The Economics Department welcomes Professor Laurent Mathevet (Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, 2008) and Professor Alessandro Tarozzi (Ph.D. Princeton University, 2002).
Professor Mathevet joined the Institute in September 2021 after holding positions at New York University (2013-2021) and the University of Texas at Austin (2008-2013).
Laurent Mathevet's research is in economic theory with a focus on incentive design and incomplete information. What started as two separate interests evolved into one: the design of incentives through information or information design. In environments where individuals have incomplete information about key variables, information can be used to affect their behavior. For example, marketing, political campaigns, academic grading systems, and even informal conversations are forms of information disclosure often seeded with an intention.
Professor Mathevet has published in international journals such as AEJ Microeconomics, AER Insights, Games and Economic Behavior, the Journal of Economic Theory, the Journal of Political Economy, and Theoretical Economics.
Professor Tarozzi has also joined the Institute in September 2021 from UPF, Barcelona.
Alessandro Tarozzi is a Development Economist whose primary research interests are in Global Health, with a regional focus on South Asia, especially India.
He is an affiliate of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), a Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), and an affiliate of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Development Economics (since 2010), Economic Development and Cultural Change (since 2013), and the Journal of Human Resources (since 2014), and he was Associate Editor of the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics (2015-2018).
Professor Tarozzi's work is often cross-disciplinary, and for this reason he has published in international journals both in Economics and in other fields such as public health, demography and statistics. His publications include articles in the American Economic Review, Annals of Statistics, Demography, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, among the others.