WASHINGTON—The Peterson Institute for International Economics is pleased to welcome Justin Wolfers as a senior fellow beginning September 1, 2014. Wolfers is a renowned economist known for creatively applying economic principles to issues whose discussion is normally dominated by sociologists and politicians, such as inequality, welfare, and even marriage and divorce, as well as to the objective interpretation of economic statistics in real time
"Justin is a terrific addition to the Institute community as both a leading applied economic researcher and a public intellectual who is actively involved in policy debates through his analysis, New York Times columns, and engagement on Twitter," said Adam S. Posen, president of the Peterson Institute. "His joining continues the ongoing refreshing of the Peterson Institute's senior research team by hiring the best mid-career economists with academic rigor who also excel at clearly communicating complex economic and political challenges."
Wolfers' planned research includes a new assessment of the world income distribution, and also how inequality and economic growth affect subjective personal views of happiness and life satisfaction. His research will contribute to the Institute's ongoing set of projects on inequality and inclusive capitalism which are partially supported by a major grant from the ERANDA Foundation.
"I'm thrilled to be joining the Peterson Institute, which is by any measure the most influential macroeconomic policy think tank in the world," said Wolfers. "The Institute has assembled an extraordinary group of economists, and I'm continually struck by both the empirical rigor that my colleagues bring to their work, and their focus on truly important global policy debates. It's the sort of place that will force me to grow as an economist, and to widen my lens, to better understand the global dimensions of the economic forces that shape each of our lives."
Wolfers will be a resident senior fellow for 2014–15, and an ongoing nonresident senior fellow upon his eventual return to the University of Michigan where he is a professor of both economics and public policy.
Policymakers and journalists seeking to reach Wolfers can do so through the Institute's website or by calling (202) 454-1334.
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