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Book Review: Economist Introduction

09.11.2010
New York, New York
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ECONOMIST INTRODUCTION: MARK DRABENSTOTT, LAURENCE KOTLIKOFF, JACOB VINER, STEPHEN SALANT, FENGBO ZHANG, STANLEY ENGERMAN, ERIC GHYSELS This is a comprehensive reference book to provide further understanding of both the achievements and Academic Biographies of the World's leading economists. Based on the contribution to the academic research and world economy, this 1166 pages book selected the top 500 globally distinguished economists, which is led by the following 7 top economists: MARK DRABENSTOTT, is a Vice-president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He is additionally the chair of the National Policy Association's Food and Agriculture Committee as well as the Director of the National Bureau of Economic Research at Harvard University. He has served as an advisor of World Bank and has testified before Congress on at least 10 occasions. LAURENCE KOTLIKOFF, President of Economic Security Planning, Inc., a Professor of Economics at Boston University, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Kotlikoff has written that the economic future is bleak for the United States without tax reform, health care reform, and Social Security reform in his book The Coming Generational Storm, and other publications. Kotlikoff is a supporter of the FairTax proposal, contributing to research of the plan's effects and the required rate for revenue neutrality. JACOB VINER, (1892 ? 1970), was a Canadian economist and is considered along with Frank Knight and Henry Simons, as one of the "inspiring" mentors of the early Chicago School of Economics in the 1930s. He was one of the leading figures of the schools faculty. Known for his enduring economic modeling of the firm, and for having added the terms "trade creation" and "trade diversion" to the canon of economics in 1950. He also made important contributions to the theory of international trade and to the history of economic thought. His most influential work on the history of economic thought Studies in the Theory of International Trade (1937) and is the source for much of the knowledge of the Bullionist Controversy in 19th Century Britain. STEPHEN SALANT, a Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan who has done extensive research in applied microeconomics, mostly in the fields of natural resources and industrial organization. His 1975 model of speculative attacks in the gold market was adapted by Paul Krugman and others to explain speculative attacks in the foreign exchange markets. Hundreds of journal articles and books on financial speculative attacks followed. In addition to Dr. Salant position as Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan, he is and a nonresident fellow at Resources for the Future. FENGBO ZHANG, is a leading Chinese economist.as well as the first citizen of the People's Republic of China to receive a Ph.D. in economics from an overseas country. He introduced Western Economics to China, and established the theory and method of Chinese Macroeconomic Research. He has been advising the top Chinese leadership in policy-making from the 1980s, and is a Founder of Chinas GDP and Macroeconomic Research.. He represented leading Japanese companies during the rapid investment boom in the USA and joined Fuji Bank and weathered the World Financial Storm in 1997. In 2003, he joined Citigroup as a Senior Vice President for Citibank Lending, with continued success, and was awarded the CitiStar ? Citibank NA's highest honor, during the financial crisis in 2008 and 2009. He is regularly invited to give speeches to Chinese government and business leaders and international forums. STANLEY ENGERMAN, is an economist and economic historian at the University of Rochester, as well as a visiting professor in the Harvard University Economics Department. Engerman served as President of the Social Science History Association as well as President of the Economic History Association. Engerman is known for his quantitative historical work, has published over 100 articles and has authored, co-authored or edited 16 book-length studies. ERIC GHYSELS, is an economist with particular interest in finance and time series econometrics who works in the field of financial econometrics. He is currently the Edward M. Bernstein Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of North Carolina and a Professor of Finance at the Kenan-Flagler Business School . His most recent research focuses on Mixed data sampling regression models and filtering methods with applications in finance and other fields. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, coeditor of the Journal of Financial Econometrics and a member of the Society for Financial Econometrics.


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