NBER Reporter: 2013 Number 3 Profiles

NBER Profile: Gary Richardson

Gary Richardson is a Research Associate in the NBER Programs on the Development of the American Economy and Monetary Economics, and a Professor of Economics at the University of California at Irvine. In addition, he serves as the official historian of the Federal Reserve System, and recommends policies regarding the preservation, organization, and dissemination of the historical records of the Federal Reserve.

Richardson received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1999. As an undergraduate, he studied political science and history at the University of Chicago and worked as a research assistant and writer at public-interest organizations in Washington, DC, before beginning graduate studies.

Richardson's research focuses on the history of the causes and consequences of financial crises, particularly those that occurred in the United States before and during the Great Depression. He also studies the impact of financial regulation on the performance of financial institutions. His current research examines the evolution of financial institutions, including regulatory agencies and the Federal Reserve.

Gary Richardson

NBER Profile: Jonathan Skinner

Jonathan Skinner is a Research Associate in the NBER's Programs on Health Care, Aging, and Public Economics. His is also James O. Freedman Presidential Professor in Economics at Dartmouth College and a professor at the Geisel School of Medicine's Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

Skinner's research interests include the economics of government transfer programs, technology growth and disparities in health care, and the savings behavior of aging baby boomers. He is an associate editor of the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, and a former editor of the Journal of Human Resources. In 2007 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Skinner received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from UCLA, and a B.A. in political science and economics from the University of Rochester. He has also taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Washington, Stanford University, and Harvard University.

Skinner lives with his wife, Martha, in Hanover, New Hampshire, where bears are occasional visitors to their backyard. He enjoys hiking, Nordic skiing, and sailing, particularly with family and coauthors.

Jonathan Skinner

NBER Profile: Paula E. Stephan

Paula Stephan is a Research Associate in the NBER’s Program on Labor Studies and a Professor of Economics at the Andrew Young School at Georgia State University. She received her BA degree in Economics from Grinnell College and her Ph.D. in Economics from The University of Michigan. She has held visiting positions at Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and the Department of Economics and Statistics "Cognetti de Martiis" at the University of Turin, and has been a Wertheim Fellow at Harvard University.

Stephan's research focuses on the economics of science and the careers of scientists and engineers. She is a member of the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science, and her book, How Economics Shapes Science, was published by Harvard University Press in 2012. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She was chosen as Science Careers' Person of the Year for 2012. She has served on the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council of the National Institutes of Health, and on numerous committees of the National Research Council.

Stephan lives in Atlanta with her husband Bill Amis; they enjoy spending time in Paris, where they have a small apartment, and in Turin, Italy.

Paula E. Stephan

NBER Profile: Luis M. Viceira

Luis M. Viceira is a Research Associate in the NBER's Program on Asset Pricing. He is also the George E. Bates Professor at the Harvard Business School, where he has been in the faculty since 1998. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. He is a director of the European Finance Association, a Research Fellow and member of the Scientific Council of Netspar, the Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging, and Retirement, a Fellow of the TIAA-CREF Institute, and a trustee of the Financial Accounting Foundation. Viceira is a financial economist interested in the study of asset allocation models, with an emphasis on models that explore the asset allocation implications of empirical regularities in asset pricing and on life-cycle investing, asset pricing, with an emphasis on models of the term structure of interest rates, household finance, and international finance. His research has been published in the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Review of Financial Studies, the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the Review of Finance, among others. He is also the author of the book Strategic Asset Allocation with John Y. Campbell. Viceira is also interested in the design of pension fund systems, the design of investment strategies for long-term investors, the management and organization of large institutional investors, and product innovation in the money management industry.

Viceira lives in Belmont MA with his wife Marta and his two children, Luis and Elena. He loves swimming, skiing, and reading history and fiction.

Luis M. Viceira
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