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Emir Kamenica named Sloan Research Fellow for 2013

February 20, 2013

Emir Kamenica, associate professor of economics and Robert King Steel Faculty Fellow at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, has been chosen as a 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation awards fellowships annually in science, mathematics, economics, and computer science “to early-career … scholars of outstanding promise … in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.”

“I felt quite honored to learn that I was selected as a Sloan Research Fellow," said Kamenica. "The award suggests that my work has at least some relevance for our discipline, which is of course extremely encouraging and motivating."

Kamenica’s research focuses on microeconomics, specifically on design of informational environments, behavioral industrial organization and dating and marriage markets. His recent papers include “Bayesian Persuasion,” published in the American Economic Review in 2011 and written with Matthew Gentzkow, Richard O. Ryan Professor of Economics and Neubauer Family Faculty Fellow at Booth, who in 2009 was a Sloan Research Fellow.

Kamenica is an associate editor of the Journal of the European Economic Association.

Dorian Abbott, assistant professor, and Jacob Waldbauer, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, both in the University of Chicago Department of Geophysical Sciences, and Wei Wei, an assistant professor in the Department of Neurobiology, also were named Sloan Research Fellows for 2013. Three Booth professors—Veronica Guerrieri, Jesse Shapiro, and Amir Sufi—were named Sloan Research Fellows in 2011.

“I am also humbled to be associated with the esteemed company of other Sloan Fellows, both past and present,” Kamenica said.

Kamenica joined the Booth faculty in 2006, after receiving his doctorate in economics from Harvard University. He also received his bachelor’s in applied mathematics from Harvard, in 2001. He taught competitive strategy in the fall quarter.

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