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Guido Imbens, 1991 Brown Ph.D. recipient, is 2016 – 17 Horace Mann Medal winner

May 23, 2017

Brown University bestows the Horace Mann Medal each year to a Brown Graduate School alumnus or alumna who has made important contributions in his or her field. Imbens earned his Ph.D. in Economics at Brown in 1991 and went on to teach at Harvard, UCLA, and UC Berkeley before moving to Stanford University, where he currently teaches at the Graduate School of Business. He is recognized for research on methods for drawing causal inferences in observational studies which have raised the quality of research in economics, statistics, and biomedical sciences, influencing how clinical trials are analyzed, among other applications. The award will be bestowed at the graduate school doctoral ceremony on May 28. More...

Janet Yellen returns to Brown to speak at 125 Years of Women at Brown Conference

May 8, 2017

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, a member of the Brown class of 1967, returned to speak at the invitation only conference on 125 Years of Women at Brown on May 5. Following her remarks she was awarded the President's Medal by Brown President Christina Paxson. In a letter sent to his family in 2014, Yellen said that she had planned to major in philosophy until she became intrigued by econimics courses she took with Brown faculty including Professor George Borts, who died in that year shortly after his retirement. She has been a guest of Brown's Economics Department on past occassions, including her delivery of the Bernard I. Fain lecture in the early 1990s.

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Work by Professor Aizer cited in recent New York Times article "Supply Side Economics, but for Liberals"

April 19, 2017

Work by Professor Anna Aizer was cited in an article in the New York Times published on April 15, 2017. In his article, "Supply Side Economics, but for Liberals," Neil Irwin argues that certain social welfare programs "may actually encourage more people to work and enable them to do so more productively." He cites work by Aizer and co-authors estimating the long term impact of welfare receipt in childhood on educational attainment, income in adulthood and mortality.

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.

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