Visiting with us...

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For the Fall Semester, the Department will be hosting Saumitra JHA (Stanford GSB), David THESMAR (MIT Sloan), Gianluca VIOLANTE (Princeton), and Jack WILLIS (Columbia) as Visiting faculty members:

Saumitra Jha

Saumitra JHA is Associate Professor of Political Economy at Stanford Graduate School for Business and is a Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI). He convenes the Conflict and Polarization Lab within theStanford King Center on Global Development and manages the Democratic Fragility and Conflict program at FSI.

He is also affiliated as an Associate Professor of Political Science and of Economics at the School of Humanities and Sciences, and as a Faculty Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Among his editorial activities, he serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Development Economics and the Journal of Comparative Economics. He also serves on the Editorial Board of Business and Politics and of the Political Economy section of Global Perspectives.

Saumitra Jha’s research focuses upon understanding the effectiveness of organisations and innovations that societies have developed to address the problems of violence and other political risks, and to seek new lessons for fostering peace and development. His research has been published in leading journals in economics and political science, including Econometrica, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the American Political.

To learn more about Saumitra JHA, consult his website

Professor Jha will be visiting with us for the Fall Semester.

David ThesmarDavid THESMAR is the Franco Modigliani Professor of Financial Economics and a Professor of Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and a member of the Cercle des économistes.

He is an expert in corporate finance, financial intermediation, entrepreneurship, and behavioural economics. Recently, he has studied the impact of financing constraints on the real economy. He also investigates risk management and systemic risk in banking as well as researching firm organisation and non-rational decision making on corporate strategies. His work makes systematic use of large datasets but emphasizes a parsimonious modelling approach to address economic questions.

He regularly publishes in the best specialised reviews and has been honoured with a number of best paper awards - Michael Brennan Best Paper in Corporate Finance (Review of Financial Studies), Smith Breeden Prize (Journal of Finance), Brattle Group Distinguished Paper Prize (Journal of Finance).

In 2007, David Thesmar was awarded the Best Young French Economist Award by Le Monde and the Cercle des économistes.

To learn more about David THESMAR, consult his website

Professor Thesmar will be visiting with us for the full academic year from September 2023 to August 2024.

Gianluca ViolanteGianluca VIOLANTE is the Theodore A. Wells '29 Professor of Economics at Princeton University. He is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and of IZA, an International Fellow of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), and an external research member of the Center for Economic Behavior and Inequality (CEBI). Since 2017, he is one of the co-leaders of the NBER EFG group Micro Data, Macro Models. Among his editorial duties, he is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives. From 2009 to 2013, he was the Coordinating Editor of the Review of Economic Dynamics, and from 2015 to 2019 one of the Co-Editors of Econometrica.

His main research interests are in macroeconomics, labor economics, and public finance. He has published his research in the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Review of Economic Studies. He has also published in several top-field journals. His American Economic Review article 'Monetary Policy According to HANK' (joint with Greg Kaplan and Benjamin Moll) won the Economics in Central Banking Award in 2019.

Since 2016, he is a Fellow of the Econometric Society.

To learn more about Gianluca VIOLANTE, consult his website

Professor Violante will be visiting with us for the 2023 Fall Semester.

Jack Willis

Jack WILLIS is Assistant Professor of Economics at Columbia University since 2018 and a Research Affiliate / Fellow at the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), at the Center for Development Economics and Policy (CDEP), at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), and at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

He works in development economics, on questions related to the financial lives of the poor, the functioning of rural markets and institutions, and on learning and technology adoption.

To learn more about Jack WILLIS, consult his website

Professor Willis will be visiting with us for the 2023 Fall Semester under the Columbia-Alliance faculty exchange program.

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