The Art and Practice of Economics Research
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The Art and Practice of Economics Research

Lessons from Leading Minds

Simon W. Bowmaker

The Art and Practice of Economics Research provides an in-depth look into the research methods of leading economists from across the United States and Europe. This innovative volume contains 25 interviews with practicing economists, presenting insightful personal accounts into an often-misunderstood field.
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Chapter: Susan Athey (Harvard University)

Simon W. Bowmaker


Susan Athey was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1970 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics, mathematics, and computer science from Duke University in 1991, before obtaining a PhD in economics from Stanford University in 1995. She was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology between 1995 and 1997, an Associate Professor of Economics at Stanford University between 2001 and 2004, and since 2006 has been a Professor of Economics at Harvard University. Professor Athey’s research interests include mathematical methods and tools for theoretical modeling, auctions, industrial organization, econometric identification, and organizational design. Her most-cited articles in chronological order include ‘Single Crossing Properties and the Existence of Pure Strategy Equilibria in Games of Incomplete Information’, Econometrica (2001), ‘Optimal Collusion with Private Information’, RAND Journal of Economics (2002), co-authored with Kyle Bagwell, ‘Identification of Standard Auction Models’, Econometrica (2002), co-authored with Philip Haile, ‘Monotone Comparative Statics under Uncertainty’, Quarterly Journal of Economics (2002), and ‘Collusion and Price Rigidity’, Review of 19 Columns Design XML Ltd / Job: Bowmaker-Art_and_Practice_Economics_Research / Division: 02Athey /Pg. Position: 1 / Date: 23/8 JOBNAME: Bowmaker PAGE: 2 SESS: 7 OUTPUT: Thu Aug 23 16:50:48 2012 20 The art and practice of economics research Economic Studies (2004), co-authored with Kyle Bagwell and Christopher Sanchirico. Professor Athey’s academic awards include the John Bates Clark Medal (2007) and the Elaine Bennett Research Award (2000), given every other year to an outstanding young woman in any field of...

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