News Archive: 2014

Nov 21, 2014
GU Econ PhD student Nisha Rai writes about maternal health in World Bank publication

GU Econ PhD student Nisha Rai recently posted an article in the World Bank’s Development Impact. The article discusses Rai’s PhD thesis research on the effect of birth attendants on maternal health in Kenya.

Oct 14, 2014
Razin Prize is awarded to GU Econ Phd student Jason Albert

The Graduate Committee is pleased to announce that Jason Albert is the winner of the eighteenth annual Razin Prize. Jason received the award for his main dissertation paper titled “Strategic Dynamics of Antibiotic Use and the Evolution of Antibiotic-Resistant Infections“. Established by the Razin family in 1997 to honor the memory of Ofair Razin (1966 – 1996; PhD, Georgetown University, 1996), the Razin Prize is awarded each year for the best dissertation paper produced by an advanced graduate student in Economics at GU.

Congratulations to Jason and his advisers Luca Anderlini, John Rust, and Roger Lagunoff.

The Razin Economic Policy Lecture and the award ceremony will take place in the Spring 2015. An announcement will follow closer to that time.

Jul 22, 2014
GU faculty welcome Mary Ann Bronson as newest departmental fellow

Georgetown Department of Economics welcome its newest member, Mary Ann Bronson who joins the department in the Fall of 2014. Bronson arrives from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received her PhD. Her most recent work explores the dynamics of gender differences in college attendance and choice of major. She constructs a dynamic structural model of marriage, educational choices, and lifetime labor supply to analyze the contribution of changes in wages and the marriage market to the observed educational investment patterns over time.

Apr 25, 2014
GU Econ PhD students Jacob Mortenson and Alison Weingarten share prestigious Jordan Award

For the third straight year, The Economic Club of Washington presents its prestigious Vernon E. Jordan Jr Fellowship Award to a GU Economics PhD student. In this case, there are two: This year’s Jordan Fellowship award was shared by Jacob Mortenson and Alison Weingarten. Jacob and Alison follow past GU Econ recipients, Claire Brunel and Mauricio Villamizar as Jordan Fellowship recipients. As this year’s winners, Jacob and Alison will present their research findings to The Economic Club of Washington in the Spring of 2014.

Apr 10, 2014
Jun Ma, PhD ’94, is the new chief economist of the People’s Bank of China.

Jun Ma will join the People’s Bank of China as chief economist in its research bureau. Previously, he was Deutsche Bank AG’s chief China economist. Ma holds a PhD in Economics from Georgetown University.

Apr 2, 2014
The 13th Annual Carroll Round is set to take place on April 10-13, 2014 at Georgetown University

 The Carroll Round Steering Committee cordially invites you to save the dates for the 13th Annual Carroll Round at Georgetown University. This year, the international economics conference will be April 10-13, 2014 with presentation sessions and speakers on that Friday and Saturday.

A formal RSVP invitation will follow in the coming weeks with details.

For more information on Carroll Round events, please visit our website at

Apr 1, 2014
Seventeenth Annual Razin Prize.

The Graduate Committee is pleased to announce that James O’Brien has won the seventeenth annual competition for the Razin Prize, for his paper “Essays in Environmental and Development Economics.” Congratulations to James and his dissertation advisor Arik Levinson.

The award ceremony will be held on April 7th 2014, and will coincide with the annual Razin Lecture in Economic Policy by Assaf Razin (Cornell).

Apr 1, 2014
Professor Assaf Razin to deliver Razin Policy Lecture in April

GCER is pleased to announce that Assaf Razin, The Friedman Professor of International Economics at Cornell University will present the 2014 Razin Policy Lecture at Georgetown University. This year’s Razin Lecture will take place on Monday, April 7, 2014 from 4:00 – 6pm at the ICC auditorium.

Assaf Razin is a renowned economist whose work spans a wide range of issues and problems. Professor Razin is father of the late Ofair Razin in whose honor the Lecture is named. The Razin Lecture is to be accompanied by the awarding of the Razin Prize for best research paper by an advanced graduate student. Click here for more on the Razin Prize and Policy Lecture, its background, and history.