AEACGR: Committee Members

Ken Troske.jpgKenneth Troske, University of Kentucky

Dr. Kenneth R. Troske is the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Outreach and the Richard H. and Janis W. Furst Endowed Chair in Economics in the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky, as well as a Research Fellow with the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany. Dr. Troske served as a member of the Congressional Oversight Panel whose task was to assess the existing condition of America’s financial markets and the regulatory system as well as to closely monitor the actions of the Treasury Department and financial institutions to determine if their actions are in the best interest of the American economy. He was also a member of the Commission of Evidence Based Policy, whose task is to try and increase access to administrative data in an effort to increase the influence of policy relevant research on public policy in the U.S., as well as a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Lexington Business Advisory Council and the Bluegrass Workforce Innovation Board. His primary research areas are labor and human resource economics. Dr. Troske has authored a number of widely-known papers utilizing employer-employee matched data on topics such as education, productivity, technology, and discrimination. His most recent work has focused on evaluating various aspects of the Workforce Development System in the U.S. His papers have appeared in many leading journals in economics including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economics and Statistics, and the American Economic Review. Dr. Troske received his Ph.D. in economics in 1992 from the University of Chicago and his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Washington in 1984

Joe AldyJoe Aldy, Harvard University

Joe Aldy is a Professor of the Practice of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, a University Fellow at Resources for the Future, a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. His research focuses on climate change policy, energy policy, and regulatory policy. Previously, he served as the Special Assistant to the President for Energy and Environment at the Obama White House,  as a Fellow at Resources for the Future and he worked on the staff of the President's Council of Economic Advisers. He also served as the Co-Director of the Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements and Co-Director of the International Energy Workshop before joining the Obama Administration. 

Chad BownChad Bown, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Chad Bown is the Reginald Jones Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, which he joined as a senior fellow in 2016. He has extensive experience conducting research and making applied-policy contributions in the area of international trade and investment. From 2010 to 2011 he served on the President's Council of Economic Advisors as the senior economist for international trade and investment. In 2007-2008 he was a visiting scholar in the Economic Research and Statistics Division at the World Trade Organization Secretariat in Geneva. He was senior economist then lead economist at the World Bank, where he led research projects on trade and development and advised governments of developing countries on trade-policy options. Before moving to Washington, DC, Dr. Bown was assistant, associate, then full professor of economics at Brandeis University. He has published extensively on international trade laws and institutions, trade policy negotiations, and trade disputes. Since 2017, he has hosted a trade-focused podcast, Trade Talks, which features important trade policy issues of the day.

Karen DynanKaren Dynan, Harvard University

Karen Dynan is a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Economics at Harvard University. She served as Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy and Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of the Treasury from 2014 to 2017, leading analysis of economic conditions and development of policies to address the nation’s economic challenges. From 2009 to 2013, Dynan was Vice President and Co-director of the Economic Studies program at the Brookings Institution. Before that, she was on the staff of the Federal Reserve Board for 17 years, playing a leadership role in a number of areas, including macroeconomic forecasting, household finances, and the Fed’s response to the financial crisis. Dynan also served as a senior economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers from 2003 to 2004 and as a visiting assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University in 1998. Dynan teaches in the Harvard Economics Department and at the Harvard Kennedy School; she is also currently a nonresident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

Janice EberlyJanice Eberly, Northwestern University

Janice Eberly is the Senior Associate Dean for Strategy and Academics, the James R. and Helen D. Russell Professor of Finance and former Chair of the Finance Department at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She also serves on the Academic Advisory Panels for the Federal Reserve Banks of Chicago and New York. Professor Eberly served as the Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the U.S. Treasury from 2011 to 2013 after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate. In that capacity she was the Chief Economist at the Treasury, leading the Office of Economic Policy in analysis of the U.S. and global economies and financial markets and development of policy recommendations on micro and macroeconomic issues. Previously Professor Eberly served on the staff of the President's Council of Economic Advisors and on the advisory committees of the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Her research focuses on capital budgeting and real options; intangible capital and technology; household finance, portfolio choice, and consumption.

Sherry GliedSherry Glied, New York University

In 2013, Sherry Glied was named Dean of New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. From 1989-2013, she was Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She was Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management from 1998-2009. On June 22, 2010, Glied was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services, and served in that capacity from July 2010 through August 2012. She had previously served as Senior Economist for health care and labor market policy on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in 1992-1993, under Presidents Bush and Clinton, and participated in the Clinton Health Care Task Force. She has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Social Insurance, and served as a member of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. Glied’s principal areas of research are in health policy reform and mental health care policy. She is co-editor, with Peter C. Smith, of The Oxford Handbook of Health Economics, published by the Oxford University Press in 2011.

Thomas HolmesThomas Holmes, University of Minnesota

Thomas J. Holmes is on the faculty at the University of Minnesota where he holds the Curtis L. Carlson Chair in Economics. He is also a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has served as past president of the Midwest Economics Association and the Urban Economics Association. In 2011, he was elected a Fellow of the Econometric Society. Tom's research focuses on industrial organization and urban and regional economics.

Fiona M. Scott MortonFiona M. Scott Morton, Yale University

Fiona M. Scott Morton a Professor of Economics at the Yale University School of Management where she has been on the faculty since 1999.  Her area of academic research is empirical industrial organization, with a focus on empirical studies of competition in areas such as pricing, entry, and product differentiation. Her published articles range widely across industries, from magazines, to shipping, to pharmaceuticals to internet retailing, and is published in leading economics journals. From 2011-12 Professor Scott Morton served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she helped enforce the nation’s antitrust laws.  At Yale SOM she teaches courses in the area of competitive strategy. She served as Associate Dean from 2007-10 and in 2007 she won the School’s teaching award. She has served in an editing role on various academic economics journals, has won several research grants from the National Science Foundation, and is a Research Associate at NBER. Professor Scott Morton has a BA from Yale and a PhD from MIT, and previously taught at the Graduate Schools of Business at the University of Chicago and Stanford University. She is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences across the United States and Europe. Professor Scott Morton lives in New Haven, Connecticut with her husband and three children.

Stephen TrejoStephen Trejo, University of Texas, Austin

Stephen Trejo is Professor of Economics, at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research program in Labor Studies, and Research Fellow, IZA Institute for the Study of Labor. And, in recognition for his service on National Academies of Sciences research panels (including studies on immigrant integration and on U.S. Hispanics) and review teams, he is a National Associate of the National Academies. His research focuses on public policy issues, including the labor market experiences of immigrants, and obstacles to the economic progress of minority groups.

Jacob VigdorJacob Vigdor, University of Washington

Jacob Vigdor is Professor of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington, a Research Associate of the NBER, and an adjunct Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. He has extensive experience as an applied policy economist, having served as Director of the Seattle Minimum Wage Study (2014-2019), Director of the Northwest Applied Public Policy Lab (2017-2018), and in positions with other applied economic policy institutions. He is the author of the book, From Immigrants to Americans: The Rise and Fall of Fitting In, and is an External Fellow for the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration. Professor Vigdor’s research addresses contemporary issues in labor and urban economics, and racial and economic inequality.  His commitment to conveying the insights of research to the policy community and the general public is evidenced by his publication of op-ed articles in top-notch news outlets.