Congratulations to my Stanford undergraduate mentee, Sahand Rabbani, who today received a Wallace Sterling Prize for ranking in the top 25 graduating seniors in the College of Humanities and Sciences. This is particularly impressive because Sahand has taken two simultaneous bachelor’s degrees in economics and electrical engineering. Besides the Wallace Sterling Award, he has also won a Terman Prize, which is granted to the top 5% of the graduating seniors in the College of Engineering. Sahand was the only student to win both of these honors.
Congratulations to my 1991 Stanford dissertation advisee, Yeon-Koo Che, who has “been selected as the first recipient of the Cho Award in Economics. The Cho Award is given to the economist whose academic contribution is most highly significant. It is awarded to Korean economists or foreign economists who contribute to development of economics in Korea. The Award has been established on the fund donated by Mr. Rakkyo Cho, an alumnus of Yonsei University, School of Economics. It is awarded by the President of Yonsei University, and the prize amount is 50,000,000 Korean won.”
Congratulations to two of my Stanford dissertation advisees from 1995, who have just won very major honors:
- Susan Athey, for winning the 2007 John Bates Clark medal of the American Economic Association, which “is awarded biennially to that American economist under the age of forty who is adjudged to have made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge.” Athey is the first woman to win this extremely prestigious award.
- Joshua Gans, for winning the 2007 Australian Young Economist Award of the Economic Society of Australia, which is awarded biennially to “honour that Australian economist under the age of forty who is deemed to have made a significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge.”
My three dissertation students on the junior economist job market in 2008 have all found good jobs:
Bruno Strulovici will join Northwestern University economics next fall as a new assistant professor.
Brendan Daley will join Duke economics in the fall, also as a new assistant professor.
Assaf Eilat will join Compass Lexecon in San Francisco, an economic consulting firm.