in the U.S. The talk will take place on Tuesday, April 18 at 4:00 p.m. in Salomon 001 and is directed at the entire university community.

For more than three decades, Brown's Department of Economics has presented the annual Bernard I. Fain Lecture thanks to the generosity of the family and friends of the late Bernard Fain, a 1952 graduate of Brown University and a member of the Providence business community. A series of distinguished speakers have addressed matters of economic and social interest to the general public through these talks. Prof. Charles earned his doctorate at Cornell University and joined the University of Chicago in 2005. His research focuses on a range of questions in labor and applied microeconomics, including racial and gender discrimination in the labor market, intergenerational propagation of wealth and earnings within families, how adverse health shocks affect family stability and labor supply, and differences in consumption across racial and ethnic groups.

We remember our colleague Martin Beckmann, Professor Emeritus, dead at age 92

April 14, 2017

Martin J. Beckmann was one of the best known professors in Brown's Department of Economics during his thirty years of teaching at Brown--1959 to 1989. He joined the department after a ten-year stint--first as researcher and then as assistant professor--at Yale. For most of his teaching career, he held concurrent positions, initially at the University of Bonn, then at the Technical University in Munich. He was an expert on urban and spatial economics, operations research, and the mathematical economic theory of hierarchy. For decades following his retirement, he maintained a home on Providence's East Side and maintained connections with past colleagues. More ...

New Galor-Klemp paper on authoritarianism cited in NY Times Op Ed "In Search of a Good Emperor"

April 5, 2017

In an Op Ed in the New York Times on April 5, Ross Douthat cites the new working paper by Oded Galor and Marc Klemp, "Roots of Autocracy," when pointing out that more heterogenous populations have often been associated in history with more authoritarian rulers. Douthat cites the paper while making a connection to racial and ethnic divisions in the contemporary United States and the election of Donald Trump as President. He suggests that ethnic and racial diversity can be manipulated by authoritarian rulers for their own advancement, but that there are also historical models of "good emporers" who wisely offer each segment of a diverse polity's population its rightful voice and protections.

Professor Lint Barrage awarded a Henry Merrit Wriston Fellowship in recognition of excellence in teaching and scholarship during first years at Brown

March 29, 2017

Lint Barrage has been awarded a Henry Merritt Wriston Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year. The annual Wriston competition is one way the University recognizes young faculty who are fulfulling Brown's dual mission of excellence in both teaching and research. The committe cited Lint "not only for your innovative teaching but also the range and originality of your scholarly accomoplishments to date."

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