Visiting with us...

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In addition to our three annual visitors, the Department welcomes two new Visiting Faculty members this Winter/Spring semester: Vishal KAMAT (TSE) and Costas MEGHIR (Yale).

Vishal Kamat

Vishal KAMAT is Assistant Professor in Economics at the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) since 2019. Prior to joining TSE, he was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Becker Friedman Institute of the University of Chicago for a year. He was awarded a PhD in Economics by Northwestern University in 2018. His received the Zellner Thesis Award, Honorable Mention in 2019 for his doctoral dissertation.

His research fields are Econometrics (primary), and Applied Microeconomics (secondary). His research was recognised early on as very promising – he was awarded the Northwestern Dissertation Fellowship in 2017 and the Robert Eisner Memorial Fellowship in 2016.

To learn more about Vishal KAMAT, consult his website

Costas Meghir

Costas MEGHIR is the Douglas A Warner III Professor of Economics at Yale University. Prior to joining Yale in 2010 he was Professor at the University College London (UCL) where he headed up the Department of Economics between 2005 and 2008, and where he remains a Visiting Professor. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), an International Research Fellow at the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) and affiliated to the American Economic Association, CEPR, IZA, and J-PAL. He has held a number of editorial duties, and was notably the Co-Editor of Economic Letters until last year.

His primary research interests are in labour economics, the economics of education, and development economics.

His work has been recognised internationally – he received the Ragnar Frisch Medal in 2000 for his article (with Blundell and Duncan) ‘Estimating Labour Supply Responses using Tax Reforms’ and the Bodosakis Foundation awarded him in 1997 the “Best Greek Economist” Prize under 40. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, and Fellow of the Society for Labor Economics.

To learn more about Costas MEGHIR, consult his webpage

Still visiting with us since this Fall are Roland J. BÉNABOU (Princeton), Thierry FOUCAULT (HEC Paris), and Basile GRASSI (Bocconi). 

Roland BénabouRoland J. M. BÉNABOU is the Theodore A. Wells '29 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, a joint appointment at the Department of Economics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, at Princeton University.

Among his numerous fellowships and honours, he is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) as well as of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), a Senior Fellow of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), and a member of the Behavioral Economics Roundtable. With respect to his editorial duties, he has just completed a second term as Co-Editor of the American Economic Review and remains the Associate Editor of the QR Journal of Macroeconomics and the Journal of Economic Growth.

Roland J. M. BÉNABOU’s research spans both macroeconomic and microeconomic areas, such as the interplay of inflation and imperfect competition, or speculation and manipulation in financial markets.

His recent work lies in three main areas:

  • The first links inequality, growth, social mobility and the political economy of redistribution. 
  • The second centers on education, social interactions and the socioeconomic structure of cities. 
  • The third is that of economics and psychology ("behavioral economics"). It focuses in particular on extrinsic incentives versus intrinsic motivation, on the determinants of prosocial behavior and on motivated beliefs, both individual (overconfidence, wishful thinking, identity) and collective (groupthink, market manias, ideology, religion).

The Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) recently announced that Roland BÉNABOU is the 2021 recipient of the Jean-Jacques Laffont Prize awarded to a "renowned international economist whose research, in the spirit of the work undertaken by Professor Jean-Jacques Laffont, combines both the theoretical and the empirical".

To learn more about Roland BÉNABOU, consult his webpage

Thierry FoucaultThierry FOUCAULT is on leave from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Paris (HEC Paris) where he is Professor of Finance and holds a chair from the HEC Foundation. He is also the Co-Scientific Director of Hi!Paris and a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). Among his editorial duties, he is Editor of the Review of Asset Pricing Studies (RAPS), and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Theory and the Journal of Finance.

He is often called upon to serve on scientific committees of institutes such as the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF), the Norwegian Finance Initiative (NFI), the Research Foundation of the Banque de France, the Group of Economic Advisors of the Committee of Economic and Markets Analysis of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) and he was a member the executive committee of the European Finance Association (EFA).

His research focuses on the determinants of financial markets liquidity, the industrial organisation of these markets, and their effect on the real economy. He publishes regularly in the leading scholarly journals such as the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, or the Journal of Financial Economics. His research has received awards from the Louis Bachelier Institute, the HEC Foundation, and the Analysis Group. He is the co-author, with Marco PAGANO and Ailsa RÖELL, of a textbook entitled Market Liquidity: Theory, Evidence and Policy (Oxford University Press, 2013).

To learn more about Thierry FOUCAULT, consult his website

Basile Grassi

Basile GRASSI is on leave from Bocconi University where he is an Assistant Professor of Economics. He is also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and an Affiliate at the Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research (IGIER). Prior to joining Bocconi, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Nuffield College and the Department of Economics at Oxford.

His research interests span a number of topics :

  • Macroeconomics
  • Industrial Organisation (IO)
  • Firm Dynamics
  • Input-Output Networks (I-O)
  • Micro-Origins of Aggregate Fluctuations
  • Growth Theory 

Basile GRASSI defended his PhD in Economics at the Paris School of Economics only a few years ago but his early research has already garnered several distinctions and prizes: he was awarded the 2017 ECO-Bocconi Junior Researchers’ Grants (Bocconi), the 2015 Foscolo Top-Up Fellowship (UniCredit and Universities), the 2015 Louis Forest PhD Thesis Prize (Chancellerie des Universités de Paris) and a Special Distinction for Best PhD thesis (Association française de Science Économique).

To learn more about Basile GRASSI, consult his website

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