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Jonathan Eaton is rejoining the faculty at Penn State after spending two years as the William R Rhodes Professor of International Economics at Brown University. He has worked on a number of issues in international economics and related fields. He was an important early contributor to the literature on sovereign debt and default.  His current research tries to determine why some countries benefit more from technology flows than others.  Along this line of research, he has developed methods for the quantitative modeling of technology and networks in the global economy.

S. Nageeb Ali is an economic theorist who studies issues in political economy, repeated games, and behavioral economics. He often uses insights from behavioral economics to better understand human behavior in political settings. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University in 2007. Before arriving at Penn State, Professor Ali had been a faculty member at UC-San Diego, a visiting professor at Harvard, and a frequent visitor to Microsoft Research.

Daniel Grodzicki is an applied microeconomist, who specializes in industrial organization and public finance. He is interested in the credit card market and various issues regarding taxes and their economic efficiency. Professor Grodzicki received his Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University in 2014 and before joining us, he spent a year at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as a visiting scholar. Aside from working on economics, Professor Grodzicki is also a flutist holding a graduate diploma from the Julliard School.

Rohit Lamba is an economic theorist whose focus is mechanism design. His research interests also include finance and development. In particular, Professor Lamba has studied optimal dynamic contracting, where he articulates when the classical first-order approach is valid, when it is not, and what else can be done. Professor Lamba is joining the Penn State faculty after spending a year at the University of Cambridge as a postdoc. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Henrique de Oliveira is an economic theorist, who received his Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University in 2014. Before moving to State College, he spent a year at Princeton University as a research fellow. Professor de Oliveira is interested in economic models of rational inattention, where economic agents may face too much information and choose not to pay attention to all of it. In particular, he has studied axiomatic characterizations of rationally inattentive behavior and how to measure the costs of attention.     

Ron Siegel is an economic theorist, who specializes in game theory and bounded rationality. Professor Siegel received his Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University, was a faculty member at Northwestern, and visited a number of places including Tel-Aviv, Hebrew, and the University of Chicago before coming to Penn State. His research agenda include auctions, and optimal designs of contests and criminal trials. For instance, in his earlier work, Professor Siegel showed how to obtain simple approximations of complicated equilibria in large contests or auction-like games.

Ross Doppelt is a macroeconomist, who recently finished his Ph.D. at New York University. His research interests include macroeconomic issues in growth and unemployment.  For example, in his recent paper on unemployment duration, he proposed a novel dynamic general-equilibrium model of job search, where long unemployment spells send negative signals about a worker’s quality. Professor Doppelt is now investigating the macroeconomic link between long-run growth and labor-market dynamics such as information stigma and human capital depreciation during unemployment.