The Benjamin H. Griswold III, Class of 1933, Center for Economic Policy Studies fosters communication among members of the academic, business, and government communities. The Griswold Center for Economic Policy Studies (GCEPS) welcomes several short-term visitors during the academic year to the Department of Economics. Visitors are on campus for a few days up to a full week and participate in research activities in the department, present a seminar, offer a public talk and student round-table and are available to meet with faculty, and graduate and undergraduate students on an individual basis.
Short-Term Visitors, 2019-2020
Austan D. Goolsbee is the Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. He previously served in Washington as the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and a member of the President Barack Obama’s cabinet. His prior years he was named one of the 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow by the World research has earned him recognition as a Fulbright Scholar and an Alfred P. Sloan fellow. In Economic Forum, and one of the six “Gurus of the Future” by the Financial Times. His ability to explain economics clearly has made Goolsbee popular in the media. Jon Stewart describes him as “Eliot Ness meets Milton Friedman” and he has twice been named as a “star” professor by BusinessWeek’s “Guide to the Best Business Schools.” Goolsbee joined Chicago Booth in 1995.
Thomas Philippon is the Max L. Heine Professor of Finance at New York University, Stern School of Business. Philippon was named one of the “top 25 economists under 45” by the IMF in 2014. He has won the 2013 Bernácer Prize for Best European Economist under 40, the 2010 Michael Brennan & BlackRock Award, the 2009 Prize for Best Young French Economist, and the 2008 Brattle Prize for the best paper in Corporate Finance. Philippon has studied various topics in macroeconomics and finance: systemic risk, crisis resolution mechanisms, the dynamics of corporate investment and household debt, and the size of the finance industry. His recent work has focused on the Eurozone crisis, financial regulation, and the market power of large firms. Philippon graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, received a PhD in Economics from MIT, and joined New York University in 2003.
Emmanuel Saez is Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Equitable Growth at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his PhD in economics from MIT in 1999. His research focuses on inequality and tax policy. Jointly with Thomas Piketty, he created the top income share series that show a dramatic increase in US inequality since 1980. The data have been widely discussed in the public debate. His most recent book The Triumph of Injustice, joint with his colleague Gabriel Zucman, narrates the demise of U.S. progressive taxation and how to reinvent it in the 21st century. He received numerous academic awards including the John Bates Clark medal of the American Economic Association in 2009, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship in 2010, and an honorary degree from Harvard University in 2019.