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.