News Archive: 2017

September 13, 2017
GCER Fellow Toshihiko Mukoyama receives the 2018 Nakahara Prize


We are pleased to announce that one of our own, GCER Fellow Toshihiko Mukoyama, has been awarded the prestigious Nakahara Prize for 2018. The Nakahara prize is awarded annually by the Japanese Economic Association to the best Japanese economist under the age of 45.

Professor Mukoyama received the prize for his research on aggregate risks in labor markets. Incorporating frictions in both labor and asset markets, his model is able to disentangle labor market reactions in response to policy changes from individuals’ incentives to self-insure. The innovative methods developed by Professor Mukoyama can be used to evaluate more effectively the welfare consequences of unemployment insurance and other labor market policies. 

You can find more information about the Nakahara Prize and the list of past recipients. 

Congratulations, Toshi! 

September 6, 2017
Former PhD student Kamila Sommer’s forthcoming paper in AER


Kamila Sommer, a recent graduate of the Georgetown Department of Economics has a forthcoming paper in the American Economic Review. The paper, “Implications of US Tax Policy for House Prices, Rents, and Homeownership” challenges the widely-held view that repealing the preferential tax treatment of mortgages would depress home-ownership. The paper was jointly authored with Paul Sullivan of American University.

July 31, 2017
​Professor Jonathan Gruber to deliver the 2018 Razin Lecture


Jonathan Gruber, the Ford Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will deliver the 2018 Razin Policy Lecture. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Copley Formal Lounge on Georgetown University’s campus. A reception will follow.

Dr. Gruber is an expert on the economics of health care and public policy. He is currently the Director of the Health Care Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and President of the American Society of Health Economists. He was a key architect of Massachusetts’ ambitious health insurance reform.

Dr. Gruber has authored more than 160 research articles, a leading college textbook (Public Finance and Public Policy), and a graphic novel about health care reform. Slate Magazine named Dr. Gruber “one of the Top 25 Most Innovative and Practical Thinkers of Our Time.”  Modern Healthcare magazine twice rated him “one of the top 100 most powerful people in health care in the United States.” And in 2006, Dr. Gruber received the American Society of Health Economists Inaugural Medal for the best health economist in the nation under age 40. 

He is a frequent contributor to the NY Times, Fortune, the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post. His most recent article, “Trump Says Obamacare is broken. He’s the one who broke it,” was published in the Washington Post on May 6, 2017.

You can view a short biographical statement and links to Dr. Gruber’s website.   

The Razin Lecture is to be accompanied by the awarding of the Razin Prize for best research paper by an advanced graduate student. View more on the Razin Prize and Policy Lecture, its background, and history.