NBER Reporter

Ted Joyce | Owen A. Lamont | Robert A. Margo | Rosalie Liccardo Pacula

NBER Profile: Ted Joyce

Ted Joyce

Ted Joyce is an NBER Research Associate in the Programs on Health Economics and Children and a Professor of Economics at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is also the Academic Director of the Baruch/Mount Sinai MBA Program in Health Care Administration, in which he teaches health economics and statistics. He received his B.A. in bilingual education from the University of Massachusetts in 1976 and his Ph.D. in economics from the City University of New York in 1985.

Professor Joyce's research interests are in infant and reproductive health policy. His published work traverses economic, policy, and clinical journals. He is best known for his work on abortion policies and their impact on fertility and infant health.

Professor Joyce lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Judy Sackoff, an epidemiologist. They have two daughters, Nina (20) and Maya (14). A formally addicted golfer, a fading jogger, a nascent cyclist, a spin-class enthusiast, and a reluctant ellipticalist, he will do almost any type of exercise that allows his deteriorating systems to stay active. Born in Boston and raised in Massachusetts, his baseball allegiance remains fervent despite 24 years in very hostile territory. "October, he says, "can be a difficult month."

NBER Profile: Owen A. Lamont

Owen A. Lamont

Owen A. Lamont is a Research Associate in the NBER's Programs in Monetary Economics, Asset Pricing, Corporate Finance, and Economic Fluctuations and Growth. He is also a Professor of Finance at Yale School of Management, where he teaches a course in Behavioral Finance.

Lamont received his B.A. in Economics and Government from Oberlin College in 1988, and his Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 1994. Before moving to Yale in 2003, he taught at Princeton and the University of Chicago.

Lamont has received numerous prizes and awards, including fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. His research focuses on asset pricing and corporate finance, and he has published academic papers on short selling, stock returns, bond returns, closed-end funds, and corporate diversification.

Lamont lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife, Elizabeth Lamont, and two sons. Empirical economics is in Lamont's blood. His grandfather, the late Robinson Newcomb, was also a Ph.D. economist. Both he and his grandson have written papers on economic forecasting and on housing markets.

NBER Profile: Robert A. Margo

Robert A. Margo

Robert A. Margo is a Research Associate in the NBER's Programs on the Development of the American Economy and Labor Studies and a Professor of Economics and History at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his Ph. D. in Economics from Harvard University.

A specialist in the economic history of the United States, Margo is the author or co-author of three books, and approximately 100 articles, book chapters, and book reviews. Currently, he is the editor of Explorations in Economic History. Before joining the Vanderbilt faculty, he taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Colgate University. He has also been a visiting professor at Harvard and at Bard College.

Margo is married to Lee Breckenridge, a Professor of Law at Northeastern University in Boston. Margo's son, Daniel, is a freshman at Cornell University.

Margo is also an accomplished performer on classical guitar and classical mandolin. He has given solo and duo performances on classical guitar in Boston and in Nashville, and has performed in master classes for noted classical guitarists Sergio and Odair Assad and Manuel Barrueco. When in Boston, he performs regularly on mandolin with the Providence Mandolin Orchestra.

NBER Profile: Rosalie Liccardo Pacula

Rosalie Liccardo Pacula

Rosalie Liccardo Pacula is a Faculty Research Fellow in the NBER's Programs on Health Economics and Children and an economist at RAND, working in the Health Program and Drug Policy Research Center. Pacula received her B.S. in economics and political science from Santa Clara University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Duke University. She was an assistant professor at the University of San Diego for two years before moving to the University of Illinois, Chicago, and then to RAND.

Pacula's research to date has largely focused on evaluating the effectiveness of state and local public policies at diminishing substance use and abuse among youth, and the social costs of such abuses. She has also done significant work in evaluating mental health policies and their impact on health care utilization. Her previous and ongoing research areas include: analyses of the impact of marijuana policies on youth marijuana use; the social cost of marijuana use; the determination of price in illicit drug markets; the relationship between demands for intoxicating substances; and the cost-benefit of school-based drug prevention programs. She has done in-depth policy analyses of state-level parity legislation, medical marijuana laws, and decriminalization policy in the United States.

Pacula lives in San Diego, CA, with her husband, Joe, and two children, Gabriella (5) and Brian (3). She is an avid runner, but also enjoys hiking, boating, skiing and various other outdoor activities with family. Right now, Pacula's main hobby is raising her two young children. She works part-time so she can spend more time with them, volunteering regularly in their classrooms and participating in their other activities.

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