Roger Farmer departs UCLA for UK position

Roger Farmer

After nearly thirty years in the Economics Department, we are sad to lose former Chair,  Roger Farmer, who will be taking up a new position in the U.K.. Professor Farmer grew up in England, obtained his Ph.D. at Western Ontario and joined UCLA in 1988. Since then he has risen to become a Distinguished Professor, serving as Chair of the Department from 2009-2012. He is best known for his work on multiple equilibria in Macroeconomics, and how government policy might influence which path the economy takes.

Professor Farmer will become a Professor at Warwick University and the Research Director at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, an independent research institute based in Westminster.

He writes: “My role as Research Director at NIESR will allow me to translate my economic ideas from the realm of theory to the realm of policy. I plan to retain my connection with UCLA as an Emeritus Distinguished Professor and I expect to be back frequently to visit my friends and colleagues in the Department and to work with my graduate students.”

During Professor Farmer’s tenure as Chair, the Department created a new degree program: the Masters of Applied Economics. That program had a very successful start last year and we look forward to seeing Professor Farmer continue to teach in the program on a part time basis.

We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.