The Economics Department

The Department of Economics Welcomes Six New Faculty

Thu, August 31, 2017
The Department of Economics Welcomes Six New Faculty
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As part of its continuing growth, the Economics department is welcoming six new faculty members to campus this fall.  The new faculty additions are, in alphabetical order, as follows:

Daniel Ackerberg (full professor; PhD Yale, 1997) specializes in the areas of industrial organization amd econometrics, and he is well-known for his work on estimation of production functions.  Prior to his appointment at UT-Austin, Dr. Ackerberg was the Kempf Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan and also held tenured positions at UCLA and the University of Arizona.  This fall, Dr. Ackerberg will be teaching a doctoral course entitled Structural Econometrics.

Manuela Angelucci (associate professor; PhD UCL, 2005) is a development economist whose research that focuses on the behavior of the poor in the presence of financial market imperfections.  She is an expert in the area of social interactions and spillover effects.  Dr. Angelucci has a series of papers looking at the network of extended families within Mexico and its role as a resource-pooling mechanism that provides insurance and capital to its members.  Previously, she held positions at the University of Michigan and the University of Arizona.  This fall, Dr. Angelucci will be teaching an undergraduate course (Migration Economics and Policy) that is new to the curriculum and a doctoral course in development economics.

Jorge Balat (assistant professor; PhD Yale, 2012) is an industrial organization economist, joining the department after spending five years at Johns Hopkins University as an assistant professor.  He is an expert within the area of auctions (and estimation of auction models), but he also has research on both the electricity and pharmaceutical industries.  This fall, Dr. Balat will be teaching a new undergraduate course (The Economics of Auctions) for advanced students.

Christoph Boehm (assistant professor; PhD Michigan, 2016) joins the department as an assistant professor after a one-year postdoc at Princeton University.  His research interests are in the areas of macroeconomics and international economics.  Some of his research has considered unique aspects associated with durable goods in the context of fiscal and monetary policy.  This fall, Dr. Boehm will be teaching intermediate macroeconomics for undergraduates and advanced macroeconomics for doctoral students.

Nitya Pandalai-Nayar (assistant professor; PhD Michigan, 2016) is an international trade economist.  She joins the department as an assistant professor after a one-year postdoc at Princeton University.  Some of her recent research has focused on multinationals on their relationship to the recent declines in U.S. manufacturing.  In the spring, Dr. Pandalai-Nayar will be teaching international trade courses at both the undergraduate and doctoral levels.

Vasiliki Skreta (full professor; PhD Pittsburgh, 2001) is a microeconomic theorist, who most recently was a Professor at University College London and previously held positions at NYU Stern, UCLA, and the University of Minnesota.  Much of Dr. Skreta’s important research has been within the area of mechanism design, specifically focused on situations where there is “limited commitment.”  She is the principal investigator on a prestigious five-year ERC (European Research Council) Consolidator Grant.  This fall, Dr. Skreta is teaching a new doctoral course entitled Mechanism and Information Design.

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