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Research

Our faculty has structured the department to have strong coverage in applied microeconomics, econometrics, economic theory, finance, and macroeconomics. Within these areas, our faculty work on a wide range of topics in economics important to the country and the world. Some of our most impactful work focuses on:

  • The US and global financing system
  • How unemployment affects workers and the economy
  • Causes and consequences of economic inequality and poverty
  • Household economic choices and economic behavior
  • The importance of game theory and political economy to understanding economic outcomes

By focusing on these five core areas, particularly at the graduate level, the department offers a unique, specific educational experience. Aside from traditional coursework, research, and special lectures (including the Distinguished Lectures in Economics and the Newcomb Lecture), the department holds three weekly seminars to encourage collaboration and communication within these five disciplines. The seminars attract top scholars from throughout the world to discuss their work and also provide a forum for faculty and students to present their recent research.

The department also has a set of weekly brown bag seminars where graduate students present their research to their fellow students and the faculty.

Research Highlights

game theory and political economy

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Centralized Matching with Incomplete Information

American Economic Review: Insights

Forthcoming.

unemployment and the economy

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Misclassification Errors In Labor Force Statuses and the Early Identification of Economic Recessions

Journal of Asian Economics

2021

unemployment and the economy

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Missing Events in Event Studies: Identifying the Effects of Partially Measured News Surprises

American Economic Review

2020

economic behavior

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Revealed Preferences over Risk and Uncertainty

American Economic Review

2020

economic inequality and poverty

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Genetic Endowments and Wealth Inequality

Journal of Political Economy

2020

u.s. and global financing system

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Bargaining and News

American Economic Review

2020

u.s. and global financing system

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Macroprudential Regulation Versus Mopping Up After the Crash

The Review of Economic Studies

2020

game theory and political economy

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A Mechanisms for Eliciting Second-Order Beliefs and the Inclination to Choose

American Economic Journal: Microeconomics

2018

u.s. and global financing system

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The Fed and Lehman Brothers: Setting the Record Straight on a Financial Disaster (book)

2018

U.S. and Global financing system

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Expected Inflation and Other Determinants of Treasury Yields

The Journal of Finance

2018

economic behavior

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The Distribution of Wealth and the Marginal Propensity to Consume

Quantitative Economics

2017

economic inequality and poverty

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The Economics of Means-Tested Transfer Programs in the United States, Vol. 1 (book)

2016

economic inequality and poverty

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Isolated Capital Cities, Accountability, and Corruption:  Evidence from U.S. States

American Economic Review

2014

game theory and political economy

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Mandatory vs. Discretionary Spending:  The Status Quo Effect

American Economic Review

2014