NBER Reporter: Summer 2003 Profiles
NBER Profile: Joshua Angrist
Joshua Angrist is a Research Associate in the NBER's Programs on Children, Education, and Labor Studies, and a Professor of Economics at MIT. A dual U.S. and Israeli citizen, he taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem before coming to MIT. He holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and also spent time as an undergraduate studying at the London School of Economics and as a Masters student at Hebrew University. He completed his Ph.D. in Economics at Princeton in 1989 and his first academic job was as an Assistant Professor at Harvard from 1989-91.
Angrist's research interests include the effects of school inputs and organization on student achievement, the impact of education and social programs on the labor market, immigration, labor market regulation and institutions, and econometric methods for program and policy evaluation. Although many of his papers use data from other countries, he does not especially like to travel and prefers to get the data in the mail. He is also a Fellow of the Econometric Society and a Co-editor of the Journal of Labor Economics.
Angrist has a long-standing interesting in public policy. In addition to his academic work, he has worked as a consultant to the U.S. Social Security Administration, The Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, and for the Israeli government after the Oslo peace negotiations in 1994. He lives in Brookline with his wife Mira, and their two children, Adie and Noam. The Angrist family enjoy activities like hiking, skiing, skating, sailing, and eating.
NBER Profile: Jordi Galí
Jordi Galí is a Research Associate in the NBER's Program on Economic Fluctuations and Growth and the Program on Monetary Economics. He is also a Senior Researcher and Director of the Center for Research on International Economics (CREI) at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona).
Gali earned his Ph.D. in Economics at MIT in 1989 and has been a Professor of Economics at New York University and, prior to that, an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University. His research interests include macroeconomics, monetary theory, and macro-econometrics. He is currently a part-time Professor of Economics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, a visiting Scholar at the Bank of Spain, and co-director of the International Macroeconomics Program of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London.
Gali currently lives in Barcelona (Catalonia). He is married to Ellen Caldwell, who works in the pharmaceutical industry. They have two children, Arnau, 10, and Anna Carla, 9. In his leisure time, Galí enjoys listening to jazz and classical music, reading, skiing, and mountain biking.
NBER Profile: Jonathan Gruber
Jonathan Gruber is Director of the NBER's Program on Children, an NBER Research Associate, and a Professor of Economics at MIT, where he has taught since 1992. He is also a co-editor of the Journal of Public Economics, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Health Economics.
Gruber received his B.S. in Economics from MIT and his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. He was the recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, a FIRST award from the National Institute on Aging, and the Kenneth Arrow Award for the Best Paper in Health Economics in 1994. He was also one of 15 scientists nationwide to receive the Presidential Faculty Fellow Award from the National Science Foundation in 1995. During the 1997-8 academic year, Gruber was on leave as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the Treasury Department.
Gruber's research focuses on public finance and health economics. His recent areas of particular interest include the economics of employer-provided health insurance, the efficiency of our current system of delivering health care to the indigent, the effect of the Social Security program on retirement behavior, and the economics of smoking.
Gruber lives in Lexington with his wife, Andrea, and three children, Sam (8), Jack (6), and Ava (4). He spends his free time "keeping them busy!"
NBER Profile: Steven N. Kaplan
Steven N. Kaplan is an NBER Research Associate in the Corporate Finance Program and the Neubauer Family Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business (GSB). He is also the faculty director of the GSB's Polsky Entrepreneurship Center. Kaplan has been a member of the GSB faculty since 1988.
He received his Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University and his A.B. in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Harvard College. Between college and graduate school, he was an investment banker at Kidder Peabody.
Kaplan's research and teaching focuses on issues in private equity and entrepreneurial finance, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, e-commerce, and corporate finance. He has published papers in a number of academic and business journals.
He lives in Chicago with his wife, Carol Rubin, and their two sons, Sam and Alec.
NBER Profile: Per Strömberg
Per Strömberg is a Faculty Research Fellow in the NBER's Program on Corporate Finance and an Associate Professor of Finance at the Graduate School of Business (GSB) of the University of Chicago. He has been a member of the GSB faculty since 1997, and previously taught at the Stockholm School of Economics and at Carnegie Mellon University.
Strömberg received his Ph.D. in Financial Economics from Carnegie Mellon University. He also holds an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics.
Strömberg has done research in the areas of financial distress and venture capital finance. His work has been published in Journal of Finance, American Economic Review, and Review of Economic Studies, and has been presented at numerous conferences and universities. His work on bankruptcy auctions won the 2001 Brattle Prize for best corporate finance paper published in the Journal of Finance.
Strömberg is married to Lina, who is expecting their third child in June. In his free time, apart from spending it with his family, he enjoys playing jazz piano and cooking.