NBER Reporter: 2008 Number 4 Profiles
NBER Profile: Nick Bloom
Nick Bloom is a Research Associate in the NBER Programs on Economic Fluctuations and Growth, Monetary Economics, and Productivity. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Stanford University and an Associate of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics.
Bloom received a B.A. from Cambridge University in 1994, an M.Phil. from Oxford University in 1996, and a Ph.D. from University College London in 2001. He worked at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (a public-economics think-tank in London) from 1996-2001, HM Treasury (the U.K. Finance Ministry) from 2001-2, McKinsey & Company (the management consultants) from 2002-3, and at the Centre for Economic Performance from 2003-6. His work focuses on firms and productivity, with three particular areas of interest: the effects of uncertainty on economic activity; the causes and consequences of good management; and innovation and technical change.
Nick lives with his wife, Claire, in Palo Alto, along with their two children, Amelia (5) and Alex (3). He enjoys spending his time trying to impress friends and family with his excellent British cooking and wine cellar of classic British vintages.
NBER Profile: Christian Broda
Christian Broda is an NBER Faculty Research Fellow and a Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 1997 from Universidad de San Andres in Argentina. Four years later, he received his PhD from MIT. Prior to joining Chicago's Business School faculty in 2005, Broda worked in the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Broda studies issues related to international finance and trade, and the impact of exchange rates on asset prices and financial contracts. He has written for publications ranging from the American Economic Review and Quarterly Journal of Economics to the Financial Times and New York Times. He also serves as associate editor of the Journal of Development Economics and as a panel member of Latin America's Economia journal.
When he's not doing research or teaching, Broda enjoys horse racing, cooking, and playing soccer, especially when followed by an Argentine-style asado.
NBER Profile: Charles W. Calomiris
Charles W. Calomiris is a Research Associate in the NBER's Program on the Development of the American Economy and the Henry Kaufman Professor of Financial Institutions at the Columbia University's Graduate School of Business. He is also a Professor at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs.
In 1995, Calomiris was named a University Scholar at the University of Illinois, where he served as Associate Professor of Finance and Co-Director of the Office for Banking Research. He also has been a visiting faculty member at Stanford University's economics department and at the finance department of the Wharton School of Finance.
Calomiris received a B.A. in economics from Yale University in 1979 and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University in 1985. Currently, he teaches courses on corporate finance, emerging financial markets, corporate governance, and international banking at the MBA and Ph.D. levels at Columbia. His research spans several areas, including banking, corporate finance, financial history, and monetary economics.
In 1999 and 2000, Calomiris served on the International Financial Institution Advisory Commission, a Congressional commission to advise the U.S. government on the reform of the IMF, the World Bank, the regional development banks, and the WTO. He is now a member of the Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee and the Financial Economists Roundtable, and was a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He also has served as a consultant or visiting scholar for the Federal Reserve Banks of New York, Chicago, Cleveland, St. Louis, and Philadelphia, the Federal Reserve Board, the World Bank, and the governments of Mexico, Argentina, Japan, China, Colombia, and El Salvador, the Attorneys General of Connecticut and Massachusetts, and numerous private sector clients. Calomiris is the recipient of research grants or awards from the National Science Foundation, the World Bank, the Japanese Government, and others.
Calomiris and his wife, Nancy Wolf Calomiris, have two daughters: Zoi Nicoletta, 18, and Eleni Sophia, 17. In his limited free time, Calomiris performs modern Greek music and ancient Byzantine chants.
NBER Profile: John A. List
John A. List is a Research Associate in the NBER's Program on Public Economics and a Professor in Economics and the College and Co-Director of Graduate Admissions at the University of Chicago. He received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1993 and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wyoming in 1996. He has also taught at the University of Central Florida, the University of Arizona, and the University of Maryland.
From May 2002 to July 2003, List served as Senior Economist for Environmental and Resource Economics at the President's Council of Economic Advisers in Washington. His primary work focused on multinational market institutions to address climate change, the Clear Skies Act, revising the Office of Management and Budget benefit cost guidelines, and the softwood lumber trade dispute between the United States and Canada.
List's current research emphasizes the use of experimental methods to address both positive and normative issues. Much of his time has been spent using field experiments to explore economic aspects of environmental regulations, incentives, preferences, values, and institutions.
List is Associate Editor of the American Economic Review and theJournal of Economic Literature. He also serves on several journal Editorial Boards, is a co-editor of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and is on the EPA Science Advisory Board.
List is married and has five children: Annika, twins Eli and Noah, Greta, and Mason. In his spare time he enjoys taking his kids to sports card shows, where he also executes field experiments, and traveling with his family. His wife, Jennifer List, recently started Seven Smooches, a company that designs and makes children's clothing.
NBER Profile: John Van Reenen
John Van Reenen has been a Research Associate in the NBER's Program on Labor Studies since 2006. He has also been Director of the Centre for Economic Performance and a professor in the Department of Economics at the London School of Economics (LSE) since 2003. He is currently the Denning Visiting Professor at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Van Reenen received his B.A. from Cambridge University (UK) in 1988, his M.Sc. from the LSE, and his Ph.D. from University College London in 1993. From 1998-9, he was a Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. From 1994-2003, he was a Professor of Economics at University College London. Between 1999 and 2002, Van Reenen was a senior advisor to the UK Secretary of State for Health and Prime Minister.
Van Reenen's work focuses on the causes and consequences of innovation on economic performance, with a particular emphasis on growth and the labor market. His research covers wage inequality, econometrics, many areas of public policy, and the industrial organization of high tech industries. Recently, he has been working on the economics of organization and management.
Van Reenen, his wife Sarah Chambers (an interior designer), and their daughter Charlotte (1) live in San Francisco. Apart from "messing around with Charlotte", his favorite pastimes are politics, music, poetry, and reading novels and comic books.
NBER Profile: David E. Weinstein
David E. Weinstein is an NBER Research Associate, Director of the NBER's Japan Project, and the Carl S. Shoup Professor of the Japanese Economy at Columbia University. He is also the Associate Director of Research at the Center for Japanese Economy and Business at Columbia, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Previously, Weinstein was a Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and a consultant for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Prior to joining the Columbia faculty, he was the Sanford R. Robertson Associate Professor of Business Administration at the University of Michigan's School of Business Administration and an Associate Professor of economics at Harvard University. He also served on the Council of Economic Advisors from 1989 to 1990.
Weinstein's teaching and research interests include international economics, macroeconomics, corporate finance, the Japanese economy, and industrial policy. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan and his B.A. at Yale University. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including four National Science Foundation grants, an Abe Fellowship, and a Japan Foundation Fellowship.
Weinstein lives with his family in Manhattan. When not traveling to Asia, they enjoy bicycling, tennis, theater, fine dining, and the "gains from variety that New York has to offer."