Booth’s Veronica Guerrieri says that what starts as a supply shock can become a demand shock.
Academic Areas Macroeconomics Faculty and Research
The macroeconomics academic area at Chicago Booth includes world-class researchers who are generating insights into many of the most critical economic issues of today, including price setting, labor economics, monetary policy, and how economic agents cope with changing environments.
In addition to being a part of the National Bureau of Economic Research, macroeconomics faculty at Booth have played key roles in government and advised world leaders. Steven J. Davis serves as an advisor to the US Congressional Budget Office. Randall S. Kroszner served as a governor of the Federal Reserve System and took a leading role in developing responses to the 2008 financial crisis. Anil K Kashyap serves on the Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee.
The research of our macroeconomics faculty is published regularly in the leading economic journals, including the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the Journal of Political Economy. Our macroeconomics professors regularly receive some of the most prestigious awards in this area, including the Bernácer Prize, the Carlo Alberto Medal, and Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships.
From the New York Times and the Economist to NPR and the Washington Post, major media outlets regularly look to our macroeconomics professors to provide clarity to today’s topical issues, including the labor market, unemployment, and inflation.
Students can expect a number of innovative courses from our macroeconomics faculty.
Courses such as The Wealth of Nations use quantitative analytical frameworks and case studies to examine the role of institutional factors on the performance of firms in emerging markets versus wealthy countries. Other courses such as Advanced Macroeconomics take an applied approach, covering topics that are organized around the impact of the pandemic on the macroeconomy.
Discover more about our macroeconomics faculty, including the classes they teach, below.
So far, US firms have absorbed much of the cost, finds Booth’s Brent Neiman, but more pain for consumers may be coming.
A resumption of commercial activity without the return of childcare could add a new dimension to economic inequality, find Booth’s Jonathan Dingel, Christina Patterson, and Joseph S. Vavra.
Awards and Honors
Veronica Guerrieri is a recipient of the 2015 Bernácer Prize—a prestigious honor given annually to European economists under the age of 40 who have made outstanding contributions in the fields of macroeconomics and finance.
Guerrieri was noted “for her influential research contributions regarding the application of search theory to explain the emergence of illiquidity and fire sales in different asset markets.”
Research with Impact
In research published with the support of the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics, Booth’s Erik Hurst and Chang-Tai Hsieh quantify—for the first time—the impact of reduced labor market discrimination on the performance of the aggregate economy. In their estimation, between 1960 and 2010, up to 40 percent of the output per person is explained by the more productive allocation of talent.
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Macroeconomics Faculty in the News
Big Data Suggests a Difficult Recovery in US Jobs Market
July 05, 2020 | Financial Times
According to research by Chicago Booth’s Erik Hurst, the 20 percent employment contraction in mid-April was largely tied to small companies in the consumer services sector.
US Leaders Should Approach Current Economic Issues as a Venture Capitalist Would, According to an Economist from Chicago Booth
May 14, 2020 | Business Insider
Booth’s Anil K Kashyap shares his outlook for the US economy and the policy prescriptions he thinks would be the most effective, including giving funds to businesses struggling with liquidity to buy them some time.
Is There Such a Thing as a ‘Good’ or ‘Bad’ Recession?
August 11, 2020 | BBC Future
Because the current recession is such a complicated mix of supply and demand shocks, it’s harder to predict how government interventions will work, suggests Booth’s Veronica Guerrieri.
Partnering across the University of Chicago and Beyond
Our macroeconomics faculty are active in and outside of the University of Chicago. Every macroeconomics faculty member is an affiliate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. In addition:
- Veronica Guerrieri is a managing editor of the Review of Economic Studies and the codirector of the Macroeconomic Research Initiative at the Becker Friedman Institute.
- Lars Peter Hansen has a joint appointment with Booth and the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics at the University of Chicago.
- Erik Hurst is the deputy director of the Becker Friedman Institute.
- Brent Neiman is the faculty director of the International Economics Initiative at the Becker Friedman Institute.
Discover some of the latest working papers and published papers from our macroeconomics faculty.
“The Fall of the Labor Share and the Rise of Superstar Firms”
Christina Patterson, with coauthors David Autor (MIT and National Bureau of Economic Research), David Dorn (University of Zurich and Centre for Economic Policy Research), Lawrence F. Katz (Harvard University and National Bureau of Economic Research), and John Van Reenen (MIT and London School of Economics)
“The Cost of Privacy: Welfare Effects of the Disclosure of COVID-19 Cases”
Chang-Tai Hsieh, with coauthors David Argente (Pennsylvania State University) and Munseob Lee (University of California at San Diego)
“Slow Household Deleveraging”
Veronica Guerrieri, with coauthors Guido Lorenzoni (Northwestern) and Marta Prato (University of Chicago)
Bringing together researchers from the entire Chicago economics community, the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics fosters novel insights on the world’s most difficult economic problems.
An affiliate of Chicago Booth, CRSP, LLC is the leading provider of historical stock market data for researchers. The center has long been an integral part of the academic and commercial world of financial and economic research.
IGM organizes Booth faculty efforts to influence public policy and the practice of business around the world. By hosting expert panels, visiting thought leaders, and conferences, IGM raises the impact of Booth research.
The Stigler Center confronts conventional thinking and investigates the obstacles preventing markets from being truly competitive.