JRCPPF End-of-Year Luncheon

Tuesday, Jun 5, 2018

The Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance celebrated the end of the 2017-18 Academic Year with a lunch at Prospect House to recognize our Graduate and Undergraduate Associates, as well as departing Research Assistants and Visiting Faculty.

Five students from the Class of 2018 gave two-minute descriptions of their senior theses. Economics major Sara Diressova worked with Professor Chris Sims for her thesis, and modeled the effect of interest rate shocks on bank balance sheets. Diego Vives also worked with Sims, and observed the effect of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing program during the 2008 financial crisis on Latin America. Sam Maeglin, a Politics major advised by Professor John Londregan, researched the political economy of structural change and urbanization. Vishan Nigam, an Economics major, worked with Professor Henrik Kleven to study the behavior of Texas Highway Patrol officers during traffic stops, and Gavin Zhang, who also majored in Economics, worked with Professor Iqbal Zaidi to build a medium-scale DSGE Model of China.

The Center proudly congratulates all our graduating seniors, including those who were not present at the lunch: Idir Aitsahalia, Christina Huang, Bryce Keller, Benjamin Lei, Shriya Sekhsaria, Benjamin Sender, and Benjamin Tso.

Seven graduating MPA and MPP students from the Woodrow Wilson School for Public & International Affairs were also present at the luncheon, and shared their career plans with the attendees: Aaron Tobert, Richard Sambasivam, Christine Östlund, Nick Patane, Elaine Golden, Anita Gupta, and Alonso Soto. Congratulations to these students and to Qazi Rashid on their graduation from Princeton University!

Center Director Atif Mian, the John H. Laporte, Jr. Class of 1967 Professor in Economics, Public Policy and Finance, also recognized three research assistants, Zhen Ye, Michael Varley, and Adam Lee who are leaving to pursue doctoral studies in economics and finance. Ye is entering the Finance PhD program at the University of Maryland. Lee will complete his PhD at Barcelona’s Graduate School of Economics and Varley will enter the Economics doctoral program at the University of Chicago.

The lunch also provided an opportunity to say farewell to two visiting faculty, Dana Foarta, Assistant Professor of Political Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Nicola Limodio, Assistant Professor of Finance at Bocconi University in Milan.

Photos from the event are available on Flickr.