Ryan Award-Celebration of Education - Carnegie Mellon University

The William H. and Frances S. Ryan Award for Meritorious Teaching

2017 Ryan Award Recipient

Laurence AlesLaurence Ales

Associate Professor of Economics, Tepper School of Business

Laurence Ales is an associate professor of economics at the Tepper School of Business. His research focuses on the study of inequality and the design of tax policy. Recent work has analyzed how to tax the labor income of highly paid CEOs and how the income tax schedule should change over time due to polarizing technical change. Current projects study the impact that future disruptive technologies will have on labor markets and determine the best response of policymakers in the form of tax subsidies and migration assistance.

Ales joined Carnegie Mellon University in 2008. He teaches courses in the Economics undergraduate and MBA programs of the Tepper School of Business. Over the years, he has redesigned and launched several new courses in economics, with a unique attention placed on the integration of modeling and data analytics. Ales has supervised and mentored numerous undergraduate and doctoral students. Some of these collaborations have developed into joint work published in top economic journals and in award-winning thesis projects. He has also been invited by numerous undergraduate and graduate student organizations to present current research and to discuss contemporary macroeconomic developments.

Ales is the recipient of the 2012 Richard M. Cyert Award for Excellence in Teaching, conferred by the Tepper School of Business. Before joining Carnegie Mellon, he completed his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Minnesota and attended the University of Rome, Tor Vergata, where he received his bachelor’s degree in physics.

The William H. and Frances S. Ryan Award for Meritorious Teaching is given annually to a full-time faculty member at Carnegie Mellon who has demonstrated unusual devotion and effectiveness in teaching undergraduate or graduate students.

The award is intended to recognize excellence in teaching in several dimensions:

  • outstanding classroom teaching
  • creation of challenging and innovative courses
  • creation or use of new and innovative teaching methods and course materials
  • effective supervision of research or creative projects
  • effective supervision of undergraduate honors students and graduate students