Keynote Speakers

Daron Acemoglu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Daron Acemoglu, an Institute Professor at MIT and an elected fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, the Turkish Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Econometric Society, the European Economic Association, and the Society of Labor Economists.

He is the author of five books, including Why Nations Fail: Power, Prosperity, and Poverty and The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty (both with James A. Robinson).

His academic work covers a wide range of areas, including political economy, economic development, economic growth, inequality, labor economics and economics of networks.

Daron Acemoglu has received the inaugural T. W. Shultz Prize from the University of Chicago in 2004, and the inaugural Sherwin Rosen Award for outstanding contribution to labor economics in 2004, Distinguished Science Award from the Turkish Sciences Association in 2006, the John von Neumann Award, Rajk College, Budapest in 2007, the Carnegie Fellowship in 2017, the Jean-Jacques Laffont Prize in 2018, and the Global Economy Prize in 2019.

He was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal in 2005, the Erwin Plein Nemmers Prize in 2012, and the 2016 BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award.

He holds Honorary Doctorates from the University of Utrecht, the Bosporus University, University of Athens, Bilkent University, the University of Bath, the Ecole Normale Superieure, Saclay Paris, and the London Business School.


Vincent Crawford, University of Oxford

Vincent Crawford is the Drummond Professor of Political Economy Emeritus; an Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College; and Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Research Professor, University of California, San Diego. He holds an A.B. Summa cum Laude from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy, and Academia Europea; and he has held research grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation and the European Research Council. He served as co-editor of the American Economic Review and on the boards of Econometrica and several other journals; and is currently an editor of Games and Economic Behavior.

He is known for his work on game-theoretic microeconomic theory, particularly bargaining and arbitration, strategic communication, matching markets, learning, and coordination. His current research is on behavioral and experimental game theory and behavioral economics more generally.


Penny Goldberg, Yale University

Pinelopi (Penny) Koujianou Goldberg is the Elihu Professor of Economics at Yale University. She was Chief Economist of the World Bank Group between November 2018 and March 2020. Goldberg is the current President of the Econometric Society and has previously served as Vice-President of the American Economic Association. From 2011-2017 she was Editor-in-Chief of the American Economic Review. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, recipient of Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and Sloan Research Fellowships, and recipient of the Bodossaki Prize in Social Sciences.

Goldberg is an applied microeconomist drawn to policy-relevant questions in trade and development. She has exploited a broad set of methodological approaches to investigate the determinants and effects of trade policies, intellectual property rights protection in developing countries, exchange rate passthrough, pricing to market, and international price discrimination. Her most recent research examines the resurgence of protectionism in the U.S., trade, poverty and inequality, the interplay between informality and trade liberalization in the presence of labor market frictions, and legal discrimination against women.

Goldberg holds a Diplom in Economics from the University of Freiburg, Germany and a Ph.D in Economics from Stanford University.


Bruce Hansen, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Bruce Hansen (age 58) is the Phipps Distinguished Chair of Economics at the University of Wisconsin. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the Journal of Econometrics, and the International Association of Applied Econometrics. He was Co-Editor of Econometric Theory during 1995-2008 and Associate Editor of Econometrica for the period 1996-2008. He has been nearly continuously funded by the National Science Foundation since 1991 and was awarded an Alfred Sloan Research Fellowship in 1994. He has published 63 papers in refereed journals and is routinely invited to speak at international conferences. His research is well cited (over 36,000 Google Scholar citations). His online PhD-level econometrics textbook is widely used for PhD-level teaching, reference, and individual education.

Hansen’s research area is econometric theory and methods, with an emphasis on techniques with practical application for applied economists. His early contributions include methods for estimation and testing of cointegration, structural breaks, models with unidentified nuisance parameters, and nonlinearity. His mid-career contributions focused on discontinuous threshold models: developing estimators, tests for threshold effects, and methods for confidence interval construction. More recent research has focused on forecasting, nonparametrics, model selection, averaging, and shrinkage methods. His current interests include exact distribution theory, clustered dependence, GMM, and model misspecification.


Cheng Hsiao, University of Southern California

Cheng Hsiao works in both theoretical and applied econometrics. He obtained PhD from Stanford University in 1972. Currently, he is the Professor of Economics at the University of Southern California, Academician of Academia Sinica, Fellow of the Econometric Society, the Journal of Econometrics, and the Founding Fellow of International Association for Applied Econometrics.

His research works have been published at reputable international journals including Econometrica, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Review of Economic Studies and Journal of Econometrics, etc.

He is the author of the Econometric Society monograph entitled “Analysis of Panel Data”.


Guido Imbens, Stanford University

Guido Imbens is Professor of Economics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Professor of Economics in the Economics Department at Stanford University. After graduating from Brown University Imbens has taught at Harvard University, UCLA, and UC Berkeley. He joined the GSB in 2012. Imbens specializes in econometrics, and in particular methods for drawing causal inferences.

Guido Imbens is a fellow of the Econometric Society, Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of St. Gallen. In 2017 he receive the Horace Mann medal at Brown University.


Dilip Mookherjee, Boston University

Dilip Mookherjee studied economics at Presidency College, Calcutta and Delhi School of Economics, and received his PhD in 1982 from London School of Economics. He taught at Stanford University from 1982 to 1989, the Indian Statistical Institute in New Delhi from 1989 till 1995. Since 1995 he has been teaching at Boston University in the Department of Economics, and directing the Institute for Economic Development since 1998.

His main research interests are development, inequality, organizations and political economy. His current theoretical research includes hierarchies and collusion and dynamics of inequality.

His empirical research focuses on development in South Asia and China. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a fellow/affiliate of NBER, CEPR and BREAD. He has previously served as Co-Editor of Theoretical Economics and Journal of Development Economics, and Associate Editor at the American Economic Review.


Whitney Newey, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Whitney Newey is Ford Professor of Economics at MIT and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is a fellow of the Econometric Society, an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a distinguished fellow of the American Economic Association.

He served as chair of MIT Economics, on the Executive Committee of the Econometric Society, co-editor of Econometrica, and program co-chair for the 2005 World Congress of the Econometric Society. Current research interests include debiased machine learning, regression with many included regressors, economic models with general heterogeneity, and identification in economic models.


Serena Ng, Columbia University

Serena Ng is Edwin W. Richert Professor of Economics at Columbia University. She is a fellow of the Econometric Society, the International Association of Applied Econometrics, Society of Financial Econometrics, and a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research. She received her B.A. from the University of Western Ontario and Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Her primary interest is modeling and analysis of economic data. She has written extensively on model selection, factor analysis, forecasting, measures of uncertainty, and missing data. She is currently the Co-Managing Editor of the Journal of Econometrics.


Azeem Shaikh, University of Chicago

Azeem Shaikh is presently the Ralph and Mary Otis Isham Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago. Before coming to Chicago, he was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics at Yale University. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Economics at Stanford University and his B.S. from Duke University, where he studied mathematics.

His academic interests lie broadly in econometric theory.



Robert Shiller, Yale University

Robert J. Shiller is Sterling Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University, and Professor of Finance and Fellow at the International Center for Finance, Yale School of Management. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1967 and his Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972.

He has written on financial markets, financial innovation, behavioral economics, macroeconomics, real estate, statistical methods, and public attitudes, opinions, and moral judgments regarding markets. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences jointly with Eugene Fama and Lars Peter Hansen in 2013.

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