Beatrice Weder di Mauro, who made her name by being an expert on debt, can’t collect on one of her own: Nouriel Roubini owes her a bottle of Champagne for a 2012 bet they made about whether Greece would leave the euro.
When Katja Taipalus came home from school every day in the Finnish town of Jalasjaervi, she knew her working parents wouldn’t be there. Instead, her retired grandfather, who also lived in the large wooden house, played cards and other games with her.
Heidi Williams’s dad helped with her high school science-fair projects by driving her two hours from their North Dakota town to get books on World War II German cryptography. After studying up, she would present new ways to crack the cipher.
Cultural concerns don’t necessarily stop Israel’s Arab women from working, the lack of affordable day care does. And girls in areas of India with more sex-selection abortions are less likely to be malnourished. These are some of the discoveries by Argentina-born economist Analia Schlosser of Tel Aviv University.
As Yuka Takeda sat down with members of Kazakhstan’s government earlier this year in the capital, Astana, to discuss poverty levels, the Japanese economist noticed a stark contrast with her experience back home.
Joanna Tyrowicz takes action when she’s got a point to make. Rather than writing scientific papers about the inefficiencies of government unemployment services, the assistant economics professor had her students send e-mails to 416 job centers across Poland.
When Kristin Forbes sought tenure at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology early last decade, some colleagues said her research focus on financial contagion led to a dead end. Her reaction: Full speed ahead.
When French President Francois Hollande unveiled a plan in November for a business tax credit and higher sales taxes as a way to revive the economy, he was implementing an idea championed by economist Gita Gopinath.
Helene Rey made a side trip on her way to the hospital to give birth to her daughter in September 2006: She stopped off at the main office of London Business School, where she teaches economics, to turn in a report on a doctoral defense.