NBER Reporter: 2009 Number 1 Profiles

NBER Profile: Severin Borenstein

Severin Borenstein is a Research Associate in the NBER's Programs on Industrial Organization and Environmental and Energy Economics. He is also the E.T. Grether Professor of Business and Public Policy at Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, and Director of the University of California Energy Institute.

Borenstein received an A.B. in economics from Berkeley in 1978 and a Ph.D. in economics from MIT in 1983. Before joining the Berkeley faculty in 1996, he taught at the University of Michigan and University of California, Davis.

Borenstein's research has focused on policy-driven issues in the fields of industrial organization and regulation, mainly centered on the airline, oil, gasoline, and electricity industries. His current research involves retail electricity pricing and consumption, the markets for alternative energy, and climate change policy. He is a past editor of Journal of Industrial Economics, and currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Economic Literature and the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy and is an associate editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics.

Borenstein lives in Orinda, California with his wife, Margaret Stewart, and infamous dog, Wilbur. He enjoys hiking with both of them.

Severin Borenstein

NBER Profile: Esther Duflo

Esther Duflo is a Research Associate in the NBER's Programs on Children, Education, and Aging and is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in MIT's Economics Department. She is also a founder and director of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), a research network specializing in randomized evaluations of social programs, which won the 2009 BBVA Foundation "Frontier of Knowledge" award in the development cooperation category.

Duflo serves on the board of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), and is Director of the Center for Economic Policy Research's development economics program. Her research focuses on microeconomic issues in developing countries, including household behavior, education, access to finance, health, and policy evaluation.

Duflo completed her undergraduate studies at L'Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris in 1994, received a master's degree from DELTA in Paris in 1995, and completed a Ph.D. in Economics at MIT in 1999. Upon completing her Ph.D. she was appointed assistant professor of economics at MIT, and has been there ever since, aside from being on leave to Princeton University in 2001-2.

Duflo has received numerous academic honors and prizes including the American Economic Association's Elaine Bennett Prize for Research (2003); the "Best French Young Economist Prize" (Le Monde/Cercle des economistes, 2005); the Médaille de Bronze (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, 2005); and the Prix Luc Durand-Reville (Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques, 2008). In 2008-9 she was the inaugural holder of the international chair "Knowledge Against Poverty" at the College de France.

Duflo has been a co-editor of the Journal of Development Economics and the Review of Economics and Statistics, and she currently serves as the founding editor of the AEJ Applied Economics.

In her spare time, Esther enjoys rock climbing and mountaineering.

Esther Duflo

NBER Profile: Melissa Schettini Kearney

Melissa Schettini Kearney is a Faculty Research Fellow in the NBER's Programs on Public Economics and Children and an assistant professor in the Economics Department at the University of Maryland. She also serves on the Research Advisory Council of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and on the Policy Council of the Association of Public Policy and Management (APPAM).

Kearney received her A.B. in economics from Princeton University in 1996 and her Ph.D. from MIT in 2002. Prior to joining the Maryland faculty, she was a resident fellow at the Brookings Institution. From 2002 to 2004, she was an assistant professor of economics at Wellesley College. Before attending graduate school, she worked as a research assistant/programmer at Mathematica Policy Research in Washington, D.C.

Kearney's fields of specialization are public economics and labor. Her research interests include the effectiveness and design of anti-poverty programs; the effect of government policies on fertility and related outcomes; issues of income distribution and inequality; and the nature of risk preferences and perceptions and, in particular, how these relate to individual decisions with regard to gambling and savings behavior.

She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband Dan (a lawyer). They have great fun playing with their children, William (age 3.5) and Sophia (almost 2), in all of their favorite places, including Shenandoah National Park in VA; Park City, Utah; Long Beach Island, NJ; Fenway Park; and closer to home, the National Gallery of Art, Rock Creek Park, and their little backyard strewn with outdoor toys.

Melissa Schettini Kearney

NBER Profile: Esteban Rossi-Hansberg

Esteban Rossi-Hansberg is a Research Associate in the NBER's Programs on Economic Fluctuations and Growth and International Trade and Investment and a Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University. He received his B.A. and M.A. in economics from ITAM (Mexico) in 1996 and 1997 respectively, and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 2002.

Rossi-Hansberg began his academic career at Stanford University and joined the faculty at Princeton University in 2005. His areas of specialization are macroeconomics, international trade, and urban economics. Rossi-Hansberg's research focuses on the internal structure of cities, the distribution of economic activity in space, economic growth, offshoring and the international organization of production, the role of information technology on wages and organization, and firm dynamics and the size distribution of firms.

He is an editor of the B.E. Journal in Macroeconomics and an associate editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the Journal of Monetary Economics. He lives in Princeton with his wife María José and their one-year old son, Julián.

Esteban Rossi-Hansberg
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