Message from the Executive Director
Founded in 2003, the Program for Economic Research (PER) Columbia University funds research to address the economic challenges, trends, and policies affecting people around the world. Through the years, our mission of service remains that of supporting research activities at the highest possible level, disseminating new results, and to informing our global understanding of economic issues.
PER’s diverse portfolio of academic programs and initiatives combines theory with practical application, emphasizing open access and active learning. With scholars across every economic discipline, our affiliated researchers study a wide range of topics and they employ many different methods in their work. Key focus areas include developing innovative statistical measurements, estimating quantitative models of economic behavior, and analyzing the effects of public policies at home and abroad.
The visitors who come to PER as scholars and speakers are a vital part of our work, and I am thrilled that David Blei (Columbia), Eric Maskin (Harvard) among others have agreed to participate in our programming this year.
Indeed, over the past two years we have hosted over 60 public events, welcomed more than 1,500 guests, and supported faculty and student projects that seek to identify new areas of methodological innovation or bridges substantive domains.
Past visitors include Gary Charness (UC Santa Barbara), Raj Chetty (Harvard), Leah Platt Boustan (Princeton), Edward Glaeser (Harvard), Alvin E. Roth (Stanford), Paul Krugman (The Graduate Center), Pinelopi K. Goldberg (Yale), Harald Uhlig (Chicago), Naftali Tishby (Hebrew University), Andrew Caplin (NYU), and Xavier Gabaix (Harvard).
Our PER Research Fellows Program is expanding from a pool of 16 Ph.D. fellows to 17 Ph.D. fellows and 3 MA students in the new academic year. We are also piloting a PER Research Grant Fellowship, while working closely with staff at Thomas J. Watson Library of Business and Economics to improve access to data.
We are pleased to welcome this year’s Staff Associates – Angela Wu, Hamza Husain, Luigi Caloi, and Ruby Steedle, and two Bridge to Ph.D. Scholars – Olalekan Bello and Dafne Murillo López.
I encourage you to take advantage of all that we offer. Explore the rich resources on this website and join our events in person.
I’m looking forward to seeing you at PER events soon. Have a great year!
John R. Eckel, Jr. Professor of Financial Economics, Columbia University
Executive Director, Program for Economic Research