NBER Profile: Viral Acharya
Viral Acharya is a Research Associate in the NBER's Program on Corporate Finance and the C.V. Starr Professor of Economics in the Department of Finance at New York University's Stern School of Business.
He received his Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, in 1995 and his Ph.D. in Finance from NYU-Stern in 2001. He was a Professor of Finance at the London Business School from 2001-8 prior to joining the Stern faculty.
Acharya's primary research interest is analysis of systemic risk in the financial sector. This involves several topics, including credit risk and liquidity risk, their interactions and agency-theoretic foundations, and their consequences for general equilibrium.
In 2011 Acharya received the inaugural Banque de France Toulouse School of Economics Junior Prize in Monetary Economics and Finance. He is also one of four co-authors of Guaranteed to Fail: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Debacle of Mortgage Finance, which was published by Princeton University Press in March 2011.
Acharya lives in New York with his wife, Manjiree, and son, Siddhant. His hobbies include singing and composing semi-classical Indian music, running, and cricket. He has raised funds in the United States and the United Kingdom over a period of ten years for providing education to under-privileged children in India.
NBER Profile: Leah Platt Boustan
Leah Platt Boustan is a Research Associate in the NBER's Programs on the Development of the American Economy and Education. She is also an associate professor of Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her academic interests lie at the intersection between economic history, labor economics, and urban economics. Her research focuses on the Great Black Migration from the rural south during and after World War II, and the mass migration from Europe to the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Boustan received her A.B. in Economics from Princeton University in 2000 and her Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 2006. She joined the UCLA economics department in 2006 as an assistant professor and was promoted to her current position in 2012. She is also a Research Associate at the California Center for Population Research.
Boustan currently holds an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. In the 2013-14 academic year, she will be a Straus Fellow at the New York University School of Law on the theme of "Racial, Ethnic and Economic Segregation."
Boustan lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Ra'anan. Over the past few years, she has been practicing blues lead guitar on her Gibson Les Paul. She also enjoys going to hear live music of all genres and singing karaoke.
NBER Profile: David Card
David Card directs the NBER's Program on Labor Studies and is the Class of 1950 Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his BA in economics from Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario) in 1978 and his PhD in economics from Princeton University in 1983. He taught at Princeton University from 1983 to 1996, and has held visiting appointments at Columbia and Harvard Universities and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.
His current research interests include wage inequality, immigration, education, and the evaluation of social programs. He has also worked on minimum wages, labor supply, unemployment, and the effects of trade unions. He has co-edited two NBER volumes focused on comparative labor market institutions, and was the co-editor of volumes 2-4 of the Handbook of Labor Economics.
In 1992 Card was elected a fellow of the Econometric Society, and in 1998 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1995 he received the American Economic Association's John Bates Clark Prize, which is awarded to the economist under age 40 whose work is judged to have made the most significant contribution to the field. He was a co-recipient of the IZA Labor Economics Award in 2006, and was awarded the Frisch Medal by the Econometric Society in 2007.
Card lives in Berkeley and Sonoma County with his wife, Cindy. His hobbies include antique tractors and furniture making.
NBER Profile: Eswar Prasad
Eswar Prasad is a Research Associate in the NBER's International Finance and Macroeconomics Program and the Tolani Senior Professor of Trade Policy and Professor at Economics at Cornell University. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he holds the New Century Chair in International Economics.
Prasad received a B.A. from the University of Madras (India), an M.A. from Brown University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He is the author or editor of several monographs and books on financial regulation, China, and India. His research interests include international finance, business cycles, monetary policy, and emerging market economies.
Prasad and his wife Basia have two daughters, Berenika and Yuvika.
NBER Profile: Wolfram Schlenker
Wolfram Schlenker is a Research Associate in the NBER's Program on Environmental and Energy Economics. He has been on the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, Columbia University, and the University of California, San Diego. He was also a visiting scholar at Stanford University, a Visiting Researcher at Princeton University, and a Gilbert White Fellow at Resources for the Future.
Schlenker received his B.S. in Engineering and Management Science from the University of Karlsruhe (Germany) in 1995, his Master of Environmental Management at Duke University in 1998, and his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Berkeley in 2003.
He grew up in Stuttgart (Germany) and now lives in Oakland, CA with his wife, Sophie, and their two-month old daughter, Maya. In his free time, he likes to run, hike, and attend performing art events.