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Congratulations to the following Economics faculty for their accomplishments this year.

Margaret (Maggie) Jones Named to Editorial Board at Explorations in Economic History

Margaret (Maggie) JonesCongratulations to Assistant Professor, Margaret (Maggie) Jones, on her appointment to the editorial board at Explorations in Economic History.



Pedro Sant'Anna Named Among Top-40 Econometricians at RePEc and Appointed Associate Editor of the Journal of Econometrics

Pedro Sant'AnnaCongratulations to Associate Professor, Pedro Sant'Anna, for making it to the top-40 econometricians at RePEc and being appointed as new Associate Editor of the Journal of Econometrics.


Kyungmin (Teddy) Kim Invited to Serve as Associate Editor for the RAND Journal of Economics

Teddy KimCongratulations to Associate Professor, Kyungmin (Teddy) Kim, for being invited to serve as an associate editor for the RAND Journal of Economics

The purpose of the RAND Journal of Economics, formerly the Bell Journal of Economics, is to support and encourage research in the behavior of regulated industries, the economic analysis of organizations, and more generally, applied microeconomics. Both theoretical and empirical manuscripts in economics and law are encouraged.

Esfandiar Maasoumi Awarded Outstanding Author Contribution in the 2023 Emerald Literati Awards 

Esfandiar MaasoumiCongratulations to Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor, Esfandiar Maasoumi,  on his Outstanding Author Contribution in the 2023 Emerald Literati Awards for his chapter, “Women's Potential Earnings Distributions,” in Advances in Econometrics. This paper is joint with Le Wang.


Department of Economics Leadership Appointments for AY2023-24

The Department of Economics announces the following leadership appointments for AY2023-24. A complete list of department leadership can be found here

Hugo MialonDepartment Vice Chair

Hugo Mialon, Professor

Kaiji ChenInterim Director of Undergraduate Studies

Kaiji Chen, Associate Professor 



Sara MarkowitzDirector of the 4+1 BA/MS Program 

Sara Markowitz, Winship Distinguished Research Professor of Economics 



Hashem Dezhbakhsh Recognized as 'Chair of the Decade' by Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Hashem Dezhbakhsh

Our department is thrilled to share that Goodrich C. White Professor Hashem Dezhbakhsh, current chair of the Department of Economics, has been recognized as the 'Chair of the Decade' by the Emory College of Arts and Sciences. This achievement recognizes his outstanding leadership and contributions to the department over the past ten years.
As the chair of the department since Fall 2014, Hashem has demonstrated a deep commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and service. He has led the department with a steady hand, fostering an environment of intellectual curiosity, creativity, and collaboration.
Under his leadership, the department has achieved numerous milestones and accolades, including launching our new 4+1 program, various joint majors across campus, attracting and retaining top-notch faculty and graduate students, and securing significant support from Emory University for our research and outreach activities. Department of Economics major in Economics is one of the largest in the Emory College of Arts & Sciences because of his constant support and steady stewardship.
Congratulations to Dr. Dezhbakhsh on this well-deserved recognition! 

Economics Faculty Elected to Emory College Senate and Standing Committees

Congratulations to the following Economics faculty who were elected to Emory College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Senate and standing committees in 2023. 

Emory College Senate and Committees


Esfandiar Maasoumi Elected President of the International Iranian Economic Association

Esfandiar MaasoumiCongratulations to Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor, Esfandiar Maasoumi, for being elected President of the International Iranian Economic Association (IIEA), 2023-25. 

IIEA was founded in December 2011 and has since been active in promoting academic research on Iran’s economy. Supported by 25 internationally renowned ‘Founding Members', the IIEA is dedicated to encouraging high quality research on the Iranian economy and in 2016 had about 160 members worldwide.

David Jacho-Chavez Awarded Outstanding Director of Graduate Studies by the Laney Graduate School

David Jacho-Chavez

We are thrilled to announce that our Director of Graduate Studies (DGS), Professor David Jacho-Chavez, has been awarded the 2023 Laney Graduate School's Outstanding Director of Graduate Studies Award. This prestigious award recognizes a Director of Graduate Studies or Program Director who provides exceptional leadership for graduate programs and their students. The award was presented at the Second Annual Dean's Address and Awards Ceremony held on May 2, 2023. 

Professor Jacho has transformed our graduate program since starting his tenure as DGS last June 2021. Under his leadership, our graduate program has seen significant improvements in recruitment, procedural matters, and faculty and staff engagement.

What truly sets Professor Jacho apart is his unwavering commitment to student development. He provides students with constructive feedback and thoughtful guidance in dealing with academic challenges, defining professional goals, and accessing relevant resources. He also helps students develop a sense of voice, agency, and community within their academic program and their disciplinary field.

Stephen O'Connell's Research Included in the 2023 Economic Report of the President

Stephen O'Connell

In March 2023, the Council of Economic Advisers for the Biden-Harris Administration released the 2023 Economic Report of the President, which includes the Annual Report of the Council of Economic Advisers. The nine-chapter report looks at a number of issue areas, including: the nation’s economic situation in the past year, the international economy, the labor market, the child care market, higher education quality, the digital economy, digital assets, and climate adaptation.

Congratulations to Associate Professor, Stephen O’Connell, whose research was cited in the 2023 Economic Report of the President. We're delighted to see our faculty having an impact at such high levels of policy discussions!