Stephen Parente

Stephen L. Parente is an associate professor of economics at the University of Illinois. Since receiving his Ph.D., he has taught at Georgetown University, Northeastern University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Illinois. He is an affiliate of the Center for North and South Research (CRENoS) located at the University of Cagliari. He has served as an assistant editor for Economic Theory and is a member of the Society for Economic Dynamics. Dr. Parente's research primarily seeks to understand why some countries are so much richer than others.

Antonio Merlo

Antonio Merlo is the George A. Peterkin Professor and department chair of economics at Rice University. He was previously the Lawrence R. Klein Professor of Economics and the Director of the Penn Institute for Economic Research (PIER) at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Research Fellow of CEPR and CESifo and a Research Associate of NBER. Before joining the Economics faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, Professor Merlo taught at the University of Minnesota and New York University.

Raquel Fernández

Raquel Fernández is a Professor in the Department of Economics at NYU. She is also a member of ESOP at the University of Oslo, the NBER, the CEPR, and IZA. She has previously been a tenured professor at the London School of Economics and Boston University and held visiting positions at various institutions around the world. She has served as the Director of the Public Policy Program of the CEPR and has been a Panel Member of the National Science Foundation and a Program Committee Member of the Social Science Research Council.

Dennis Epple

Dennis Epple is Thomas Lord University Professor of Economics at Carnegie Mellon University. He has a Master of Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School and a PhD in Economics from Princeton University. His research focuses on the political economy of state and local governments, household life cycle location choices, the economics of education, and learning by doing.

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