NBER Reporter: 2009 Number 3 Profiles

NBER Profile: Glenn Ellison

Glenn Ellison is a Research Associate in the NBER’s Industrial Organization Program and the Gregory K. Palm Professor of Economics at MIT. Ellison received an A.B. in mathematics from Harvard University in 1987, an M.Phil. in economics from Cambridge University in 1988, and a Ph.D. in economics from MIT in 1992.

He began his academic career as an Assistant Professor at Harvard University. He returned to MIT in 1994 as the Ford Career Development Associate Professor and was promoted to Professor in 1997. He has also served as Editor of Econometrica and has held visiting positions at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University.

Ellison’s primary specialties are game theory and industrial organization. His recent work has focused on electronic commerce and online businesses. He also has continuing interests in a broad range of topics, including game theoretic models of learning, mutual funds, geographic concentration, academic publishing, and math education.

Ellison is married to Sara Fisher Ellison, a senior lecturer in the economics department at MIT who works in industrial organization. They have three daughters: Caroline, 14; Anna, 11; and Kate, 6. He has spent a fair amount of time in recent years coaching his daughters’ middle school math teams – including writing a textbook for them – and also enjoys his time as youth softball coach.

Glenn Ellison

NBER Profile: Raymond Fisman

Raymond Fisman is a Research Associate in the NBER’s Program in Corporate Finance. He is also the Lambert Family Professor of Social Enterprise and Director of the Social Enterprise Program at the Columbia Business School.

Fisman received his Ph.D. in Business Economics at Harvard University and his B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from McGill University. He worked as a consultant in the Africa Division of the World Bank for a year before moving to Columbia in 1999.

Fisman’s research focuses on two main areas: he studies the behavior of firms in the developing world, with a particular focus on corruption. And, he conducts lab experiments to test theories of philanthropic motivations.

Fisman also writes a monthly column for Slate magazine, and his book, Economic Gangsters: Violence, Corruption, and the Poverty of Nations (coauthored with Edward Miguel), was published by Princeton University Press in 2008. He lives in Morningside Heights with his wife and their 18-month old daughter.

Raymond Fisman

NBER Profile: Morris M. Kleiner

Morris M. Kleiner is a Research Associate in the NBER’s Labor Studies Program. He is also the AFL-CIO chair of labor policy and professor at the Humphrey Institute and the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies at the University of Minnesota. Kleiner received his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois and his undergraduate degree from Bradley University.

His research studies include analyzing the influence of institutions such as firms, unions, and government in the labor market and the effect of labor-management policies on organizations. He has published extensively in the field of labor economics and industrial relations, and is the author, co-author, or coeditor of six books. His latest book “Licensing Occupations: Ensuring Quality or Restricting Competition” was selected as one of the "Noteworthy Books in Industrial Relations and Labor Economics" by the Princeton University, Industrial Relations Section.

Prior to joining the Minnesota faculty, Kleiner was a Professor at the University of Kansas. He has also been a visiting scholar in the Harvard University economics department, a visiting researcher in the Industrial Relations Section at Princeton University, and a research fellow at the London School of Economics. He is currently serving as a Visiting Scholar in the economic research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

In his free time, Kleiner enjoys running, biking, traveling, and especially visiting his grandchildren with his wife, Sally.

Morris M. Kleiner

NBER Profile: Ricardo Reis

Ricardo Reis is a Research Associate in the NBER's Programs on Monetary Economics and Economic Fluctuations and Growth. He is also a professor of economics at Columbia University.

Reis received his B.Sc. from the London School of Economics and his Masters' and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He taught at Princeton University before joining the Columbia faculty. His main area of research is macroeconomics, and Reis has studied monetary policy, models of inattentiveness, and measuring the persistence of macroeconomic series and how they affect business cycles and banking crises. His current focus is on liquidity injections during a financial crisis.

Reis serves on Board of Editors of the American Economic Review. He is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Journal of Money Credit and Banking, and the Economic Journal. He lives in Manhattan and spends most of his time with his wife (Mafalda), playing with their young son (António).

Ricardo Reis
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