NBER Reporter: 2012 Number 4 Profiles

NBER Profile: Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan

Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan is a Research Associate in the NBER's Program on International Finance and Macroeconomics and a Professor of Economics at University of Maryland, College Park. She is also a Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research. Her current research focuses on measuring the globalization of European firms and banks; quantifying the linkages between real and financial sectors in a globalized economy and investigating the effects of such linkages on economic fluctuations and development.

A native of Turkey, Kalemli-Ozcan received her B.S. in Economics from Middle East Technical University in 1995 and her Ph.D. in Economics from Brown University in 2000. She was the Duisenberg Fellow at the European Central Bank in 2008 and held a position as lead economist/advisor for the Middle East and North Africa Region at the World Bank during 2010-11. Prior to her current position, she was a Professor of Economics at University of Houston and also held visiting positions at Bilkent University, Koc University, and at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Kalemli-Ozcan is the first Turkish social scientist who has received the Marie Curie IRG prize in 2008 for her research on European Financial Integration.

Kalemli-Ozcan lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband and two children, Evrim (10) and Erim (6). Her hobbies are reading, listening/watching opera, ballet, piano concerts and playing variety of sports that involve a ball with her two boys.

Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan

NBER Profile: Alvin Roth

Al Roth, who shared the 2012 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel with Lloyd Shapley, is a Research Associate in the NBER's Program on Labor Studies and a member of the NBER's Working Group on Market Design. He is also the George Gund Professor of Economics and Business Administration in the Department of Economics at Harvard University and in the Harvard Business School. In 2013, he will join the Stanford Economics Department.

Roth's research and teaching interests focus on game theory, experimental economics, and market design. He has studied and participated in the design of the National Resident Matching Program, through which approximately 20,000 doctors a year find their first employment as residents at American hospitals. He also helped to design the high school matching system used in New York City to match approximately 90,000 students to high schools each year, and helped to redesign the matching system used in Boston Public Schools.

Roth is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society, and has been a Guggenheim and Sloan Fellow. He received his Ph. D. at Stanford University and taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Pittsburgh prior to joining the Harvard faculty.

Roth and his wife, Emilie, have two grown sons.

Alvin Roth

NBER Profile: Chad Syverson

Chad Syverson is a Research Associate in the NBER’s Programs on Environmental and Energy Economics, Industrial Organization, and Productivity. He is also a Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.

Syverson earned bachelor's degrees in both economics and mechanical engineering from the University of North Dakota in 1996 and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland in 2001. He joined the University of Chicago's Department of Economics in 2001 and has had an appointment at the Booth School since 2008.

Syverson is an associate editor for the Journal of Economic Perspectives, RAND Journal of Economics, Management Science, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, and Journal of Industrial Economics. He also chairs the Chicago Census Research Data Center Board and recently served on the National Academy of Engineering's Manufacturing, Design, and Innovation Committee. He and co-authors Austan Goolsbee and Steve Levitt just completed an intermediate-level text, Microeconomics.

Syverson grew up in Fargo and Grand Forks, North Dakota, and now lives in Chicago's historic Beverly neighborhood with his wife, Genaya, and children Claire (9), Adam (7), and Victoria (4). In his spare time, he bicycles often, plays golf occasionally, and awaits the day when he can build his HO-model railroad masterpiece.

Chad Syverson

NBER Profile: Eugene N. White

Eugene N. White is a Research Associate in the NBER's Program on the Development of the American Economy. He is also a Professor of Economics at Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, NJ.

White received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois in 1980. He has taught at New York University and was the John Adams Professor of American Studies at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. In 2011, he held the Visiting Chair for the Domaine d'Intérêt Majeur Sciences Economiques at the Paris School of Economics. In addition, he has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Philadelphia.

Currently, White is co-editor of a series in economic and financial history for Yale University Press and is co-editing two books, the first on housing and mortgage markets in historical perspective and the second on the economics of occupation in World War II.

White splits his time between Somerset, NJ and New York City with his partner, Bob Sandla. He is an avid cook and traveler, and was recently on safari in Namibia with his sons, Brendan and Colin. In the summer, he is a part-time beach bum.

Eugene N. White
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