NBER Reporter: 2011 Number 1 Profiles

NBER Profile: Matthew E. Kahn

Matthew E. Kahn is a Research Associate in the NBER's Program on Environmental and Energy Economics. He is also a Professor in the Institute of the Environment and the Departments of Economics and Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Kahn holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Hamilton College and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago. Before joining the UCLA faculty in January 2007, he taught at Columbia University and at Tufts University's Fletcher School. He also has served as a Visiting Professor at Harvard University and Stanford University.

Kahn is the author of Green Cities: Urban Growth and the Environment (Brookings Institution Press, 2006), the co-author of Heroes and Cowards: The Social Face of War (Princeton University Press, 2009), and Climatopolis (Basic Books, 2010). He also blogs about environmental economics for the Christian Science Monitor.

Kahn is married to his favorite co-author, Dora L. Costa. They have a happy nine-year-old son named Alexander.

Matthew E. Kahn

NBER Profile: Howard Kunreuther

Howard Kunreuther is co-director of the NBER's Working Group on Insurance and the James G. Dinan Professor of Decision Sciences and Public Policy at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is also Co-Director of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center.

Kunreuther received his undergraduate degree from Bates College and his Ph.D. in Economics from MIT. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); a member of the National Academy of Sciences' Panel on Increasing National Resilience to Hazards and Disasters; and a Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis, having received its Distinguished Achievement Award in 2001. He co-chaired the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on "Innovation and Leadership in Reducing Risks from Natural Disasters'" and is currently involved with the WEF Risk Response Network. He is also a member of the OECD's High Level Advisory Board on Financial Management of Large-Scale Catastrophes and a chapter lead author for the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. His most recent books are At War with the Weather (with Erwann Michel-Kerjan, July 2009, MIT Press) and Learning from Catastrophes: Strategies for Reaction and Response (with Michael Useem, January 2010, Financial Times Press) which was named to two "top" lists: Risk Management Monitor's list of Top 10 books in 2010 for Business Managers and "Best Business Books" in 2010 by Strategy + Business magazine.

Kunreuther and his wife Gail, who works with young children and their parents, live in Philadelphia. They also spend time in their New York City apartment, closer to their four children and grandchildren and to his research with colleagues at Columbia University. They enjoy bicycling and travel.

Howard Kunreuther

NBER Profile: Giovanni Maggi

Giovanni Maggi is a Research Associate in the NBER's Program on International Trade and Investment and a Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Yale University. He is also Co-Director of the Leitner Program for Comparative and International Political Economy at Yale University.

Maggi received his undergraduate degree from Universita' Bocconi in Milan in 1989 and his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University in 1994. He then joined the Princeton University economics faculty in 1994 as an Assistant Professor, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2001, and to full Professor in 2002. He came to Yale University in 2007. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Getulio Vargas Foundation.

Maggi's research and teaching interests include International Trade, International Political Economy, and the Theory of Contracts and Institutions. His work has been published in a number of economic journals, and he is currently Co-Editor of the Journal of International Economics.

Giovanni Maggi

NBER Profile: Joshua Rauh

Joshua Rauh is an NBER Research Associate in the Corporate Finance and Public Economics Programs and an Associate Professor of Finance at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He studies corporate investment, public pension liabilities, and the financial structure of pension funds and their sponsors.

Rauh holds a B.A. from Yale University and a Ph.D. in economics from MIT. Prior to joining the Kellogg faculty, he taught at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. He also has worked as an Associate Economist for Goldman Sachs in London.

Rauh serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Finance, the Review of Corporate Finance Studies, and the Journal of Pension Economics and Finance. He is married and has two young children.

Joshua Rauh
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