NBER Reporter: Fall 2003

Fall 2003

NBER Profile: Joshua Aizenman

Joshua Aizenman is a Research Associate in the NBER’s Program on International Trade and Investment and a Professor of Economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). He received his B.A. in Mathematics and Philosophy and M.A. in Economics from Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and his Ph. D. in Economics from the University of Chicago.

Aizenman joined the faculty at UCSC in 2001 following eleven years at Dartmouth College, where he had served as the Champion Professor of International Economics. His research covers a range of issues in open economy, including commercial and financial policies, crises in emerging markets, foreign direct investment, capital controls, and exchange rate regimes. His other affiliations have included teaching and research positions at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has also served as a consultant to the World Bank, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the International Monetary Fund, and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Aizenman was born in Poland and has joint U.S./Israeli citizenship. He is married and has four children.

Menzie Chinn

NBER Profile: David W. Galenson

David W. Galenson is a Research Associate in the NBER’s Program on Labor Studies and a Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. He received both his undergraduate and his graduate degrees in economics from Harvard University.

Galenson joined the University of Chicago’s economics faculty in 1978 and was promoted to full professor in 1986. He has also been a visiting professor at l'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, the University of Texas at Austin, MIT, California Institute of Technology, and the American University of Paris.

Galenson’s work, earlier in his career in economic history and more recently on the economics of the art world, is widely published in economic journals. He also has authored a number of books, including Painting Outside the Lines: Patterns of Creativity in Modern Art, which was published in 2001, and Mesurer l’Art, which will be published in 2004.

Galenson lives in Chicago with Lynn Olson, a sociologist who works at the American Academy of Pediatrics. When he is not working, he enjoys playing tennis and collecting modern art.

Angus S. Deaton

NBER Profile: Roger H. Gordon

Roger H. Gordon is a Research Associate in the NBER’s Program in Public Economics and a Professor of Economics at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). His current research interests include positive and normative issues in the taxation of financial and real investments, and tax issues in transition and developing countries.

Gordon received his B.A. from Harvard and his Ph.D. at MIT. Before moving to UCSD, he was the Reuben Kempf Professor at the University of Michigan, and earlier was on the technical staff at Bell Laboratories. He is a Fellow of the Econometrics Society, a past editor and current co-editor of the Journal of Public Economics, and a past co-editor of the American Economic Review.

Gordon lives in La Jolla with his wife, NBER Research Associate Michelle J. White. When they are not working, they like to hike and bike in the hills around San Diego. They also enjoy spending time abroad, and at this point have spent time at research institutes in over ten different countries.

Jean Olson Lanjouw
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