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NBER Reporter: 2014 Number 1 Profiles

Lucas Davis     Parag Pathak     Hyun Song Shin     Lu Zhang    

NBER Profile: Lucas Davis

Lucas Davis is a Research Associate in the NBER's Programs in Environmental and Energy Economics and Public Economics. He is the Harold Furst Associate Professor in Management Philosophy and Values at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He received a B.A. from Amherst College in 1996 and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin in 2005. Before arriving at Berkeley in 2009, Davis was an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan.

Davis's areas of specialization are energy and environmental economics, applied microeconomics, and public finance. His recent work focuses on the economics of nuclear power, updating bonding requirements for U.S. natural gas producers, and evaluating a large-scale energy efficiency program in Mexico.

Davis lives in Oakland with his wife and daughter and they enjoy walking around the neighborhood and being involved in Oakland Public Schools.

Lucas Davis

NBER Profile: Parag Pathak

Parag Pathak is the founding co-director of the NBER's Working Group on Market Design and a Research Associate in the NBER's Programs on Education, Public Economics, and Industrial Organization. He is an Associate Professor of Economics at MIT, where he studies market design, the economics of education, and housing markets. He has helped to design algorithms that are currently used for allocating students to schools in several large metropolitan areas, including Boston, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, and New York City.

Pathak attended Harvard University, receiving his bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics in 2002 and a Ph.D. in Business Economics in 2007. Before joining the MIT faculty, he was a Junior Fellow at Harvard's Society of Fellows.

Pathak is an Associate Editor of the American Economic Review and Econometrica. His research has been supported by a National Science Foundation CAREER Grant and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. He is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Pathak lives in Boston with his wife Ruma, and their six-month-old son Avi.

Parag Pathak

NBER Profile: Hyun Song Shin

Hyun Song Shin is a Research Associate in the NBER's Program on Corporate Finance and the Hughes-Rogers Professor of Economics at Princeton University. His research interests cover financial institutions, risk, and financial stability issues, topics on which he has published widely both in academic and policy outlets.

He is the author of Risk and Liquidity, which was the 2008 Clarendon Lecture in Finance, and co-authored the 2009 Geneva Report on The Fundamental Principles of Financial Regulation.

Before moving to Princeton in 2006 he was based in the United Kingdom and held academic positions at the University of Oxford and at the London School of Economics. In 2010, he took leave from Princeton and served as the Senior Adviser on the International Economy to South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak. He will rejoin the policy world in 2014 as Economic Adviser and Head of Research at the Bank for International Settlements.

Hyun Song Shin

NBER Profile: Lu Zhang

Lu Zhang is a Research Associate in the NBER Program on Asset Pricing, and the Dean's Distinguished Chair in Finance and Professor of Finance at The Ohio State University. He is also an Associate Editor for the Journal of Financial Economics, and a co-founder (and President in 2013) of the Macro Finance Society, a newly established academic society devoted to advancing and disseminating high-quality research at the intersection of financial economics and macroeconomics. He received a Ph.D. in Finance from University of Pennsylvania in 2002. Prior to joining Ohio State in 2010, he taught at University of Rochester (2002-6) and the University of Michigan (2006-10).

Zhang's research focuses on asset pricing and its connections to macroeconomics, corporate finance, labor economics, and accounting. His recent work explores the implications of the neoclassical q-theory of investment for cross-sectional asset pricing and the linkage between labor market frictions and economic crises. His scientific articles have appeared in leading academic journals, and in 2005 he received the Smith-Breeden Award for best paper from American Finance Association and The Journal of Finance for his work on "The Value Premium."

Zhang lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife, Yiqing, as well as one cat, Kiddy, and three parrots, Mango, Greenie, and Tilly. At work, he enjoys embarrassing (and being embarrassed by) his co-authors via Skype. At home, he enjoys playing the role of peacemaker between the cat and the birds.

Lu Zhang
 
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