2019 AEA Continuing Education Webcasts

January 4 - 6, 2019, Atlanta Marriott Marquis

Time-Series Econometrics (James H. Stock, Mark W. Watson)

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James H. Stock | Harvard University

James H. Stock is the Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy, Faculty of Arts and Sciences and member of the faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School. He received a M.S. in statistics and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. His research areas are empirical macroeconomics, monetary policy, econometric methods, and energy and environmental policy. He is Co-Editor of the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity and is a coauthor with Mark Watson of a leading introductory econometrics textbook and is a member of various professional boards. He previously served as Managing Editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics from 1992-2003, as Chair of the Harvard Economics Department from 2007-2009, as Co-Editor of Econometrica from 2009-2012, and as Member of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers from 2013-2014.

Mark W. Watson | Princeton University
Mark Watson is the Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Econometric Society. His research focuses on time-series econometrics, empirical macroeconomics, and macroeconomic forecasting. He has published articles in these areas and is the author (with James Stock) of Introduction to Econometrics, a leading undergraduate textbook. Watson has served on the editorial board of several journals including the American Economic Review, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Econometrica, the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, the Journal of Monetary Economics, and Macroeconomic Dynamics. He currently serves as a Co-Editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics. Before coming to Princeton in 1995, Watson served on the economics faculty at Harvard and Northwestern. Watson did his undergraduate work at Pierce Junior College and California State University at Northridge, and completed his Ph.D. at the University of California at San Diego.

Inequality and Innovation (Ufuk Akcigit, Stefanie Stantcheva)

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Ufuk Akcigit | University of Chicago
As a macroeconomist, Ufuk Akcigit studies economic growth, productivity, firm dynamics, and the economics of innovation. His work aims to uncover the sources of technological progress and innovation that serve as the engines of long-run economic growth. He is also interested in the role of public policy in growth, with a focus on environmental regulations, public research and funding for universities, and industrial policies such as R&D subsidy and corporate taxation. His research has been published in the top economics journals such as the Journal of Political Economy, Econometrica, the American Economic Review, and the Review of Economic Studies. Akcigit holds a B.A. in economics from Koç University in Istanbul and a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was recently named as the recipient of a CAREER award by the National Science Foundation, its most prestigious award for early career faculty. Akcigit joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2015.

Stefanie Stantcheva | Harvard University
Stefanie Stantcheva is a professor of Economics at Harvard University. Her research focuses on the optimal design of the tax system and public policies, taking into account labor market features, more complex social preferences, and long-term effects such as human capital acquisition and innovation by people and firms. Part of this work is centered around the study of empirical effects of taxation of individuals and firms on inequality, top incomes, migration, human capital, and innovation. She also explores how people form their social preferences towards redistribution using large-scale online survey and experiment tools. Since May 2018, she is also part of the French Council of Economic Advisers (Conseil d'Analyse Economique). She received her Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 2014, and was a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows 2014-2016 before joining the Harvard Department of Economics in July 2016.

International Trade (Dave Donaldson, Marc Melitz)

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Dave Donaldson | Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dave Donaldson teaches and carries out research on trade, both international and intranational, with applications in the fields of International Economics, Development Economics, Economic History, Environmental Economics, Urban Economics, and Agricultural Economics. He has studied, among other topics: the welfare and other effects of market integration, the impact of improvements in transportation infrastructure, how trade might mediate the effects of climate change, and how trade affects food security and famine. This work has been awarded the 2017 John Bates Clark Medal, given by the American Economic Association to the US-based economist “under the age of forty who is judged to have made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge”, as well as an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship and several grants from the National Science Foundation. He currently serves as a co-editor at the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, as an editorial board member at the Journal of Economic Literature and the Journal of International Economics, and as a program director (for Trade) at the International Growth Centre. A native of Toronto, Canada, Donaldson obtained an undergraduate degree in Physics from Oxford University and a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Marc Melitz | Harvard University
Marc Melitz is the David A. Wells Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University. He holds a B.A. from Haverford College (1989), an M.S.B.A. from the Robert Smith School of Business (1992), and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (2000). He is a fellow of the Econometric Society and is affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), CESifo, and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. His broad research interests are in international trade and investment. More specifically, he studies producer-level responses to globalization and their implications for aggregate trade and investment patterns. His research has been funded by the Sloan Foundation and by the NSF.