Inclusive Growth and Prosperity Initiative Faculty
Associate Professor of Economics, Director of Undergraduate Research
Laurence Ales’ interests include income tax policy, the effects of technological change on labor demand and wages, and inequality in healthcare consumption. Laurence also heads the Global Challenges Competition, which presents undergraduate students with a pressing social problem and challenges them to combine data and economic reasoning to arrive at a policy recommendation.
Assistant Professor of Economics
David Childers’ area of interest is the solution of complex macroeconomic models with realistic distributions of wages, wealth, or other individual characteristics. Solving such models accurately is a critical step in the quantitative analysis of economic policy.
The Richard P. Simmons Distinguished Professorship; University Professor of Economics, Nobel Laureate (2004)
Finn Kydland received the Nobel prize in 2004 in recognition of his seminal work on business cycles and policy inconsistency. This work has had a profound impact on modern economics. In recent years, Finn has studied the interacted effects of inflation and tax policy on economic growth.
Assistant Professor of Economics, Frank and Helen Risch Faculty Development Professor in Business
Ali Shourideh studies the design and performance of government tax and spending programs. Recent areas of work include public pension reform, taxation of capital income, and the relationship between trade and tax policies.
H.J. Heinz Professor of Economics
Chris Sleet is interested in the effect of technological change on income inequality and optimal tax policy, and conducts research on the challenges posed by informational and political constraints to the design of tax systems.
Associate Professor of Economics
Ariel Zetlin-Jones is interested in the effects of informational frictions on the structure and performance of financial markets, and their importance for the broader economy. Ariel also studies blockchain technology and its application to macroeconomics.