Entries by Simon Board

Pablo Fajgelbaum named Sloan Fellow

Pablo Fajgelbaum has been named as a 2017 Sloan Fellow, one of eight economists nationwide. Professor Fajgelbaum specializes in international trade. His recent research includes the distributional effects of international trade, the impact of regional tax policies, and optimal transport …

Richard Blundell gives MAE Lecture

In the second MAE Distinguished Speaker Lecture, Professor Richard Blundell of University College London talked about “Empirical Evidence and Tax Reform”

The lecture’s starting point was the Mirrlees Review that brought together a high-profile group of international experts to identify …

Simon Board wins Scoville Teaching Award

The winner of the Warren C. Scoville Distinguished Teaching Award  for Fall 2016 is Simon Board.

Professor Board teaches Econ 106T: The Economics of e-Commerce and Technology. The class uses tools from game theory to study business strategy, including topics …

Jerry Hausman gives Inaugural MAE Lecture

Jerry Hausman, the John and Jennie S. MacDonald Professor of Economics at MIT, gave the inaugural Lecture of the Masters in Applied Economics Distinguished Speakers Series.

The talk was entitled “Future Productivity: Pessimistic and Optimistic Viewpoints” and discussed the …

UCLA ranks #1 in Economic Mobility

In a recent study by economist Raj Chetty and coauthors ranks UCLA at #1 in their economic mobility index. In particular, 19.2% of UCLA students come from the bottom 40% of the income distribution, and 8.3% from the bottom 20%, …

Measuring the Financial Soundness of Firms

A commonly held view is that adverse macroeconomic shocks are greatly amplified when firms are financially unsound.  For example a large adverse macroeconomic shock will trigger the bankruptcy of highly levered firms. When it does not trigger bankruptcies, this shock …

Conference in honor of Hugo Hopenhayn

This weekend the department hosted a conference in honor of Hugo Hopenhayn. Since receiving his Ph.D. from Minnesota, Professor Hopenhayn has made fundamental contributions to industrial organization, macroeconomics and finance. Professor Hopenhayn is perhaps best known for his work …