Faculty Steering Committee


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Boragan Aruoba

Professor; Director of Graduate Admissions

Boragan Aruoba is a macroeconomist with both theoretical and empirical interests. On the theoretical front, his recent research focuses on the dynamics of an economy when it is at the zero lower bound of nominal interest rates and in general nonlinearities in macroeconomic models. On the empirical front, he worked on understanding statistical properties of data revisions, the yield curve and factor models. His work on an index for tracking business cycles and a new measure of GDP are implemented by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. He teaches macroeconomics and computational methods. His work has been supported by National Science Foundation. Professor Aruoba graduated from Bogaziçi University in Turkey with a B.A. in economics in 1999 and received his Ph.D. in economics faculty at Maryland that year.


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Sebastian Galiani

Professor of Economics

Sebastian Galiani researches broadly in the area of development economics, health economics, and economic policy. He is a Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development. He is also a member of the executive committee of JPAL at MIT. He is associate editor of the Journal of Development Economics and Economics, Behavior and Organization. He published papers in the Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of International Economics, among others. His work has been featured in Science, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The Times and various other newspapers around the world. Sebastian has also worked as consultant for Gates Foundation, United Nations, Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank, and the governments of Argentina, Mexico, Panama and South Africa. Sebastian obtained his PhD in Economics from Oxford University in 2000. 

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Ginger Jin

Professor of Economics

Ginger Zhe Jin's research focuses on information asymmetry among economic agents and how to provide information to overcome the information problem.  The applications she has studied include restaurant food safety, health insurance, prescription drugs, online trading, online reviews, regulatory inspection, scientific innovation, air quality, blood donation, and the intrafamilial interaction between parents and children. Her research has been published in economics, management and marketing journals, with support from the National Science Foundation, the Net Institute, and the Sloan Foundation. She is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, co-editor of the Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, and Chief Data Scientist at Hazel Analytics, which she co-founded in October of 2014. Hazel Analytics is an advanced analytics company that promotes the use of open government data, provides public access to a national database of retail food safety inspection results via InspectionRepo.com, and also develops proprietary technology to standardize and analyze food safety inspection data nationwide. In addition, Professor Jin holds a special-term visiting professorship at the Guanghua School of Management in Peking University and conducts research on development issues in China. Professor Jin received her PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2000.

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Melissa Kearney

Professor of Economics

Melissa S. Kearney's research focuses on issues of social policy, poverty, and inequality. She is particularly interested in the effect of government programs and economic conditions on the behaviors and outcomes of economically disadvantaged populations. She also has research interests in household decision-making with regard to risk and uncertainty, saving, and gambling. She is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings  Institution and Director of the Hamilton Project. She is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Professor Kearney received her PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2002 and her BA from Princeton University in 1996. She studied on a National Science Graduate Research Fellowship and a Harry S Truman Scholarship. 
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Philip Swagel

Professor of International Economic Policy

Phillip L. Swagel is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, where he teaches courses on international economic policy. Professor Swagel was Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the Treasury Department from December 2006 to January 2009.  In that position, he served as a member of the TARP investment committee and advised Secretary Paulson on all aspects of economic policy.  He was previously chief of staff at the Council of Economic Advisers and an economist at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the International Monetary Fund. Professor Swagel received a bachelor's degree in economics from Princeton University and a PhD in economics from Harvard University.

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Roberton Williams

Professor of Agriculture and Resource Economics

Roberton C. Williams III is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park. His research focuses primarily on taxation and environmental regulation, covering broad theoretical questions such as how to measure the effects of taxes and regulations on economic efficiency as well as specific policy issues such as gasoline taxation and climate change policy. He is Senior Fellow and Director of Academic Programs at Resources for the Future and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.  Before moving to Maryland, he was an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin, and he has previously held visiting research positions at the Brookings Institution and Stanford University. Professor Williams earned his Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University in 1999 and an A.B.in economics from Harvard College in 1994.