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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.

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.

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