NBER Reporter: 2012 Number 2 Profiles

NBER Profile: Gita Gopinath

Gita Gopinath is a Research Associate in the NBER's Programs on Economic Fluctuations and Growth, Monetary Economics, and International Finance and Macroeconomics. She also is also a Professor of Economics at Harvard University.

Gopinath received her Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University in 2001. She taught at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business from 2001-5 before coming to Harvard.

Gopinath currently serves on the Board of Editors of the American Economic Review and is Associate Editor of the Journal of International Economics. She has been a Visiting Scholar in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston since 2009. In 2011, she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Gopinath lives in Weston, MA with her husband and 9-year old son. Her hobbies are reading and watching films.

Gita Gopinath

NBER Profile: Daniel S. Hamermesh

Daniel S. Hamermesh is a Research Associate in the NBER's Program on Labor Studies. He is also Sue Killam Professor in the Foundations of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin and professor of labour economics at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. (The Killam Professorship recognizes his teaching of introductory economics to over 20,000 students during his career, not his contributions to economic theory.)

Hamermesh received his A.B. from the University of Chicago in 1965 and his Ph.D. from Yale in 1969. He taught at Princeton and Michigan State University before moving to Texas in 1993. His research has focused on a number of areas, including issues of labor demand, time use, and some more unusual topics including economic analyses of suicide, sleep, and the role of personal beauty in markets. In 2011, Princeton University Press published his Beauty Pays, which received substantial media attention.

Hamermesh is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and Past President of the Society of Labor Economists and the Midwest Economics Association. He has lectured at universities in 32 foreign countries and 47 states, which has jointly indulged his desires for talking about economics and for travel.

Hamermesh has been married for 45 years to Frances, a health-law attorney. They have two nearly-middle-aged sons and six grandchildren who range in age from 16 to 6.

Daniel S. Hamermesh

NBER Profile: Jonathan A. Parker

Jonathan A. Parker is a Research Associate in the NBER's Programs on Monetary Economics, Economic Fluctuations and Growth, and Asset Pricing. He also holds the Donald C. Clark/HSBC Chaired Professorship in Consumer Finance at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he teaches macroeconomics and finance.

Parker received his Ph.D. in economics in 1996 from MIT, where he was awarded the Robert Solow Endowment Prize for excellence in research and teaching. Prior to his present position at Northwestern, he held faculty positions at Princeton University, the University of Wisconsin, and at the University of Michigan's Business School.

Parker currently serves on the Academic Advisory Panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the Board of Editors of the American Economic Review, and the American Economic Association's Committee on Economic Statistics. He is also co-editor of the NBER's Macroeconomics Annual. During 2009, he worked as a Special Adviser for the Office of Financial Stability in the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Parker lives with his wife and two boys in Evanston, IL, where he enjoys the solitude of running and biking and the family interaction of board games and basement soccer.

Jonathan A. Parker

NBER Profile: Michael S. Weisbach

Michael S. Weisbach is a Research Associate in the NBER's Corporate Finance Program. He is also the Ralph W. Kurtz Chair of Finance at Ohio State University. Weisbach received a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in economics from MIT. He previously taught at the University of Rochester, the University of Arizona, the University of Illinois, and the University of Chicago.

His early work was on the role of boards of directors in corporate governance. His more recent research has studied corporate financial policy and private equity. In 2009, his paper "Why are Buyouts Leveraged? The Financial Structure of Private Equity Firms" (with Axelson and Stromberg) won the Journal of Finance Brattle Group Prize. Weisbach is also an editor of the Review of Financial Studies and a director of the American Finance Association.

Weisbach grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He and his wife, Amy, live in Bexley, Ohio. Their three children -- Richard (20), Beth (18), and Jonathan (11) -- keep them very busy.

Michael S. Weisbach
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