NBER Reporter: 2007 Number 4 Profiles

NBER Profile: Timothy Guinnane

Timothy Guinnane was elected to the NBER's Board of Directors this fall to represent the Economic History Association. He is the Philip Golden Bartlett Professor of Economic History at Yale University.

Guinnane received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1988. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in 2000-1 and the Pitt Professor at the University of Cambridge in 2002-3. During 2007-8 he will be a Fellow at the Center for Advance Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

Guinnane's early research concerned demographic change in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, focusing on Ireland. His demographic interests continue, and he is currently working on projects that deal with the fertility transition in Ireland and in Germany. Another interest is the problem of credit for poor people and how such lending has been organized in the past. He has written about the role of small-loan lenders in the United States in the early twentieth century as well as the cooperative credit systems that emerged in Germany and elsewhere in the nineteenth century. His most recent project matches three centuries of demographic and household-inventory data for the German kingdom of Wurttemberg, prior to World War I. This project aims to answer basic questions about when household began to accumulate assets, and when, and so address a central puzzle in the process of industrialization in the past.

Timothy Guinnane

NBER Profile: Harvey Rosenblum

Harvey Rosenblum, the executive vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, has been elected to the NBER's Board of Directors representing the National Association for Business Economics (NABE). He is a past president of NABE.

Rosenblum received a B. A. in economics from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He began his career with the Federal Reserve as an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, advancing through the ranks to vice president and associate director of research in 1983. He was also a visiting professor of finance with DePaul University from 1973 until 1985. He joined the Dallas Fed as senior vice president and director of research in 1985 and was promoted to executive vice president in 2005.

A widely recognized expert on both national and Texas economies, Rosenblum has written articles for such publications as The Journal of Finance, Wall Street Journal, Southwest Economy, and The Handbook of Banking Strategy. Rosenblum is also a visiting professor of finance at Southern Methodist University, teaching courses in monetary policy, financial institutions and markets. His current research interests focus on monetary policy, inflation, and the growing impact of globalization on the U.S. economy and businesses.

Rosenblum also serves on the Board of the Texas Product Development and Small Business Incubator Council and as Executive director of the North American Association of Economics and Finance. He resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife Eileen. He has a daughter in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a son in Hollywood, Florida.

Harvey Rosenblum
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