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New Faculty Members

The department is thrilled to introduce the newest members of our faculty. 


Federico Bugni (Theoretical and Applied Econometrics)

Professor Bugni’s research interests are in theoretical econometrics, partial identification, inference, moment (in)equalities, missing data, and stochastic processes. He has received grants from the National Science Foundation. His most recent work has been published in journals like Econometrica. He is currently working on projects that explore the determinants of college graduation, missing functional data, robustness in partial identification, and regression with missing covariates.

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Ben Golub (Economic Theory)

Professor Golub’s research focuses on social and economic networks, particularly in models of social learning, local public goods, peer effects, and the formation of social capital. A recurring theme is capturing aspects of networks through theory-based summary statistics that can be useful in empirical studies and policy analyses.



W. Walker Hanlon (Economic History, Urban Economics)

Professor Hanlon’s research focuses on understanding how economies evolve over the long run using novel historical data. He is particularly interested in questions related to international trade, technological progress, cities, and the environment. 



Elisa Jácome (Applied Microeconomics) 

Professor Jácome’s research is in applied microeconomics, labor, and public economics, and she is especially interested in questions related to criminal justice, immigration, and economic mobility.

*Elisa will start in fall 2022, after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.

Annie Liang (Economic Theory)

Professor Liang's research is in economic theory (in particular, learning and information), and the application of machine learning methods for model building and evaluation.

Sidonia McKenzie (Labor Economics and Macroeconomics) 

Professor McKenzie's research interests are concentrated in the fields of labor economics and macroeconomics. Specifically, she studies occupation-specific characteristics, language proficiency as well as U.S. government policies and how they affect the labor market outcomes of immigrants. She is also interested in the role of economic shocks in the labor market decisions of youths.

Silvia Vannutelli (Applied Microeconomics)

Professor Vannutelli is an applied micro-economist who uses original and administrative data and rigorous empirical methods to answer policy-relevant questions. Her research focuses on core topics in public, political, and labor economics, that pertain to the collection of revenues and the allocation of government resources, the design of social insurance policies, and the role of institutions and political economy considerations in policymaking.