Summer 2020 Newsletter
Letter from the chair
On behalf of myself, our faculty, and our staff, I extend our wish that you and your families are staying safe and sane in these turbulent times. Writing to you now about recent developments in our department seems almost inappropriate with so many larger events occupying our attention. But I hope our news will prove a comfort in letting you know both how we are responding to those events and how even in the midst of all this, some everyday things go on.
The Department of Economics would like to assess your experience as it relates to our department. We appreciate your anonymous feedback. The survey is estimated to take less than 5 minutes to complete.
Q & A with Martin Eichenbaum regarding his research on the economic impact of COVID-19 and his recent article, "The Macroeconomics of Epidemics."
"The key to 'smart containment' is that infected people do not work and minimize public consumption. This policy means that people who are not infected with COVID-19 can work and consume without the risk of becoming infected. As a result, the economy does not suffer in any meaningful way from a recession. Moreover, the overall death toll of the epidemic is very small, with the number of infected people declining monotonically from its initial level to zero."
Faculty Summer Reading List
From the fall of Rome to an intimate memoir of Chicago’s south side... from a Nobel prize winner’s take on behavioral economics to a science fiction mind-bender... our faculty have some great suggestions to get you through the summer!
Q&A with Abdoulaye Ndiaye, Assistant Professor of Economics, NYU Stern School of Business, reflecting on his time as a Northwestern Economics PhD student, why he chose to focus on macroeconomics and public finance, and his thoughts on how to diversify the field
"Now that I am in the academy and an assistant professor, I still have the naive feeling, like Sir Arthur Lewis said, that my foot is now on the ladder, and the rest is up to me. We will see."
We wish all of our graduate students success as they continue their teaching and research pursuits at fine institutions and firms throughout the world.
The Department of Economics created a quarterly "Feed Your Mind" Lunch Series this year aimed at bringing students and professors together outside the classroom. Professors Lori Beaman and Mar Reguant promoted discussion about the economics field and research.
Congratulations to the Class of 2020!
In the face of overwhelming obstacles, 375 of our seniors persevered and graduated. To view more details about our graduates, including our award winners, senior profiles, advice from alumni, and faculty videos, please visit our 2020 Senior Celebration Website.
KEEP IN TOUCH!
We would love to hear from you! Please stay in touch and informed of department news by adding us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
We will offer a virtual event for alumni in August focused on COVID-19 research. An email invitation will be sent and future details will be published on our website.
Please nominate someone or fill out this form to be highlighted on our Alumni Spotlights page.
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