Becker Friedman Institute
for Research in Economics
The University of Chicago

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Four New Research Fellows Named for 2017-18

The Becker Friedman Institute is pleased to welcome four top economics PhD graduates as our 2017–18 research fellows. Starting in July, they will spend a year at the institute broadening and deepening their research.

A fifth recent graduate, Peter Hull, has committed to joining the institute as a research fellow in 2018–19 after a year at Microsoft Research.

These fellowships offer the best and brightest new economists rare opportunities to explore broad interests and build rigorous analytical skills in our vibrant and collaborative economics community. they enjoy time to expand their research horizons, explore promising new lines of inquiry, and try creative new approaches, free from teaching responsibilities. They also benefit from frequent opportunities to connect and collaborate with faculty and visitors across departments and disciplines.

The incoming Research Fellows bring wide-ranging interests and expertise to the UChicago economics community. The new class of fellows includes:

  • Rodrigo Adão, who studies issues at the intersection of labor markets and macroeconomic forces at an international scale. He received his PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016 and spent a year with Princeton’s International Economics Section before beginning his fellowship. He will join the Chicago Booth faculty in 2018.
  • Lauren Falcao Bergquist, a development economist who uses experimental methods grounded in economic theory to explore market efficiency in African agricultural markets. She will complete her doctorate in economics at the University of California, Berkeley in May 2017; after her fellowship, she will join the University of Michigan faculty.
  • Piotr Dworczak, a May 2017 Stanford doctoral graduate who studies mechanism and information design, with specific interests in matching systems, auctions, and information in financial markets.
  • Moritz Lenel, who studies how quantities of safe bonds affect interest rates and asset prices and the interaction of corporate bank and bond financing. He also analyzes the effects of housing policies on the homeownership rate. Also a May 2017 Stanford PhD graduate, he will join the economics department at Princeton University in the summer of 2018.
  • Peter Hull, an MIT graduate who develops new econometric techniques to answer policy questions in education and health care. Hull will join the UChicago Department of Economics faculty in the summer of 2019.

Four of these outstanding young scholars—Adão, Dworczak, Lenel, and Hull—were selected to participate in the Review of Economic Studies Tour, which selects some of the world’s most promising graduating doctoral students in economics and finance to present their research at universities in Europe.