Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Clark medal to Emmanuel Saez

I am bit belated on this but still want to congratulate Emmanuel Saez, winner of the John Bates Clark medal for the best economist under 40. He is a very smart and creative public finance economist presently at Berkeley.

The award switches from every two years to every year starting this year, so it is now "only" as hard to get as the Nobel.

I am particularly happy to see an award given in public finance. My sense is that the discipline as a whole presently devotes too little attention to public finance relative to its importance in the world. One of the (many) things I like about Michigan is that I am learning a lot of public finance, which I have never really had much opportunity to learn before.