Rising Stars in Economics

Who are the rising stars in economics in the USA? In yesterday’s NY Times David Leonhardt
proposed a list of thirteen rising stars, 10 men and 3 women.

Leonhardt came up with the list by doing a very informal poll of about 20 senior economists at the conference of the American Economic Association in Chicago.

He asked: “Who are the young (untenured) economists doing work that is both highly respected among experts and relevant to the rest of us? Who, in other words, is the future of economics?

The informality of the poll may explain why apparently all the economists in the list are working on applied microeconomics. Nevertheless, it is interesting to see what topics these rising stars have researched.

Below is the list with the economists’ websites (the pointer was from ‘Greg Mankiws blog).

Ulrike Malmendier: http://www.econ.berkeley.edu/~ulrike/index.html

Stefano DellaVigna: http://elsa.berkeley.edu/~sdellavi/

Roland Fryer: http://www.economics.harvard.edu/faculty/fryer/fryer.html

Jesse Rothstein: http://www.princeton.edu/~jrothst/

Jesse Shapiro: http://home.uchicago.edu/~jmshapir/

Emily Oster: http://home.uchicago.edu/~eoster/

Amy Finkelstein: http://www.nber.org/~afinkels/

Benjamin Olken: http://www.nber.org/~bolken/

Raj Chetty: http://elsa.berkeley.edu/~chetty/

Justin Wolfers: http://bpp.wharton.upenn.edu/jwolfers/index.shtml

Xavier Gabiax: http://econ-www.mit.edu/faculty/index.htm?prof_id=xgabaix

Matthew Gentzkow: http://faculty.chicagogsb.edu/matthew.gentzkow/

Dean Karlan: http://www.econ.yale.edu/karlan/

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