BFI NewsJan 27, 2022

BFI Awards Six New Grants for the Study of International Economics and Economic Geography

The Becker Friedman Institute for Economics (BFI) is pleased to announce the award of six new grants supporting research by University of Chicago faculty and students on international economics and economic geography.

These grants will help promote ground-breaking research through the BFI International Economic and Economic Geography Initiative,  led by Brent Neiman, Edward Eagle Brown Professor of Economics at Chicago Booth, and Esteban Rossi-Hansberg, Glen A. Lloyd Distinguished Service Professor at the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics.

The International Economics and Economic Geography Initiative expands the scope and replaces the previous International Economics Initiative. It brings together prominent University of Chicago faculty whose research informs crucial topics and facilitates application of leading academic frameworks to real-world policy analysis.

Grants are intended to support a number of research activities, including the purchase of new data sets and software, research assistants, and travel. When published, the insights gleaned from this research and data will have real-world impacts across a variety of topics and fields of study.

BFI is proud to announce the recipients of the research grants, listed below, along with the research the grant will be supporting.


Research: Gains from Trade in Medical Services
Jonathan Dingel, Associate Professor of Economics and Cohen and Keenoy Faculty Scholar, Booth School of Business

Research: Rising Sea Levels, Adaptation, and Urban Development in Jakarta
Allan Hsiao, Saieh Family Fellow in Economics, Becker Friedman Institute

Research: Disaggregated Economic Accounts
Kilian Huber, Assistant Professor of Economics, Booth School of Business

Research: The Value of Infrastructure and Market Integration: Evidence from Renewable Expansion in Chile
Koichiro Ito, Associate Professor, Harris School of Public Policy

Research: Corporate Transparency and Access to (Foreign) Capital: Evidence from Around the World
Thomas Rauter, Assistant Professor of Accounting, Asness Junior Faculty Fellow and IBM Corporation Faculty Scholar, Booth School of Business

Research: How Do Firms Grow in Response to Demand Shocks? A Network Perspective
Felix Tintelnot, Assistant Professor in Economics and the College, Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics