The NBER Board of Directors appointed 15 research associates (RAs) at its April 2021 meeting. Two of them were previously faculty research fellows (FRFs).
RA appointments are reserved for tenured faculty members. They are recommended to the Board by directors of the NBER's 20 research programs after consultation with steering committees composed of leading scholars in each field. The new RAs are affiliated with 13 different colleges and universities; they received graduate training at 14 different institutions.
In addition, the NBER president appointed 57 new FRFs, typically junior scholars, also on the advice of program directors and their steering committees. The fellows, who hold PhDs from 26 different universities, are currently affiliated with 32 different institutions.
To be appointed an NBER research affiliate, a researcher must hold a primary faculty appointment at a North American college or university. New appointments are made each spring following a call for nominations. Candidates are evaluated based on their research records and their capacity to contribute to NBER activities. This year, 357 researchers were nominated for new NBER affiliations, and 70 were appointed. Including the new appointments, as of May 1, 2021, there were 1,297 RAs and 353 FRFs.
The names, current university affiliations, and primary NBER program affiliations of the newly appointed and promoted (in italics) researchers are listed below.
|Marina Agranov||California Institute of Technology||Political Economy|
|David Berger||Duke University||Economic Fluctuations and Growth|
|Jishnu Das||Georgetown University||Development Economics|
|Hulya Eraslan||Rice University||Political Economy|
|Jane Cooley Fruehwirth||University of North Carolina||Economics of Education|
|Darrell Gaskin||Johns Hopkins University||Health Economics|
|Cecile Gaubert||University of California, Berkeley||International Trade and Investment|
|Galina Hale||University of California, Santa Cruz||International Finance and Macroeconomics|
|Matias Iaryczower||Princeton University||Political Economy|
|Yaw Nyarko||New York University||Development Economics|
|Stephen Ross||University of Connecticut||Economics of Education|
|Heather Tookes||Yale University||Asset Pricing|
|Leonard Wantchekon||Princeton University||Political Economy|
|Rohan Williamson||Georgetown University||Corporate Finance|
|Nicolas R. Ziebarth||Cornell University||Health Economics|