conomics Department is ranked top in the nation
(U.S. News and World Report, 2005)

David Autor has been named the next editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives, with a term to begin in January 2009.

Jose de Gregorio (Ph.D. '90) has been named the President of the Central Bank of Chile. He succeeds Vittorio Corbo (Ph.D. '71) in this role.

Esther Duflo has been named the inaugural holder of the "Knowledge Against Poverty" chair at the College de France.

Juan Pablo Montero (M.S. Economics '96, Ph.D. Sloan '97) has been named the Outstanding Economist of the Year in Chile. Ricardo Caballero was the inaugural winner of this prize (2001).

Gilles Saint-Paul (Ph.D. 1990) of IDEI and the University of Toulouse has won the 2007 Yrj� Jahnsson Award, which recognizes a young European economist who has made outstanding research contributions that are significant to economics in Europe.

Stephen Ross has been awarded the 2007 Jean-Jacques Laffont Prize for outstanding work that combines both the theoretical and applied economics. Peter Diamond and Dan McFadden are the two previous winners of this award.

Paul Joskow has been named President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and has taken up his new duties as of January 2008.

Patricia Cortes (Ph.D.'07) has been awarded the 2007 Upjohn Institute Prize for an outstanding dissertation on employment-related issues.

Visiting Professor Jean Tirole (Ph.D. '81) is the 2007 recipient of the gold medal of the CNRS, the National Center for Scientific Research in France. This is the highest scientific award in France.

Glenn Ellison, Whitney Newey and Jim Snyder have been elected as Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Ernst Fehr has been elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the Academy.

Amy Finkelstein and Ivan Werning have been named Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellows for 2007.

Athanasios Orphanides, who received both an S.B. and a Ph.D. from the MIT Economics Department, has been named the Governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus.