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Keynote Speakers:


Francisco H. G. Ferreira

London School of Economics and President of LACEA

Francisco H. G. Ferreira is the Amartya Sen Professor of Inequality Studies at the London School of Economics, where he is also Director of the International Inequalities Institute. Francisco is an economist working on the measurement, causes and consequences of inequality and poverty in developing countries, with a special focus on Latin America. His work has been published widely and been awarded various prizes, including the Richard Stone Prize in Applied Econometrics and the Kendrick Prize from the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth. He is also an Affiliated Scholar with the Stone Center at the City University of New York; a non-resident Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA, Bonn); and currently serves as President of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA). Prior to joining the LSE, Francisco had a long career at the World Bank, where his positions included Chief Economist for the Africa Region and Senior Adviser in the Research Department. He has also taught in the faculties of Economics at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro and at the Paris School of Economics. He was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics.

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Adriana Kugler 

World Bank Group Executive Director

Adriana D. Kugler is the World Bank Group Executive Director for the United States since May 2022. Prior to joining the WBG Board, Dr. Kugler had a long and distinguished career in research and policy as a development and labor economist. ​ Dr. Kugler’s contributions on the impact of government policies and regulations on labor markets was recognized with the 2007 John T. Dunlop Outstanding Scholar Award from the Labor and Employment Relations Association and with the 2010 First Prize for Best Contribution in the area of “Globalization, Regulations and Development” from the Global Development Network. Dr. Kugler has also served in high level leadership roles in the public and private sector. She was Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor (2011-2013). ​ Dr. Kugler is currently on leave from Georgetown University where she is Professor of Public Policy and Economics since 2010, and she was Vice Provost for Faculty (2013-2016). Dr. Kugler was Chair and Chair-elect of the Business and Economics Statistics Section of the American Statistical Association in 2020 and 2019, respectively. Dr. Kugler was a member of the Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy (STEP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (2019-2022) and served in the Technical Advisory Committee of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016-2019). ​ She was an elected member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Labor Economists (2003-2009) and of the Executive Committee of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (2015-2019). Dr. Kugler serves on the Audit Committee (AC) and Committee on Development Effectiveness (CODE), she is also member of the Pensions Finance Committee (PFC). Adriana Kugler received her Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University in 1991, graduating with first class joint honors in economics and political science. In 1997, she was awarded her Ph.D. in Economics by the University of California at Berkeley.

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John List

Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor in Economics at the University of Chicago

John A. List is the Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor in Economics at the University of Chicago. He received his B.S. in economics at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Ph.D. in economics at the University of Wyoming. List joined the UChicago faculty in 2005, and served as Chairman of the Department of Economics from 2012-2018. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, he was a professor at the University of Central Florida, University of Arizona, and University of Maryland. List was elected a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011 and a Fellow of the Econometric Society in 2015. He is currently the Visiting Robert F. Hartsook Chair in Fundraising at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He received the Arrow Prize for Senior Economists in 2008, the Kenneth Galbraith Award in 2010, the Yrjo Jahnsson Lecture Prize in 2012, the Klein Lecture Prize in 2016, and the Hartsook Growing Philanthropy Award in 2017. He received an honorary doctorate from Tilburg University in 2014 and from the University of Ottawa in 2017. John was also named a Top 50 Innovator in the Non-Profit Times for 2015 and 2016 for his work on charitable giving. He served in the White House on the Council of Economic Advisers from 2002-2003 and is a Research Associate at the NBER, a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), a University Fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF), and a University Fellow at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. His research focuses on questions in microeconomics, with a particular emphasis on using field experiments to address both positive and normative issues. For decades his field experimental research has focused on issues related to the inner-workings of markets, the effects of various incentives schemes on market equilibria and allocations, how behavioral economics can augment the standard economic model, on early childhood education and interventions, and most recently on the gender earnings gap in the gig economy (using evidence from rideshare drivers). ​ His research includes over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and several published books, including the 2013 international best-seller, The Why Axis: Hidden Motives and the Undiscovered Economics of Everyday Life (with Uri Gneezy).


Rosa Matzkin

UCLA and President of the Econometric Society

Rosa Liliana Matzkin is the Charles E. Davidson Distinguished Professor of Economics. Her research has been aimed at creating a tight connection between econometrics and economic theory, avoiding specifications and transformations not implied by economic models. She has developed (i) methods to test the consistency of data with economic models, (ii) methods to identify and estimate nonparametric functions using shape restrictions implied by economic theory, (iii) nonparametric methods that allow unobservable variables to enter in non-additive ways within models, and (iv) methods to identify and estimate nonparametric and non-separable systems of equations. She has worked on models of consumer demand, discrete choice, and equilibrium, among others. Professor Matzkin is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  She is also a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the International Association of Applied Econometrics, the Journal of Econometrics, and the Society of Economic Measurement. ​ She is currently President of the Econometric Society. She served as First and Second Vice-President of the Econometric Society and as a member of the Executive Committees of the Econometric Society and of the American Economic Association. ​ Professor Matzkin is co-editing the Handbooks in Economics series (Elsevier) and Vol. 7 of Handbook of Econometrics (Elsevier). She previously served as the chief Editor of Quantitative Economics, as Co-editor of the Research Monograph Series of the Econometric Society, as member of the Editorial Committee of Annual Review of Economics, and as Associate Editor of Econometrica and of Journal of Econometrics. Before joining UCLA, Professor Matzkin held faculty positions at Yale University and Northwestern University and visiting positions at the University of Chicago, MIT, Caltech, and Universidad de San Andres (Argentina).

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Ariel Pakes

Thomas Professor of Economics, Harvard University

Ariel Pakes is the Thomas Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at Harvard University, where he teaches courses in Industrial Organization and Econometrics. He received the Frisch Medal of the Econometric Society in 1986. He was elected as a fellow of that society in 1988, of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002, and of the National Academy of Sciences in 2017.  Ariel was the Distinguished Fellow of the Industrial Organization in 2007. In 2017 he received the Jean-Jacques Laffont Prize and in 2018 the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award.  In 2019 Ariel was appointed a distinguished fellow of the American Economic Association. In 2020 Ariel was selected to be citation laureate of the Web of Science. In 2021 Ariel received the Global Competition Review's annual award for Prosecution of Collusion and became the American Antitrust Institute's honoree for Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Economics; both refer to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation.  In 2022 he was recipient of Northwestern University's Nemmers Prize in Economics. Honored for his "fundamental contributions to the development of the field of empirical industrial organization as it is applied to the study of market power, prices, mergers and productivity.” Ariel’s research has focused on developing methods for empirically analyzing market responses to environmental and policy changes. This includes developing: i) demand systems that are capable of analyzing the impact of environmental changes (e.g. mergers) on prices, ii) methods capable of analyzing the impact of policy changes (e.g. deregulation) on productivity, and iii) models capable of following the impacts of these changes on the evolution of markets over time. He and his co-authors have applied these tools to the analysis of the auto, electricity, health care, and telecommunications equipment industries.  Ariel also developed techniques for: analyzing the impacts of privately funded research and development activity, for constructing a more accurate Consumer Price Index, and for analyzing the impact of incentive schemes on the hospital allocations of doctors. ​ Many of Ariel’s methodological contributions have been incorporated into the work of government agencies and private firms.  Ariel has mentored over sixty doctoral students, many of whom are now leading researchers at prestigious universities.  Additionally, he has done work for a number of consultancies, government agencies, and large firms. ​ Ariel is married with two children and two granddaughters. They all enjoy hiking, jazz, and watching the NBA.


Hélène Rey

Professor of Economics - London Business School

Hélène Rey is the Lord Bagri Professor of Economics at London Business School.  Until 2007, she was at Princeton University, as Professor of Economics and International Affairs in the Economics Department and the Woodrow Wilson School. Her research focuses on the determinants and consequences of external trade and financial imbalances, the theory and empirics of financial crises and the organization of the international monetary system. She demonstrated that countries's gross external asset positions help predict current account adjustments and the exchange rate. She introduced the concept of Global Financial Cycles and qualified the idea of the Mundellian Trilemma. She was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the 2006 Bernácer Prize and the 2012 inaugural Birgit Grodal Award of the European Economic Association. In 2013 she received the Yrjö Jahnsson Award shared with Thomas Piketty, in 2014, the Inaugural Carl Menger Preis, the 2015 Prix Edouard Bonnefous, the 2017 Maurice Allais Prize and the 2020 Prix Turgot. Professor Rey is an elected Fellow of the British Academy, of the Econometric Society, of the European Economic Association, of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences,  a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Economic Association, a correspondant of the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques. She was made O.B.E for services to economics. She was on the board of the Review of Economic Studies (2008-2015), an associate editor of the AEJ: Macroeconomics Journal. She is a co-editor of the Annual Review of Economics, a Research Fellow and Vice President of CEPR and an NBER Research Associate. She is a member of the Group of Thirty, of the Bellagio Group on the international economy and a member of the external advisory group to the managing director of the IMF. She is a member of the Haut Conseil de Stabilité Financière (French Macro Prudential Authority). She was a member of the Conseil d’Analyse Economique until 2012 and on the Board of the Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution (2010-2014). She has been elected President of the European Economic Association. She writes a regular column for the French newspaper Les Echos. Hélène Rey received her undergraduate degree from ENSAE, a Master in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University and her PhDs from the London School of Economics and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.

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Marzena Rostek 

Professor, Juli Plant Grainger Distinguished Chair

Juli Plant Grainger Distinguished Chair of Economics
University of Wisconsin-Madison


José Scheinkman 

Charles and Lynn Zhang Professor of Economics - Columbia University

José A. Scheinkman is the Charles and Lynn Zhang Professor of Economics at Columbia, Theodore Wells ‘29 Professor of Economics (emeritus) at Princeton, and Research Associate at NBER. During the academic year 2020-2021 he is engaged in full-time research as a Senior Research Scholar at Columbia’s economics department. Previously, Scheinkman was Alvin H. Baum Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago, Blaise Pascal Research Professor (France), Visiting Professor at Collège de France, and Vice-President in the Financial Strategies Group of Goldman, Sachs. Scheinkman is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow of the American Finance Association, and recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship and of a “doctorat honoris causa” from the Université Paris-Dauphine. In 2014, he was awarded the CME Group-MSRI Prize in Innovative Quantitative Applications. Scheinkman’s current research is on Financial Economics with emphasis on Climate Finance and asset-price bubbles. He was born in Rio de Janeiro and participates actively on debates concerning economic and social policy in Brazil. He is a member of the board of directors of Cosan S.A., a Brazilian company engaged in the production and distribution of sugar, ethanol, energy and logistic services and of the Advisory Board of Stone, a Brazilian fintech listed on the Nasdaq.

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