NBER Reporter: 2012 Number 1 Profiles

NBER Profile: Leemore Dafny

Leemore Dafny is a Research Associate in the NBER's Programs on Health Care and Aging and an Associate Professor of Management and Strategy at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. She also co-directs Kellogg's PhD Program in Managerial Economics and Strategy, and is a member of the Panel of Health Advisers to the Congressional Budget Office.

Dafny graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and earned her PhD in Economics from MIT. She teaches courses in healthcare strategy and empirical methods, and supervises doctoral dissertations in the industrial organization of healthcare. She is an empirical economist whose research focuses on competition in healthcare markets and the impact of public health insurance on healthcare costs and quality. Her work has been published in journals such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Law and Economics, and the New England Journal of Medicine. She also has advised federal, state, and local officials on healthcare reform and antitrust matters related to healthcare.

Dafny lives with her husband and three children on Chicago's famed North Shore, which regrettably for the kids is the inspiration for Tina Fey's 2006 hit movie, "Mean Girls."

Leemore Dafny

NBER Profile: Wolfgang Keller

Wolfgang Keller is a Research Associate in the NBER's Programs on Productivity and International Trade and Investment. He is also the Stanford Calderwood Chair of the University of Colorado at Boulder and its Economics Department. He works on the interface of international trade and the economics of technology, as well as on issues in growth and long-run development, most recently in China.

Keller joined Colorado in 2005, after having been on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the University of Texas at Austin, as well as holding visiting positions at Brown, Princeton, and the International Monetary Fund's Research Department. Keller is also a research associate of the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London. Born and raised in Koblenz, Germany, Keller received his Diploma from Freiburg University in 1990 and his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1995, both in Economics.

Keller lives in the mountains near Boulder with his wife and frequent co-author Carol H. Shiue, also a professor at Colorado, and their children, Kai (6) and Mia (1). In his spare time, when he is not skiing or biking, Keller likes to eat foreign food in situ.

Wolfgang Keller

NBER Profile: James H. Stock

Jim Stock is a Research Associate in the NBER's Programs on Monetary Economics, Economic Fluctuations and Growth, and Asset Pricing. He is also a member of the NBER's Business Cycle Dating Committee.

Stock is currently the Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy in the Economics Department at Harvard University, which he chaired from 2006 - 9. He previously served on the faculty of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and the University of California, Berkeley. Stock received his B.S. in Physics from Yale University, and an M.A. in Statistics and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Stock’s recent research includes studies of the Great Moderation and changes in the U.S. business cycle, empirical methods for macroeconomics using very many time series, and econometric inference when identification is weak. He was elected Fellow of the Econometric Society in 1992, and is currently a co-editor of Econometrica.

His Introduction to Econometrics, coauthored by Mark Watson, is a leading undergraduate econometrics textbook. In 2010, they received the CIRET/FGV Isaac Kerstenstzky Scholarly Achievement Award.

Stock grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He lives in Lincoln, Massachusetts with his wife, Anne Doyle, and two children, Chris and Corey. As a family, they enjoy outdoor activities including camping and cross-country skiing, and his hobby is coaching youth cross-country skiing.

James H. Stock

NBER Profile: Mark W. Watson

Mark Watson is a Research Associate in the NBER's Programs on Economic Fluctuations and Growth and Monetary Economics and a member of the NBER's Business Cycle Dating Committee. He is also the Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University.

Watson did his undergraduate work at Pierce Junior College and California State University at Northridge, and completed his Ph.D. at the University of California at San Diego. Before joining Princeton's Economics and Public Affairs Department in 1995, he taught at Harvard University and Northwestern University, and spent one year as a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Chicago. He has also served as a consultant for the Federal Reserve Banks of Chicago and Richmond.

Watson's research focuses on time-series econometrics, empirical macroeconomics, and macroeconomic forecasting. He has published articles in these areas and is the author (with James Stock) of Introduction to Econometrics, a leading undergraduate textbook. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Econometric Society.

Watson and his wife Debbie have been married since 1976 and have two grown children: a daughter who is a teacher in New York City and a son who is a musician in Seattle. He has little time for hobbies, but has been trying to learn karate because, as he puts it, "economics can be a dangerous business."

Mark W. Watson

NBER Profile: Steven F. Venti

Steven F. Venti is a Research Associate in the NBER's Program on Aging and the DeWalt H. Ankeny Professor of Economic Policy and Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College. He received his A.B. in economics from Boston College and his A.M. and Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

Before joining the Dartmouth faculty, Venti held positions in the Department of Economics at Harvard University and at the Kennedy School of Government. Venti's research focuses on the relationship between tax policy and saving, the effectiveness of saving incentives, housing policy, and how households accumulate and draw down wealth.

Venti and his wife Nancy have two grown children. They enjoy summers on the lake and winters on the snow.

Steven F. Venti
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