NBER Reporter: 2009 Number 2 Profiles

Anne C. Case     Joseph Gyourko     Annamaria Lusardi     Christina H. Paxson     Richard Rogerson    

NBER Profile: Anne C. Case

Anne C. Case is a Research Associate in the NBER’s Programs on Children, Education, Aging, and Public Economics. She is also the Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, where she is the Director of the Research Program in Development Studies.

Case is currently a member of the executive committee of the American Economic Association; the Economic Reference Group for UNAIDS; and the research committee of the World Bank. She is an affiliate of the South African Labour Development Research Unit at the University of Cape Town and of the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies in South Africa. She has published extensively in the fields of development, health, political economy and labor economics.

Case received a B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany, an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School and a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University. Her recent work examines the effects of HIV and AIDS on health service delivery in Africa; the impact of orphanhood on educational attainment; social determinants of childhood health; and the impact of early life health and nutrition on health and cognitive function over the life course.

When she’s not working, she and her husband (NBER Research Associate Angus Deaton) enjoy cooking with friends, and bragging about their grandchildren.

Anne C. Case

NBER Profile: Joseph Gyourko

Joseph Gyourko is an NBER Research Associate in the Program on Public Economics and the Martin Bucksbaum Professor of Real Estate and Finance at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also serves as Director of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at Wharton and is Chair of the Real Estate Department.

Gyourko received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. He has been on the Wharton faculty since 1984, and became affiliated with the NBER in 2006. His research interests include real estate finance and investments, urban economics, and housing markets.

Gyourko serves on various journal editorial boards, and helps to coordinate the Economics of Real Estate & Local Public Finance seminar at the NBER’s Summer Institute. He is looking forward to helping to coordinate a new NBER research effort on housing markets and the financial crisis.

Gyourko is married and has two children. In his spare time, he is a Phillies fan.

Joseph Gyourko

NBER Profile: Annamaria Lusardi

Annamaria Lusardi is a professor of economics at Dartmouth College and a Research Associate in the NBER’s Program on the Economics of Aging. She has taught at Dartmouth College, Princeton University, the University of Chicago Public Policy School, and the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. From January until June 2008, she was a visiting scholar at the Harvard Business School.

Lusardi holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Princeton University and a B.A. in Economics from Bocconi University, Milan, Italy. Her main areas of research are saving, Social Security and pensions, financial literacy and financial education, and entrepreneurship. Her book, Overcoming The Saving Slump: How To Increase The Effectiveness Of Financial Education And Saving Programs, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2008.

She has also won numerous research awards. Among them is a research fellowship from the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago, a faculty fellowship from the John. M. Olin Foundation, and a junior and senior faculty fellowship from Dartmouth College. Together with Olivia Mitchell, she is the recipient of the Fidelity Pyramid Prize, awarded to authors of published applied research that best helps address the goal of improving lifelong financial well-being for Americans.

In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, going to the Metropolitan Opera, and traveling to Italy as often as possible.

Annamaria Lusardi

NBER Profile: Christina H. Paxson

Christina H. Paxson is a Research Associate in the NBER’s Programs on Aging, Children, Healthcare, and Education. She is also the Hughes-Rogers Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University.

Paxson is the founding director of the Center for Health and Wellbeing, an interdisciplinary health research center in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She is also a Senior Editor of The Future of Children, and a Research Associate of Princeton’s Office of Population Research. She is the director of Princeton’s Health Grand Challenges program, and the principal investigator for Princeton’s NIH-funded Center for the Demography of Aging.

Paxson’s research interests are in the areas of applied economics, health, and development economics. Her current research focuses on economic status and health outcomes over the life course in both developed and developing countries. She has investigated the effects of early life environments on children’s cognitive development in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Ecuador, as well as the long-run effects of early life health problems on economic status in adulthood.

Paxson received her B.A. from Swarthmore College, and her Masters’ and Ph.D. from Columbia University. She has spent her entire professional career at Princeton, except for a visiting professorship at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, in 1999.

Paxson has two children: a 12-year-old son, and another son who is a junior at Swarthmore College. She is married to Ari Gabinet, an attorney with Vanguard.

Christina H. Paxson

NBER Profile: Richard Rogerson

Richard Rogerson is a Research Associate in the NBER’s Program on Economic Fluctuations and Growth and a Professor of Economics at Arizona State University. He received his B.Sc. at the University of Alberta in 1979 and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Minnesota in 1984.

Rogerson began his academic career at the University of Rochester, and prior to moving to ASU in 2001 held positions at New York University, Stanford University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Pennsylvania. His areas of specialization are labor economics and macroeconomics. His current research focuses on issues related to labor supply, with a particular emphasis on the effects of tax and transfer programs, as well as development. He has recently completed two terms as co-editor of the American Economic Review and is currently an Associate Editor of the Review of Economic Dynamics and a member of the Board of Editors for the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics.

Rogerson lives in Fountain Hills, AZ with his wife Ninette Hupp, and their three “kids”—two beagles (Shadow and Zeke) and a calico cat (Zuzu). When not working, he enjoys both travelling with his wife and spending time at home with his wife and kids.

Richard Rogerson

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