BFI NewsApr 26, 2023

The Becker Friedman Institute Welcomes Eight New Saieh Family Fellows to the University of Chicago

The Becker Friedman Institute for Economics at The University of Chicago (BFI) is pleased to announce the appointment of eight new Saieh Family Fellows in Economics, seven of whom will join the program for the 2023-24 academic year, and one who will join BFI for the 2024-25 academic year.

The Saieh Fellows Program provides funding and support for early-career scholars who have recently completed their PhDs in economics. Fellows spend one or two years on campus, during which they have the opportunity to conduct independent research and collaborate with faculty and other scholars at the university. 

“We are thrilled with the new cohort of Saieh Fellows,” said Michael Greenstone, the Milton Friedman Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and Director of BFI. “Like the 28 previous Saieh Fellows, they are some of the most accomplished students that the field has to offer. The University of Chicago Economics community is excited to start interacting with them and learning from each other.”

The 2023-24 cohort of Saieh Fellows includes:

  • Yong Cai, who is a PhD candidate at Northwestern University and will join the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Economics as an Assistant Professor.
  • Pauline Carry, who is PhD candidate at The Center for Research in Economics and Statistics (ENSAE) in France and a Research Affiliate at IZA, and will join Princeton University’s Department of Economics as an Assistant Professor.
  • Tim Ederer, who is a PhD candidate at the Toulouse School of Economics and will join the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University as an Assistant Professor. 
  • Benny Kleinman, who is a PhD Candidate at Princeton University and will join Stanford University’s Department of Economics as an Assistant Professor. 
  • Agathe Pernoud, who is a PhD candidate at Stanford University and will join the University of Chicago Booth School of Business as an Assistant Professor. 
  • Molly Schnell, who completed her PhD at Princeton University and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Northwestern University.
  • Ludwig Straub, who completed his PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is an Assistant Professor in Harvard University’s Department of Economics.

Juanma Castro-Vincenzi is a PhD candidate at Princeton University and will join UChicago as a Saieh Fellow in Fall 2024 before joining to the Department of Economics of the University of Chicago in 2025 as an Assistant Professor.

Saieh Fellows receive a competitive salary, research support, and access to the university’s academic resources and facilities. The program also offers opportunities for professional development and networking through workshops, seminars, and conferences. The aim of the program is to support the development of the next generation of leading economists and social scientists.

In its short history, the Saieh Family Fellows in Economics has attracted and supported leading early-career scholars. Approximately half of the fellows have been selected to present at the annual Review of Economic Studies tour, which brings a small number of the world’s most promising graduating doctoral students in economics and finance to present their research to audiences in Europe. Past fellowship recipients now hold faculty positions at Chicago Booth and the University’s Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics, Brown University, Columbia University, Harvard University, MIT, Northwestern University, Princeton University, Stanford University, UCLA, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, and Yale.

“We never could have imagined the program’s rapid ascent,” said Erik Hurst, the Frank P. and Marianne R. Diassi Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at Chicago Booth and Deputy Director of BFI. “We’ve managed to continually recruit some of the best and brightest. Each year’s incoming cohort brings new ideas, approaches, and perspectives from the forefront of economics to share with the Chicago Economics Community.”

The Saieh Family Fellows program is permanently endowed by a generous gift from University of Chicago trustee and alumnus Alvaro Saieh. For a list of all current and past Saieh Family Fellows, click here.