Carrie Gates | January 11, 2017
Notre Dame’s rapidly growing Department of Economics has added six new faculty members who bring diverse expertise in political economy, econometrics, labor mobility, market design, urban geography and poverty, and international finance.
“This fantastic group of scholars helps fill important needs in the department,” said William Evans, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Economics and chair of the department. “Faculty hiring is a year-round activity that consumes a lot of time and energy for everyone in the department. To have it pay off so well generates a lot of excitement and enthusiasm.”
The new faculty—Lakshmi Iyer, Marinho Bertanha, Nilesh Fernando, Michèle Müller-Itten, David Phillips, and César Sosa-Padilla—join the ranks of a vibrant department that has added more than a dozen faculty members in the last four years and offers one of the University’s largest undergraduate majors.
Bridging politics, economics, and gender
Lakshmi Iyer, an associate professor in the Department of Economics and the Keough School of Global Affairs, wants to know how societies can encourage more women to become involved in politics and what happens when they do.
Iyer, previously a faculty member at Harvard Business School, focuses her research on political economy and development economics. She is currently examining women’s role in the political process and researching historical political institutions and democratization.