What is LAEF?

Furthering research in growth
and fluctuations of aggregate economies.

"[I]t is distressing how often one can guess the answer given to an economic question merely by knowing who asked it."

-George J. Stigler, 1946

Welcome to Carlos Zarazaga

Carlos Zarazaga will be a guest at LAEF from May 2 through May 21, 2022. Carlos E. J. M. Zarazaga is an Adjunct Professor at Southern Methodist University, the Dedman College of Humanities & Sciences economics department. He previously was a Senior Research Economist and Policy Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. He holds a Licenciatura in Economics from Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Minnesota. His scholarly research interests are business cycles and economic crises, inflation outcomes under alternative monetary and fiscal policy regimes, fiscal policy and sovereign debt defaults, and growth and economic development.

XXV Workshop on Dynamic Macroeconomics in Vigo, Spain July 5-7, 2022

On behalf of the Research Group in Economic Analysis (RGEA) of the Universidade de Vigo and the Scientific Committee it is a great pleasure to announce the Workshop on Dynamic Macroeconomics sponsored by LAEF which will be held in Soutomaior (Pontevedra, Spain). The academic organizer is Jaime Alonso-Carrera, Professor of Economics at the University of Vigo. For more information please go to http://workshop.webs.uvigo.es/.

Welcome to Marek Kapicka

Marek Kapicka will be a guest at LAEF from March 28 through June 2022. Marek Kapička is an Associate Professor at CERGE-EI since 2013. Previously, he was an Associate Professor at UCSB. He received his M.A. in Economics from Charles University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. His research focuses on macroeconomics, especially dynamic optimal taxation and dynamic contracting. He has published in journals such as Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Monetary Economics, Review of Economic Dynamics, or American Economic Journal in Macroeconomics. Website: https://www.cerge-ei.cz/people/marek-kapicka

Conference on Aging and Healthcare in the Macroeconomy- August 12-13, 2022

Populations are aging and healthcare costs are rising — not only in high-income countries, but also in many middle-income countries like China. The large economic impact of aging and increased healthcare costs requires major policy responses at the macroeconomic level as well as at the micro level. This conference at the Laboratory for Aggregate Economics and Finance (LAEF) at the University of California, Santa Barbara brings together economic researchers analyzing the interaction of the macroeconomics and microeconomics of aging and increased healthcare costs and of alternative policy responses.

Autumn 2021

In this issue: Welfare Inequality in the 21st Century

Summer 2021

In this issue: Workshop on Dynamic Macroeconomics

Autumn 2020

In this issue: 3rd Annual Women in Macro