Updates from Alums
Lauren Matsunaga (2009) - I'm halfway through my fourth year at USC's econ program, intending to be on the market next January. My thesis will be comprised of three essays in health economics using Medicare claims data for 9M individuals. My advisor is Dana Goldman -- he runs the health econ & health policy research center at USC. I've been RA-ing for the center since my second year and have learned a tremendous amount about working with large datasets and navigating the research process. My job market paper is in the works and looks at the diffusion of new pharmaceuticals among the Medicare population. I found out while at AEAs that one of my thesis chapters, co-authored with two economists at the center, will be published in a medical journal in February.
I've also had the privilege of working with Dan McFadden and having him on my committee. With his recommendation, I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in the Lindau Nobel Meeting in Economic Sciences this past August in Lindau, Germany with funding from the NSF. It was a week-long conference with about 400 students and 20 of the Laureates where each gave a talk, there were panel sessions, and, on the last day, a boat trip to Mainau Island. In addition to interacting with the Laureates, I met many fellow students that were sharp and equally pleasant. It was truly an amazing experience.