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Matthew Gentzkow Named Sloan Fellow For 2009


Matthew Gentzkow, associate professor of economics and Neubauer Family Faculty Fellow at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, has been named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow for 2009. He becomes the sixth current member of the Chicago Booth faculty to receive the prestigious award.

“The Sloan Research Fellowships support the work of exceptional young researchers early in their academic careers, and often at pivotal stages in their work,” said Paul L. Joskow, President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Gentzkow studies empirical industrial organization, with a specific focus on media industries.

He collaborates on much of his research with Jesse Shapiro, an assistant professor of economics at Chicago Booth. Their recent joint research includes “Competition and Truth in the Market for News,” published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, Spring 2008, and “Preschool Television Viewing and Adolescent Test Scores: Historical Evidence from the Coleman Study,” published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, February 2008.

Earlier research of Gentzkow and Shapiro that also received a great deal of attention is “Media Bias and Reputation,” published in the Journal of Political Economy, April 2006.

Previous recipients of the Sloan Research Fellowship include current Chicago Booth faculty members Marianne Bertrand, Austan Goolsbee, Anil Kashyap, Kevin Murphy and Lars Stole.

Gentzkow teaches courses in competitive strategy to students in the full-time and evening MBA programs. “I hope my students learn to ask more questions, think critically, and realize that many arguments that sound good aren’t,” he said.

Gentzkow joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2004 after receiving a PhD in economics from Harvard. Earlier he received AM and AB degrees in economics, also from Harvard.

For 2009, 118 early career scientists, mathematicians and economists were named as Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellows. The winners are faculty members at 61 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada who are conducting research at the frontiers of physics, chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics and neuroscience.

Grants of $50,000 for a two-year period are administered by each Fellow’s institution.

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