Friday, September 4, 2015

An Overview of Amy Finkelstein

Amy Finkelstein is the Ford Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is currently the head of a research center at MIT for important issues regarding domestic policy.

Professor Finkelstein has been awarded the John Bates Clark Medal in 2012, an award given annually to the economist under the age of 40 who has contributed most significantly to economic thought and knowledge, among various other awards. She is one of the two Principal Investigators for the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment, an evaluation of the impact of medicaid coverage to low income, uninsured adults. She is also the co-editor of the Journal of Public Economics. She has her own Curriculum Vitae included on her MIT website, which displays a massive variety of publications and awards, along with a stellar record of her contributions towards economics to date.

I was unaware of Professor Amy Finkelstein and her achievements prior to this class. However, her achievements are truly magnificent and it is an excellent showcase on the use of everything we have learned about the mathematical applications and importance of such in the real world.

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1 comment:

  1. A technical comment first. You give a link at the end. Note that there is a link tool in the Blogger Editor, so you could have made a live ink around Cited Work rather than do what you did. Unlike other tools like Facebook, Blogger does not make such links live automatically.

    On the John Bates Clark award note that is for American Economists only. It is still a very prestigious award, as the U.S. has many of the top economists worldwide. But the Clark award differs from the Nobel this way.

    Otherwise, Finkelstein provides an excellent example of a very high powered economist who is outside the public view. You don't read her name in the newspapers, for example.

    On being a Journal editor, it is a subtle way to influence the direction of the field and it is a way to be in touch with much that is happening in current research in the area. It is a function that is critical to excellence in scholarship and one that the public probably doesn't understand well at all.