Finalist for Nevins Prize in American Economic History:
Brian Marein (PhD '21 )

Brian MareinRecent PhD graduate Brian Marein was named a finalist for the Allan Nevins Prize in American History, awarded annually by the Economic History Association on behalf of Columbia University Press for the best dissertation in US or Canadian economic history completed during the previous year. The 2021 prize will be awarded at the Economic History Association’s annual meeting in Tucson, Arizona in October 2021. Brian’s dissertation, “The Economic Development of Puerto Rico After United States Annexation,” was supervised by Professors Taylor Jaworski and Carol Shiue and includes four chapters exploring complementary aspects of development: public health and the mortality transition, colonial roads and local development, changes in adult height, and long-run patterns in regional growth. Brian is currently a limited-term Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Toronto.


National Science Foundation Grant 

National Science Foundation Grant was awarded to Jeronimo Carballo and Richard Mansfield for "The Effects of the U.S. Trade Engagements on the Demographic and Spatial Distribution of Employment and Earnings."

Abstract: This project will provide insight into the labor market implications of alternative trade policies by highlighting the roles of multiple trade engagement channels, worker mobility responses, and price adjustments. In particular, this project will generate a more comprehensive account of the earnings and employment responses to recent changes in the international trade environment among worker and firm types defined by combinations of characteristics such as region, industry, worker prior earnings, firm size and average pay. The project will also provide a set of novel stylized facts about employment composition and earnings distributions among firms featuring different types of trade engagement.

This project will assemble a database that links the near universe of US matched employer-employee records featuring worker demographics and pay with both firm-level customs records on all firms' export and import behavior. The project will also develop a two-sided assignment model that accommodates a rich pattern of sorting of workers to firms and market clearing in many interrelated labor markets defined by a large set of imperfectly substitutable worker types. This model will incorporate changes in the level and composition of labor demand among import competitors but also exporters, downstream firms able to buy cheaper inputs, multinationals able to reconfigure their supply chains, and employees from non-trading firms that are affected indirectly through overlapping labor markets. Finally, using the estimated model, this project will produce simulations of counterfactual scenarios that isolate the equilibrium impact of alternative trade policies on employment and the earnings distribution among many worker and firm types.

This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.


In Memoriam: 
Don Edward Roper, PhD
June 6, 1940–July 22, 2020

Professor Don E. Roper died from Alzheimer's on July 22, 2020; he was born to Homer and Vaude Roper on June 6, 1940, in Lubbock, Texas, where he grew up and started his education. After graduating from Monterrey High School, in 1958, he won a $4,000 scholarship he used to attend Texas Technical University, where he studied industrial on


2020 Sokoloff Dissertation Fellowship: Brian Marein

Brian MareinPhD candidate Brian Marein was awarded the 2020 Sokoloff Dissertation Fellowship from the Economic History Association. The Sokoloff Fellowship ($15,000) is thanks to a generous gift from Ken Sokoloff’s estate and other individual contributions and honors the major contributions of Kenneth Sokoloff to economic history, and in particular his care and concern for the many students he introduced to economic history.


AERE Dissertation Award: Akhil Rao ('19 PhD)

Akhil RaoRecent PhD graduate Akhil Rao was awarded the Wallace E. Oates Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award by the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE). The Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award is judged by a panel of AERE members on the grounds of originality, quality, clarity and significance. The award was presented at the AERE Winter Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting in San Diego on January 4th, 2020. Akhil’s thesis “The Economics of Orbit Use: Theory, Policy and Measurement” analyzes the use and management of Earth’s orbits, with an emphasis on common property resource dynamics, and was advised by Professors Boileau, Burgess, Hughes, Kaffine (chair), and Kimball. Akhil is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Middlebury College.