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James Stock Named Vice Provost for Climate and Sustainability

 

James StockProfessor Jim Stock, Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy, has been named to the newly created position of Vice Provost and Sustainability. His role will focus on guiding Harvard's strategies for climate research and its global impact.

 

Read more on the announcement in the Harvard Gazette

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James Stock

Professor Jim Stock Named Harvard's First Vice Provost for Climate and Sustainability

September 8, 2021

Professor Jim Stock, Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy, has been named to the newly created position of Vice Provost and Sustainability.  Reporting directly to the Vice Provost office, Professor Stock's role will focus on guiding Harvard's strategies for climate research and its global impact.

Read more about Professor Jim Stock Named Harvard's First Vice Provost for Climate and Sustainability
Myrto Kalouptsidi

Professor Myrto Kalouptsidi Named as Bodossaki Foundation’s Distinguished Young Scientist Award for 2021

May 13, 2021

Professor Myrto Kalouptsidi has been named a winner of the Bodossaki Foundation’s distinguished young scientist award for 2021. These awards are presented in six fields, including social sciences, to Greek scientists up to the age of 40, who excel in their fields, both in Greece and abroad.... Read more about Professor Myrto Kalouptsidi Named as Bodossaki Foundation’s Distinguished Young Scientist Award for 2021

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2021 Sep 16

Alberto Alesina Graduate Student Workshop in Political Economy and Culture

1:30pm to 2:45pm

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Zoom link distributed to the listserv. Littauer M-15 for sign-up in-person attendance only.

James Reisinger (Harvard University) "Southernization: The Long-Term Effect of Mid-20th Century Migration on Political Preferences and Culture"

Canvas site: https://canvas.harvard.edu/courses/91512
Contact: Abigail Powers
Contact email: abigailpowers@fas.harvard.edu

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  • Fields of Study

    Theory

    The study of the application of using hypothetical quantitative economic models.

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    Political Economy

    The study of production and trade and their relations with law, custom and government; and with the distribution of national income and wealth.

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    Econometrics

    The study of developing and using statistical and mathematical tools to analyze economic issues and policy
    questions.

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    Macroeconomics

    The study of the national economy and the determinants of national production, unemployment, and inflation.

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    Economic History

    The study of how economies and economic outcomes have changed over history and how economic institutions have developed. 

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    International Economics

    The study of the effects upon economic activity from international differences in productive resources and consumer preferences and the international institutions that affect them. 

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    Behavioral Economics

    The study of the cognitive and emotional dimensions of economic decisions.

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    Industrial Organization

    The study of individual markets and the nature of competition. Topics include anti-trust policy, the role of advertising, and how costs vary with the scale of operations. This field also studies particular industries such as software and technology firms, sports, and tourism.

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    Economic Development

    The study of why some countries have developed while others have not, with special focus on the world’s less developed countries. How might the industrialized countries improve prospects for development around the world?

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    Labor Economics

    The study of employers’ decisions to hire workers and employees’ decisions to work. This involves determinants of wages, the incentives workers face, and the role of minimum wage laws, unions, pensions, and training programs. 

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    Financial Economics

    The study of how to value and determine the price of assets with uncertain returns their derivatives and the markets that trade them; the study of how firms finance their operations and the capital structure of firms.

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    Public Economics

    The study of the role of government in the economy including how to evaluate government programs, the design of tax systems, and how the political process makes decisions.

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