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Articles from Vol. 2017, No. 2, June 1

Cohort Studies
The NBER's Working Group on Cohort Studies met in Los Angeles on April 14-15. Working Group Director Dora Costa of the University of California, Los Angeles, organized the meeting. These researchers' papers were presented and discussed: * Kent Thornburg,...
Developments in the Asset Management Industry
Over the last two decades, the asset management industry has witnessed dramatic developments in both industrial organization and product offerings. Two or three decades ago, the industry was dominated by small asset managers primarily offering active...
Donaldson Wins John Bates Clark Medal
NBER Research Associate Dave Donaldson of Stanford University has been named this year's recipient of the John Bates Clark Medal, which is awarded by the American Economic Association (AEA) to the American economist under the age of 40 who has made...
Education and Children
The NBER's Program on Children and the NBER's Program on Education met in Chicago on April 20-21. Co-directors of the NBER Program on Children Janet Currie of Princeton University and Anna Aizer of Brown University and Director of the NBER's Program...
Evaluating Energy Efficiency Policies
One of the great mysteries in environmental and energy economics is what's called the "energy efficiency gap." Since the 1980s, a series of influential analyses has constructed energy efficiency cost curves--engineering estimates of the costs of conserving...
Measuring and Accounting for Innovation in the 21st Century
The NBER hosted a Conference on Research in Income and Wealth (CRIW) meeting, "Measuring and Accounting for Innovation in the 21st Century," in Washington, D.C., on March 10-11. Carol Corrado of The Conference Board, Javier Miranda of the U.S. Bureau...
Organizational Economics
The NBER's Working Group on Organizational Economics met in Cambridge on April 28-29. Working Group Director Robert S. Gibbons of MIT organized the meeting. These researchers' papers were presented and discussed: * David Cooper, Florida State University;...
Price Dispersion and Bargain Hunting in the Macroeconomy
In macroeconomic models, product markets are typically very simple. Consumers are treated as price-takers while firms trade against fixed demand curves. There is little that either households or firms can do to affect the terms of trade that they face...
Public Economics
The NBER's Program on Public Economics met in Cambridge on April 6-7. Program Directors Amy Finkelstein of MIT and Raj Chetty of Stanford University and Faculty Research Fellow Nathaniel Hendren of Harvard University organized the meeting. These researchers'...
The Development of the American Economy Program
The mission of the Development of the American Economy Program is to research historical aspects of the American economy broadly defined. Its members are economic historians whose specific interests span many sub-fields within economics. Economic history...
The Dynamics of Air Pollution Impacts
Anthropogenic air pollution dates at least as far back as ancient Rome, and attempts to regulate it are known to have arisen as early as the 13th century. Although the nature and scale of this externality has changed dramatically since the Industrial...
Understanding Productivity Growth in Agriculture
An NBER Conference, "Understanding Productivity Growth in Agriculture," took place in Cambridge on May 11-12. The conference was supported by the Economic Research Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Giannini Foundation at the University...
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