Guest Speaker Candidates

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Guest Speaker Candidates

Economics can span over an immense amount of topics wihtin the field. We have narrowed these topics and professionals to those who focus on the macroeconomics of technology at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University for the purpose of a public speaker candidate. We have provided our methodology for finding these professionals, their contact information, their institution of employment and a brief overview of their work and focus.

Methodology

To narrow down the candidates that have potential to be a guest speaker for a board meeting with focuses in technology and macroeconomics, we researched the profiles and CVs of professors at The University of Chicago and Northwestern. All candidates have researched technologies with a particular focus in macroeconomics. We have compiled a list of potential candidates, their contact information and a brief overview of their specific work. Please note some professors are teaching at the school of business at their institution, but have extensive backgrounds in economics.

Ufuk Akcigt

Contact information: uakcigit@uchicago.edu or 773-702-0433
Institution of employment: University of Chicago
Work/Focus: Ufuk Akcigt's research interests include "Macroeconomics, Economic Growth, Firm Dynamics, Innovation, Entrepreneurship (Research)." In his research statement, he states "technological progress and innovation are the central determinants of economic growth. As a macroeconomist, the main focus of my research has been to understand the exact links between innovation and economic growth and to study the optimal policies to bolster them (Research_Statement)." He is an assistant professor of economics at the University of Chicago.

Martí Mestieri

Institution of employment: Northwestern University
Work/Focus: Martí Mestieri attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is now an assistant professor at Northwestern University for the department of economics. His "research focuses on international trade and economic growth. His research analyzes how technology adoption, human capital acquisition and different trade regimes affect economic growth and income inequality across and within countries (Martí Mestieri)."

Joel Mokyr

Contact information: j-mokyr@northwestern.edu or 847-491-5693
Institution of employment: Northwestern University
Work/Focus: Joel Mokyr attended Yale University and is a professor at the Northwestern Universities department of economics. His research is currently focused on technological progress in Europe. His personal website states that this research is based in an "understanding of the economic and intellectual roots of technological progress and the growth of useful knowledge in European societies, as well as the impact that industrialization and economic progress have had on economic welfare (Bio and CV)."

Christopher Udry

Institution of employment: Northwestern University
Work/Focus: Christopher Udry attended Yale University and is now a professor in the economics department at Northwester University. He is a development economist and researches rural economic activity primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa. "His current research examines technological change, risk and financial markets, gender and households, property rights, psychological well-being and economic decision-making and a variety of other aspects of rural economic organization (Christopher Udry)."

Bryony Reich

Institution of employment: Northwestern University
Work/Focus: Bryony Reich is an assistant professor of strategy at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She researches the economics of technology through social structures. Her "research interests are in microeconomic theory, networks, and political economy. Her work focuses on understanding how social networks and social structure influence economic outcomes and behavior. Current work examines the impact of social networks on the diffusion of new technologies and innovations (Bryony Reich)."

Daniel Spulber

Contact information: jems@kellogg.northwestern.edu or 847-491-8675
Institution of employment: Northwestern University
Work/Focus: Daniel Spulber received his Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from Northwestern University and his B.A. in economics from the University of Michigan. He is a professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and also teaches law at the Northwestern University Law School. He is a highly respected public speaker and has spoken at events sponsored by "Oracle, Qualcomm, The Kauffman Foundation, The Technology Policy Institute, and The Global Competition Review (Daniel Spulber)". His research focuses in areas of "Innovation, International Economics, Industrial Organization, Microeconomic Theory, Management Strategy, and Law (Daniel Spulber)."

Randal Picker

Contact information: rpicker@chicagobooth.edu
Institution of employment: The University of Chicago
Work/Focus: Randal Picker received his Bachelors degree, Master’s degree and Ph.D. coursework in economics at the University of Chicago, and later moved onto completing law school at the institution. He "studies antitrust and copyright issues in high-technology industries(Randal C Picker)." He teaches a course called "The Law and Economics of Media Platforms (Randal C Picker)" at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Thomas Covert

Institution of employment: The University of Chicago
Work/Focus: Thomas Covert attended Harvard University, where he obtained his Ph.D. in business economics. He researches and studies "industrial organization, energy economics, finance, and applied econometrics (Thomas Covert)."

Nancy Stokey

Contact information: nstokey@uchicago.edu or 773-702-0915 or 773-477-9640
Institution of employment: The University of Chicago
Work/Focus: Nancy Stokey as a professor at the University of Chicago Department of Economics. Her current research papers are as follows: “Technology, Skill, and Long Run Growth,” “Technology, Skill, and the Wage Structure,” and “The Race between Technology and Human Capital.” She teaches a required Research Seminar and the Theory of Income at the institution.

conclusion

In our research, we have found that Martí Mestieri, Joel Mokyr, Christopher Udry, Bryony Reich and Daniel Spulber are all economists that research the macroeconomics of technology at Northwestern University. We have also found Ufuk Akcigt, Randal Picker, Thomas Covert and Nancy Stokey are economists that focus on macroeconomics of technology at The University of Chicago. We have provided the necessary contact information as well as a brief and informative understanding about their research, teachings and focus within the field of economics.
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