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Mark Duggan's photo with Michael Boskin and John Shoven in front of Gunn SIEPR building

Mark Duggan with former SIEPR Directors Michael Boskin and John Shoven

New Director Starts at SIEPR

Mark Duggan, the Wayne and Jodi Cooperman Professor of Economics at Stanford, became the Trione Director of SIEPR effective today, September 1, 2015. He succeeds John Shoven, who led the institute for 16 years and grew SIEPR’s reputation as an authoritative voice on economic policy. “It’s truly an honor to follow in John’s footsteps and I hope to build on all that he accomplished. SIEPR scholars are doing first-rate research on many of the most important challenges facing policymakers in the U.S. and around the world. We have an opportunity to educate the public about these issues while providing data-driven evidence that can lead to much better policies.”

Mark is a health economist with a long interest in government and policy. He came to Stanford in the summer of 2014 from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where he chaired the Department of Business Economics and Public Policy and directed the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative. He was an important player in the design of the Affordable Care Act, serving as senior economist for health care policy at the White House Council of Economic Advisers in 2009–10. He has testified to both houses of Congress about factors driving the growth in Social Security Disability Insurance enrollment and options for reforming this program.

The new SIEPR Director received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from M.I.T. in 1992 and 1994, respectively. He then switched to economics, getting his Ph.D. at Harvard in 1999. His recent research focuses on the health care sector and on federal disability programs. For example, he has investigated the effects of a merger between two large health insurers on health care costs. In related work, he explored the effects of Medicare Part D on pharmaceutical prices. And in other research, he has estimated the effect of federal disability programs on the labor market. He was awarded the 2010 ASHEcon Medal as the nation’s leading health economist under age 40.

Mark’s appointment represents a generational shift at SIEPR and he is championing a movement to involve more undergraduates and pre-doctoral researchers in policy-oriented research. “This is a natural extension of the Young Scholars program that John Shoven created and that has made SIEPR the go-to place among Ph.D. economists doing policy-oriented research. I can’t think of anything more invigorating for SIEPR than to capture more of the energy and enthusiasm of these young people.”

Upcoming Events

Events are by invitation only
September 29, 2015

Associates meeting with Glenn Hubbard, Columbia Business School Dean.
October 27, 2015

Associates meeting with Charles Schwab.
November 17, 2015

Associates meeting with Peter Orszag.

News & Views

How Not to Prevent the Next Financial Meltdown. By Edward Lazear, Professor at the GSB and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and SIEPR. Wall Street Journal, October 2, 2015
The IPCC at a crossroads: Opportunities for reform. Co-authored by Charles D. Kolstad, Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy and at SIEPR, on approaches to improving the process by which research on climate change is assessed. Science, October 2, 2015
Heidi Williams is awarded a MacArthur Genius fellowship. Former SIEPR First Sabbatical Visitor Heidi Williams is awarded a MacArthur Genius fellowship for her work on the economics of innovation. MacArthur Fellows Program, September 28, 2015

SIEPR Highlights

Student of the Month - Conner Crane

Conner is a senior majoring in Public Policy with a concentration in International and National Security Policy. This summer, Conner worked with Dr. Condoleezza Rice doing research on democratic transitions in the Middle East. In addition to his research, Conner trained daily with the Stanford football team as they prepared for the 2015 season. Post-graduation, he is hoping to work for political campaign in 2016 before pursuing a career in law.

On June 17, 2015, John B. Taylor testified at the House Budget Committee and the House Subcommittee on Monetary Policy. Read his testimony below.