Becker Friedman Institute
for Research in Economics
The University of Chicago

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Discussion Section with Kevin Murphy

Economists with roots at the University of Chicago bring a variety of perspectives to their work. They're macro- and micro- economists, and on occasions, a bit of both. They study labor trends from both the employee and the employer side, human capital, policy uncertainty, price theory, game theory, and many more aspects of a complex discipline. They collaborate across Chicago Booth, Chicago Harris, the Economics Department, the Law School, and even the Division of Biological Sciences, as well as far beyond the university. Though their vantage points and opinions may differ, their work ultimately coalesces around deepening the understanding of what's happening in the world around us and using that knowledge to help policymakers, organizations, and communities solve real-world problems.

The Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics facilitates many of the collaborations and conversations which underpin that application. In the Discussion Section series, Kevin Murphy sits down with colleagues to explore the questions they are tackling, talks about how those answers inform their perspective on what is happening next, and gets their take on what it means to be an economist connected with UChicago.

Labor, Jobs, and the Modern Economy: Discussion Section with Kevin Murphy and Casey Mulligan

Policy can have the best of intentions but the most unexpected of outcomes; a prescription to promote welfare in one area may have consequences in another part of the economy. Casey Mulligan and Kevin Murphy discuss how extended unemployment insurance and healthcare reform following the financial crisis worked as unexpected disincentives in the labor market.

Names, Faces, and Ideas: Discussion Section with Kevin Murphy and Manasi Deshpande

In this episode, Murphy talks with Manasi Deshpande, institute research fellow and assistant professor in economics at the University of Chicago. An expert in the intersection of social insurance policy and labor markets, Deshpande discusses her interest in economics as a framework for thinking through complex social problems, and talks to Murphy about how she hopes work like hers can change the discourse around social welfare programs.