NBER Reporter: Winter 2004 Profiles

NBER Profile: Richard B. Berner

Richard B. Berner, a Managing Director and Chief U.S. Economist at Morgan Stanley, represents the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) on the NBER's Board of Directors. He is a Past President and a Fellow of NABE, as well as a winner of their forecasting award.

Berner received his bachelor's degree from Harvard College and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining Morgan Stanley in 1999, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Economist at Mellon Bank, and a member of Mellon's Senior Management Committee. Prior to that, he served as a Principal and Senior Economist for Morgan Stanley, as a Director and Senior Economist for Salomon Brothers, as Economist for Morgan Guaranty Trust Company, and as Director of the Washington office of Wharton Econometrics. He also served for seven years on the research staff of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

Berner is a member of the Economic Advisory Panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and of the Advisory Committee of the Bureau of Economic Analysis. He lives in Rye, New York, with his wife Bonnie. They have two children, Matt and Laura, who are respectively a junior and a freshman at Princeton University. In his free time, he enjoys golf and aspires to a single-digit handicap.


NBER Profile: Jessica P. Einhorn

Jessica P. Einhorn, Dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University, is NBER's newest Director-at Large. She holds a B.A. from Barnard College, an M.A. in international affairs from SAIS, and a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University.

Einhorn became Dean of SAIS on June 1, 2002. Before that she spent nearly 20 years at the World Bank, as vice president and treasurer from 1992-6, and as managing director from 1996-8. After she left the World Bank, she was a consultant in the Washington Office of Clark & Weinstock, a firm specializing in strategic communication and public affairs consulting. She has also held positions at the IMF, the U.S. Treasury, the State Department, and the International Development Cooperation Agency of the United States.

Currently, she serves as a trustee for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and as a director of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Institute for International Economics, and the Center for Global Development. She also is a member of the board of directors of Pitney Bowes Inc., and chair of the global advisory board of J.E. Robert Cos. She is a member of the executive committee of the Trilateral Commission and a former trustee of the German Marshall Fund.

Einhorn lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Robert Einhorn, former Assistant Secretary of State for non-proliferation and presently Senior Advisor in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). They enjoy hiking and skiing with their extended family, and often travel together for both work and recreation.


NBER Profile: Robert Kaestner

Robert Kaestner, who has been affiliated with the NBER since 1990, is a Research Associate in the NBER's Programs on Health Economics and The Well-being of Children. He is also a professor in the Institute of Government and Public Affairs and the department of economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

Kaestner received his Ph.D. in economics from the City University of New York. Prior to joining the UIC faculty, he was a professor at Baruch College of the City University of New York. His current research interests include the effect of nurse staffing levels on hospital patient outcomes and the effect of Title IX (Education Amendments of 1972) on women's health.

Kaestner lives in Chicago with his wife, Caren Rawlins, and their baby daughter, Alessandra. He is enjoying being a new father and, when he isn't working or watching the baby, he likes to go to the theater and to play basketball. He misses New York.


NBER Profile: Henry Saffer

Henry Saffer is a Research Associate in the NBER's Program on Health Economics and a professor of economics at Kean University (Union, New Jersey). He received his Ph. D. in economics from the City University of New York.

From 1979 to 1985, Saffer was an assistant professor of economics at Rutgers University. He joined Kean University's economics department in 1985 as an associate professor and was promoted to full professor there in 1992. He is also an adjunct professor of economics at the City University of New York's Graduate Center.

Saffer's research, particularly on the relationships between alcohol and tobacco advertising, substance abuse, and traffic fatalities, has been published in a number of professional journals and has been cited widely in the press. He has also served as a consultant to the U.S. Justice Department's Tobacco Litigation Team (2001-3) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Advisory Council Subcommittee on College Drinking (1999-2000).

Saffer lives in New York City with his two daughters, Beth and Maddy, and enjoys summers at the beach.

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