for Economic Research:
Antonio M. Merlo has been appointed as the director of the Penn
Institute for Economic Research, according to a recent announcement
by SAS Dean Samuel H. Preston.
Merlo, the Lawrence R. Klein Associate Professor of Economics, joined
the Penn faculty in 2000 after holding tenured positions at the
University of Minnesota and NYU. He holds a doctorate in economics
from NYU. His area of specialty is political economy, and he is
a research fellow in the public policy program of the Centre for
Economic Policy Research.
is the associate editor of the Journal of Economic Theory
and the Review of Economic Dynamics and serves on the editorial
board of International Economic Review. In addition, he has
published numerous articles in leading economics journals and has
been the recipient of two research grants from the NSF. He is a
member of the American Economic Association, the Econometric Society,
the Economic Science Association, the Society for Economic Dynamics,
and the Society for the Promotion of Economic Theory.
Penn Institute for Economics Research was created in 1993 through
a gift from William P. Carey. Its mission is to create an environment
for research and teaching that will establish Penn as the leading
institution in the world for the study of economics, to promote
and support the efforts of faculty and students in advancing the
science of economics, to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas
and research results within and outside of the Penn academic community,
and to foster a better understanding of the importance of basic
economic research in the formulation and assessment of public policy.
"Professor Merlo's creativity, energy, and passion for economic
research make him the ideal person to head the institute,"
said Dean Preston.
achieve these goals, the institute co-sponsors workshops, disseminates
research findings through a working paper series, organizes Economics
Day at Penn, provides the Lawrence R. Klein Prize for the best undergraduate
research paper in economics, holds conferences, and organizes a
monthly lunch discussion for its fellows.
advisory board has been appointed to assist the institute in its
mission. The advisory board consists of the following members:
- Board Chairman
William Polk Carey, chairman of the board of W.P. Carey &
Co., LLC. Mr. Carey is a graduate of the Wharton School of the
University of Pennsylvania.
- Robert Inman,
Miller-Sherrerd Professor at the Wharton School.
Chairman Lawrence R. Klein, Benjamin Franklin Professor Emeritus
of Economics and Nobel laureate.
- James L.
McCabe, president of McCabe Capital Managers, Ltd. Dr. McCabe
holds a doctorate in economics from Penns Graduate School
of Arts and Sciences.
- Samuel H.
Preston, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Frederick
J. Warren Professor of Demography, ex-officio.
M. Santomero, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
and Richard King Mellon Professor of Finance at the Wharton School.
- Thomas J.
Sargent, professor of economics at Stanford University and senior
fellow of the Hoover Institution.
- Nancy L.
Stokey, Frederick Henry Prince Professor of Economics and of Social
Sciences in the College at the University of Chicago. Professor
Stokey is a graduate of Penns College for Women.
- Edmond D.
Villani, president and chief executive officer of Zurich Scudder
Investments, Inc. Dr. Villani holds a doctorate in economics from
Penns Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
I. Wolpin, professor and chairman of the Department of Economics,
Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 11, November 6, 2001
November 6, 2001
Volume 48 Number 11
Packard Foundation awards a fellowship to Dr.
Max Tegmark of physics and astronomy.
Antonio Merlo is named director of the Penn Institute for
Jean Howard has been named the Catherine Bryson Professor.
Sheila Murnaghan has been named the Alfred Reginald Allen
Memorial Professor in Greek.
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