NBER Reporter: 2011 Number 3 Profiles

Liran Einav     Atif R. Mian     Edward Miguel     Giovanni Peri     Amir Sufi    

NBER Profile: Liran Einav

Liran Einav is a Research Associate in the NBER's Programs on Industrial Organization and the Economics of Aging. He is also an Associate Professor of Economics at Stanford University.

Einav received his B.A. in Computer Science and Economics from Tel Aviv University and his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. He joined Stanford's faculty when he graduated from Harvard in 2002.

Einav's areas of specialization are industrial organization and applied microeconomics. Beyond the insurance work described in this issue of the Reporter, Einav has studied consumer behavior and the pricing of subprime auto loans, competition in the motion picture industry, and strategic commitment. He is currently involved in a large-scale project using data from eBay.

Einav lives in Stanford, CA with his wife, Shirit, and their three children: Shiley, Yahli, and Libby.

Liran Einav

NBER Profile: Atif R. Mian

Atif R. Mian is a Research Associate in the NBER's Programs on Corporate Finance and Monetary Economics. He also holds the Joe Shoong Chair in International Business at the Haas School of Business of the University of California, Berkeley.

Mian received a Ph.D. in economics from MIT in 2001. Before joining the Berkeley faculty, he taught at the University of Chicago. He also has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Banks of New York and San Francisco.

Mian's research sits at the intersection of finance and macroeconomics. Some of his early work focused on how political, informational, and organizational constraints in financial markets can shape the allocation of capital in less developed economies. His more recent focus has been on household leverage: why it grows; how it affects aggregate demand; and how it can strangle even the world's mightiest economy.

Mian grew up in Pakistan -- a country that taught him why politics cannot be separated from economics. He currently lives in the bay area with his wife, Ayesha, and their daughters Rida (6) and Hayah (3).

Atif R. Mian

NBER Profile: Edward Miguel

Edward (Ted) Miguel is a Research Associate in the NBER's Programs on Political Economy and Education. He is also a professor of economics and director of the Center of Evaluation for Global Action at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 2000.

Born in New York City and raised in New Jersey, he earned S.B. degrees in both Economics and Mathematics from MIT and received a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow. His main research focus is African economic development, including work on the economic causes and consequences of violence; the impact of ethnic divisions on local collective action; and interactions between health, education, and productivity for the poor. He has conducted field work in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and India.

Miguel and NBER Research Associate Ray Fisman are co-authors of Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence and the Poverty of Nations (Princeton University Press, 2008). He is also an Associate Editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Development Economics, and Review of Economics and Statistics, the recipient of the 2005 Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and winner of the 2005 Kenneth J. Arrow Prize awarded annually by the International Health Economics Association for the Best Paper in Health Economics.

Miguel lives in Piedmont, California and enjoys running, cooking, and spending time with his wife, three-year old son, and baby daughter.

Edward Miguel

NBER Profile: Giovanni Peri

Giovanni Peri is a Professor of Economics at the University of California, Davis and a Research Associate in the NBER's Program on International Trade and Investment. He is also a CESifo Research Professor at the University of Munich and Editor of "CESifo Economic Studies".

Peri received his B.S. and Doctoral Degree in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. His earlier research focused on human capital, growth, and technological innovation, but more recently he has turned his attention to the impact of international migration on labor markets, housing markets, and the productivity of the receiving countries, and on the determinants of international migration.

Peri's work has been published in several academic journals, including the Review of Economic Studies, the Review of Economics and Statistics, and the Economic Journal, He is also on the Editorial Board of Regional Science and Urban Economics, the Journal of Urban Economics, and the Journal of Population Economics.

Peri lives in Davis, CA with his wife, Paola, and three children: Claudia, Fabio, and Dante. In his spare time, he enjoys playing sports with the kids and travelling with the family to his native Italy, to make and taste olive oil from his family's olive grove in Todi, Umbria.

Giovanni Peri

NBER Profile: Amir Sufi

Amir Sufi is a Faculty Research Fellow in the NBER's Programs on Corporate Finance, Economic Fluctuations and Growth, and Monetary Economics. He is also Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.

Sufi received his bachelor's degree from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1999 and his Ph.D. in economics from MIT in 2005. Prior to his graduate studies, he worked as an Assistant Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Sufi's research focuses on the linkages between finance and the real economy, which he investigates in the context of corporate finance, household finance, and macroeconomics. His corporate finance work looks at the effects of incentive conflicts on contractual design, capital structure, and investment policy. His household finance research investigates the macroeconomic implications of household balance sheet strength and house price cycles. His research has been published in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Finance, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.

Sufi received an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in 2011. He currently serves as an associate editor for the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the Review of Financial Studies.

While most don't guess it, Sufi grew up in heartland city of Topeka, Kansas. He currently lives in Hyde Park, an area of Chicago, with his wife and two sons, and another baby is on the way. He spends a lot of his personal time running -- both on his own, for exercise, and after his kids.

Amir Sufi
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