Department of Economics

We are delighted that Martín Guzmán (PhD 2013) was designated as the future Economy Minister of Argentina. His PhD dissertation, entitled "The Causes and Effects of Financial Crises," was conducted under the supervision of professors Peter Howitt, Oded Galor and Ross Levine. Since his graduation, Martín has been working jointly with Joseph E. Stiglitz as an Associate Research Scholar at Columbia University. 


Brown University Economics department will hold a reception at the Annual Meeting of the ASSA in San Diego on 1/3/2020 from 6:00-7:30 pm. All current and former faculty, visitors and graduate students are invited to attend this event.

Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, Old Town B

Professor Jesse Shapiro's work was referenced in the following NYT article titled, Social Media and the Populist Moment . Check it out!

Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Complutense University of Madrid) commemorated the 75th anniversary of the foundation of their Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales (Faculty of Economics and Business) by conferring an honorary doctorate (Doctor Honoris Causa) on Roberto Serrano. 

Shereen Kassam graduated from Brown with a double concentration in Economics and International Relations and earned her MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

This university wide lecture entitled “The Journey of Humanity – Roots of Inequality in the Wealth of Nations was attended by nearly 500 scientists (astronomers, physicists, mathematicians, biologists, and economists) and took place at the magnificent Artus Court in the medieval (UNESCO world heritage) town of Torun.

Andrea Matthews graduated from Brown in 2011, double-concentrating in Economics and Public Policy, and graduated from Harvard Law School in 2015.

Aly Migliori is a Film Director and Cinematographer and the Co-Founder of First Hunt Films in New York City. At Brown, she concentrated in both Economics and honors in Modern Culture & Media.

Jake Levine was initially recruited to play baseball at Brown, but he ultimately chose the school for the Open Curriculum, diverse community, and genuinely happy environment on College Hill.

Alex received his Ph.D. from Boston University and will be teaching Essential Mathematics for Economics and Mathematics for Economists. His research interests include behavioral economics, decision theory, health economics and IO.

Brad received his Master’s Degree from Brown University. He will be teaching corporate finance and financial institutions. His research interests include corporate finance, financial institutions and investments, and education.

Teddy received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He will be teaching Intermediate Microeconomics. His research interests include microeconomic theory, political economics, and industrial organization.

Daniel Prinz grew up in Budapest, Hungary and attended an international high school in Wales on a merit scholarship. For Prinz, the two distinguishing features of Brown were the Open Curriculum and the accessibility of professors. Prinz knew he wanted to concentrate in Economics because the field provides a unique and rigorous framework for analyzing policies in many different areas.

Klaus Desmet, visiting Brown University and Professor at SMU, sat down with NPR recently to talk about how trade and migration will be essential for the world to successfully deal with climate change. 

Please join us on Tuesday, October 15th at 4pm for the Bernard I. Fain Lecture titled “Dream Hoarders: Inequality, Class and Higher Education”, by Richard Reeves, a writer, scholar and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. The event will be held at Watson Institute in Joukowsky Forum and is co-sponsored by the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Wealth and Inequality Project and the Department of Economics. The Fain Lecture honors the memory of Bernard I. Fain, a member of the Brown University class of 1952. 

Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Complutense University of Madrid) commemorated the 75th anniversary of the foundation of their Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales (Faculty of Economics and Business) by conferring an honorary doctorate (Doctor Honoris Causa) on Roberto Serrano.

Oded Galor, Herbert H. Goldberger Professor of Economics, delivered on June 18th, The Max Bogen Memorial Lecture, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The Max Bogen Memorial Lecture is a prestigious annual event where current research on general interest topics in Economics is presented. The Lecture is attended by the Economics faculty, its students and other social scientists. Past lecturers have included James Heckman, Eric Maskin, Robert Solow,  Stanley Fischer, Bob Hall, Josh Angrist, and Ed Glaeser.

Brown Professor Emily Oster, author of Crib Sheet, was the subject of a New Yorker article "Parenting by the Numbers" in which Professor Oster challenges the conventional wisdom on child rearing.

Brown Professors Justine Hastings and Matthew Turner spoke about evidenced-based policy at a Brookings Institution and Hamilton Project forum featuring former Governor of Colorado John W. Hickenlooper and former Mayor of Philadelphia Michael Nutter. Hastings joined a panel about improving state and local policy outcomes with more efficient and effective analysis and Turner joined a panel on using transportation and housing policy to increase economic opportunity.

An NBER working paper released by Brown Professor Justine Hastings and co-authors Eric Chyn and Samantha Gold was covered by Vox Media last week. 

The Bodossaki Foundation Board of Trustees announced on May 14th the Foundation's Scientific Prizes for 2019. Associate Professor Stelios Michalopoulos received the distinguished scientific award for his work in the field of Social Sciences.

We are excited to announce the creation of a new Business Economics Track in the Economics Concentration. This new track builds upon recent investments in the department and faculty hiring in this area and is designed to serve significant student interest.

Professor Andrew Foster wins award for outstanding faculty advising and mentoring from the graduate school. PhD student Florian Gunsilius wins the Jourkowsky Family Foundation Outstanding Dissertation Award. 

Professor Emily Oster's new book, Cribsheet, is number 3 on Amazon and was featured on Good Morning America! Congratulations Emily!

Please check out Professor Emily Oster's opinion piece featured in the New York Times titled, "The Data All Guilt-Ridden Parents Need". Emily's new book, Cribsheet, will be published on April 23, 2019. 

This morning the Economics Department was featured  in a front page article in the Providence Journal.  Orlando Bravo, class of 1992, donated $25 million to the Brown econ department. His donation will be used  to establish an economics research center, The Orlando Bravo Center for Economic Research, and hire more faculty. The center will allow the department to expand its research into economic disparities.

Please join us Monday, April 22 from 5:00-6:30 PM at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts in the Martinos Auditorium for the Income Inequality and Social Mobility: Data Meets Policy in Providence Seminar.

Create a design that you believe fits the spirit of Brown and our Economics Department! Winners will get a $50 Amazon Gift Card!