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: Justin Wolfers (University of Pennsylvania)

Simon W. Bowmaker


Justin Wolfers was born in Papua New Guinea in 1972 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Sydney in 1994 before obtaining both an AM and a PhD in economics from Harvard University in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University between 2001 and 2005 and then moved to the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where he currently serves as the Class of 1965 Wharton Term Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy. Professor Wolfers’ research interests include law and economics, labor economics, social policy, political economy, behavioral economics, and macroeconomics. His most-cited articles in chronological order include ‘The Role of Shocks and Institutions in the Rise of European Unemployment: The Aggregate Evidence’, Economic Journal (2000), co-authored with Olivier Blanchard, ‘Prediction Markets’, Journal of Economic Perspectives (2004), co-authored with Eric Zitzewitz, ‘Uses and Abuses of Empirical Evidence in the Death Penalty Debate’, Stanford Law Review (2005), co-authored with John Donohue, ‘Did Unilateral Divorce Laws Raise Divorce Rates? A Reconciliation and New Results’, American Economic Review (2006), and ‘Economic Growth and Subjective Well-being: 442 Columns Design XML Ltd / Job: Bowmaker-Art_and_Practice_Economics_Research / Division: 24Wolfers /Pg. Position: 1 / Date: 9/7 JOBNAME: Bowmaker PAGE: 2 SESS: 3 OUTPUT: Thu Aug 23 16:50:48 2012 Justin Wolfers 443 Reassessing the Easterlin Paradox’, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity (2008), co-authored with Betsey Stevenson. He is also a contributor to The New York...

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