Entries by Simon Board

Rosa Matzkin elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

UCLA professor of economics Rosa Matzkin is among 213 individuals from a wide range of disciplines and professions to be elected as members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2018. Founded in 1780, the academy honors exceptional scholars, leaders, artists and innovators and engages them in sharing knowledge and addressing challenges facing […]

Regulations and Competition in Subsidized Insurance Markets

The U.S. government has been increasingly relying on markets to deliver public health insurance benefits. In this setting, policymakers not only need to consider the direct provisions to consumers (e.g. the level of the subsidy) but also how the subsidized markets function (e.g. the characteristics of the products offered). The exchanges established by the Affordable […]

James Min

James Min, a UCLA alumnus, is the founder of Telos Advisors – a boutique investment bank with offices in Santa Monica and San Francisco. During his undergraduate years at UCLA, James obtained his Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Business Economics and Political Science with the intention of someday going to law school, but instead […]

Hugo Hopenhayn awarded NSF Grant

We’d like to congratulate Professor Hugo Hopenhayn for winning an NSF grant on “Innovations, Innovators and Knowledge Transfer”. The proposed research project studies the incentives and rewards to innovation, and their impacts on economic development, growth and welfare. In particular, it examines three related questions as follows: Is innovation going to the right areas? Are the […]

Martin Feldstein gives MAE Distinguished Speaker Talk

Professor Martin Feldstein gave the MAE Distinguished speaker talk on “The Future of Taxes, Money, and the Stock Market”. Professor Feldstein is the George F. Baker Professor of Economics at Harvard University and President Emeritus of the National Bureau of Economic Research.   From 1982-1984, he was Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors and President Ronald […]

Adriana Lleras-Muney wins Scoville Teaching Award

In fall 2017, the economics department awarded Professor Lleras-Muney the Warren C. Scoville Distinguished Teaching Award for her class Economics 130: Public Finance. Professor Lleras-Muney’s popular lab-based public finance course introduces students to the latest issues on a range of public policy topics, ranging from health care to education. The class instructs students in data […]

Debt Strategy

A classic question in economics is: How to design an optimal debt strategy? This is a problem confronted by the treasury of any government or any big corporation. A debt strategy must determine an amount of debt issuances and its maturity structure. Economics offers a number of theories that guide that design. Although each theory […]

Karen Williams

Karen Williams’ success as a businesswoman, educator, and leader are testament to her ability to make smart calculated decisions, and her self-described scrappiness. Her long, winding, and triumphant journey has taken her through many paths and many pivots. A journey that started, right here, at UCLA. Williams looks back at her undergraduate years very fondly. […]

Simon Board Gives Alumni Talk in London

Professor Simon Board gave a talk to UCLA alumni in London on the topic of “Reputation Design”. The talk discussed the challenges platforms like eBay, Yelp and IMDB face in eliciting and providing information to users. Professor Board discussed the different methods that are used to encourage participation, and also how they can give rise […]

Greg Passani

UCLA alumnus Greg Passani’s foray into the investment banking industry was anything but typical. Currently an Associate at Intrepid Investment Bankers, Passani received his B.A. in Economics at UCLA in 2011, after which he went on to work as a private equity intern at OpenGate Capital, which focuses on acquiring corporate carve-outs, divestitures and special […]