Department of Economics

On Thursday, November 8th from 4:00-5:00 PM in the CareerLab 1st Floor, (167 Angell St, Providence), BrownConnect and the Advisory Council on Economics are pleased to host a distinguished group of alumnae to share their perspective on working in the finance services industry.

Please join us on Wednesday, October 10 at 4pm for the Bernard I. Fain Lecture titled “How Inequality Harms the Wealthy”, delivered by Robert H. Frank, the Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management and Professor of Economics at Cornell University.

We are very excited to welcome Professor Neil Thakral, Brown Class of 2013, to the Department of Economics! Professor Thakral recently received his PhD from Harvard and is jointly appointed to the Watson Institute of Public Affairs. His primary areas of research include applied microeconomics, behavioral economics, labor economics, and market design.

When Professor Anna Aizer became Chair of Brown’s Department of Economics this summer, she also became the first female to hold the position.

Jesse ShapiroAn article published in the journal PLOS-ONE on July 18 is drawing media attention. In the article, Brown's Jesse Shapiro and Stanford University co-authors Levi Boxell and Matthew Gentzkow, present an analysis of voters in the 2016 presidential election in which they develop several lines of evidence that the internet may have been less important in driving voters to cast ballots for Donald Trump than many have suggested.

On Friday April 6, the Department of Economics presented the Bernard I. Fain Lecture, delivered this year by Benjamin Nadareski.

In an article titled Why driverless cars may mean traffic jams tomorrow, The Economist (January 20, 2018) cites research by Brown's Matthew Turner and co-author Gilles Duranton of the University of Pennsylvania as identifying a "fundamental law of road congestion," to wit: building more highways attracts more driving and drivers, thus failing to alleviate congestion. "The technology of driverless cars may make us safer and more productive, but not necessarily less traffic-bound", states The Economist.