Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Nobel prizes in economics

Kudos to Thomas Sargent of NYU and Chris Sims of Princeton for receiving the Nobel Award in Economics, announced on Monday.  (Click for NYT and WSJ stories.) Both were Harvard PhDs but made their reputations at the University of Minnesota.  Sargent did important theoretical and empirical work on what came to be known as the "rational expectations" theory of how the economy would respond to monetary and fiscal policy.  Sims is well known for developing a technique called vector autoregression that can be used to identify shocks to the economy and the response to those shocks.  Sargent and Sims will split a richly deserved $1.5m award.  Sims said he intended to keep his in cash for awhile. 

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