BSE Scientific Council welcomes 6 new members


Six international experts have accepted the invitation to become the newest members of the Barcelona School of Economics Scientific Council. They are:

  • Janet Currie (Princeton University)
  • Partha Dasgupta (University of Cambridge)
  • Darrell Duffie (Stanford Graduate School of Business)
  • Eric S. Maskin (Harvard University) Nobel Laureate
  • Preston McAfee (former Chief Economist of Microsoft)
  • Roger Myerson (University of Chicago) Nobel Laureate

The BSE established the Scientific Council in the very early days of the School to signal a commitment to the highest academic standards. Since then, the group has convened periodically in Barcelona to provide strategic guidance and to work with the School's administrative leadership to ensure the quality and performance of BSE academic programs and research activities.

The BSE Scientific Council is chaired by Prof. Hugo Sonnenschein, President Emeritus of the University of Chicago. The Council is further composed of leading academics – including 11 Nobel Laureates in Economics – who help to forge and enhance relationships between the BSE and the wider academic community.

In addition to their advisory role, many Scientific Council members have shared their knowledge and insights during special lectures, roundtables, and research events with the wider BSE community of professors, researchers, students, and alumni.

About the new members of the BSE Scientific Council

Janet Currie (Princeton University)
Janet Currie is the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University and the Co-director of Princeton's Center for Health and Wellbeing. She also co-directs the Program on Families and Children at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She is the President of the American Society of Health Economics, has served as the Vice President of the American Economic Association, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and of the American Academy of Art and Sciences. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the Society of Labor Economists, and of the Econometric Society, and has honorary degrees from the University of Lyon and the University of Zurich. She was named a Nomis Distinguished Scientist in 2018. She has served on the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science, as the Editor of the Journal of Economic Literature, and on the editorial boards of many other journals. Currie is a pioneer in the economic analysis of child development. Her current research focuses on socioeconomic differences in health and access to health care, environmental threats to health, and the important role of mental health.
Partha Dasgupta (University of Cambridge)
Partha Dasgupta is the Frank Ramsey Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge, Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge, and Professorial Research Fellow at the Sustainable Consumption Institute, University of Manchester. He taught at the London School of Economics during 1971-1984 and moved to the University of Cambridge in 1985 as Professor of Economics, where he served as Chairman of the Faculty of Economics in 1997-2001. During 1989-92 he was also Professor of Economics, Professor of Philosophy, and Director of the Program in Ethics in Society at Stanford University; and during 1991-97 he was Chairman of the (Scientific Advisory) Board of the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics, Stockholm. Since 1999 he has been a Founder Member of the Management and Advisory Committee of the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE), Kathmandu. In 1996 he helped to establish the journal Environment and Development Economics, published by Cambridge University Press. Professor Dasgupta's research interests have covered welfare and development economics, the economics of technological change, population, environmental and resource economics, the theory of games, the economics of undernutrition, and the economics of social capital. He has published several books and numerous articles in top academic journals.
Darrell Duffie (Stanford Graduate School of Business)
James Darrell Duffie is the Dean Witter Distinguished Professor of Finance at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is the author of numerous research articles, and several books including Futures Markets, Dynamic Asset Pricing Theory, and, with Kenneth Singleton, Credit Risk. Duffie has been on the finance faculty at Stanford since 1984. He is a Fellow and member of the Council of the Econometric Society, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Financial Advisory Roundtable of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and a Fellow of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was the President of The American Finance Association for 2009. He has served on the editorial board of many journals, including Econometrica. In 2003, Duffie was awarded the SunGard/IAFE Financial Engineer of the Year Award from the International Association of Financial Engineers.
Eric S. Maskin (Harvard University, Nobel Laureate)
Eric Maskin is the Adams University Professor and Professor of Economics and Mathematics at Harvard. He was a faculty member at MIT from 1977-1984, Harvard from 1985- 2000, and the Institute for Advanced Study from 2000-2011. He rejoined the Harvard faculty in 2012. In 2007, Maskin was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics (with L. Hurwicz and R. Myerson) for laying the foundations of mechanism design theory. He has made numerous contributions to game theory, contract theory, social choice theory, political economy, and other areas of economics. His work enhanced the understanding of the properties of optimal allocation mechanism and has helped economist to identify efficient trading mechanism, regulations schemes and voting procedures. His contributions are of importance not only to economist but in several areas of political science. Maskin is Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Econometric Society, the European Economics Associations, and the British Academy. He was president of the Econometric Society in 2003. He served as editor of The Quarterly Journal of Economics and Economics Letters.
Preston McAfee (Former Chief Economist, Microsoft)
Randolph Preston McAfee most recently served as chief economist at Microsoft; he departed Microsoft in February 2018. Previously, he was an economist at Google. He has also served as a vice president and research fellow at Yahoo! Research, where he led the Microeconomics and Social Systems group, and was the J. Stanley Johnson Professor of Business, Economics, and Management at the California Institute of Technology, where he was the executive officer for the social sciences. McAfee was a professor of economics at the University of Western Ontario from 1981-1990, at the University of Texas from 1990-2003, and at Caltech from 2003-2009. He has also been a visiting professor at the Department of Economics at MIT and the business school at the University of Chicago. McAfee has published over one hundred scholarly articles that have collectively been cited thousands of times. His research has concentrated on microeconomics and industrial organization, on topics including auctions, bundling, price discrimination, antitrust, contracting, and mechanism design. More recently, he has been publishing research at the interface between microeconomics and computer science. In 2014, McAfee won a Golden Goose Award for his work involving auction design.
Roger Myerson (University of Chicago, Nobel Laureate)
Roger Myerson is the David L. Pearson Distinguished Service Professor of Global Conflict Studies in the Harris School of Public Policy and the Griffin Department of Economics at the University of Chicago. In 2007, he was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics (with L. Hurwicz and E. Maskin). Myerson has made seminal contributions to the fields of economics and political science. His analysis of incentive constraints in economic communication introduced several fundamental concepts that are now widely used in economic analysis, including the revelation principle and the revenue-equivalence theorem in auctions and bargaining. Myerson has also applied game-theoretic tools to political science, analyzing how political incentives can be affected by different electoral systems and constitutional structures. Myerson is the author of Game Theory: Analysis of Conflict (1991) and Probability Models for Economic Decisions (2005). He also has published numerous articles in professional journals. He has served as president of the Game Theory Society (2012-2014), president of the Econometric Society (2009), and vice president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1999-2002). Myerson taught for 25 years in the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University before moving to the University of Chicago in 2001. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He has received several honorary degrees, and he received the Jean-Jacques Laffont Prize in 2009.

Recent activities of Scientific Council members in Barcelona

Full list of Scientific Council members

See the full list on the Scientific Council page