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New Faculty to join Warwick Economics

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New Faculty to join Warwick Economics

We are delighted to announce that two new top Economists will join Warwick Economics later this year.

James Fenske from the University of Oxford will be joining us as a Professor in July. James completed his PhD at Yale University in 2010 and has been at Oxford since then. His research specialisms are Economic History and Development Economics. He is a Deputy Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) at Oxford.

Topics of his current papers include: the role of ecologically-driven gains from trade in the development of pre-colonial states; the high prevalence and rapid disappearance of African polygamy; the role of environmental shocks in the dynamics of the slave trade, and; the adaptation of property rights to trade before colonial rule.

Also joining us in April is Helios Herrera as Associate Professor. Helios is currently at HEC, Montreal and has a PhD in Economics from New York University. Helios' research areas include Political Economy, Applied Theory, Macroeconomics, Experimental Economics and Financial Economics.

His main political economy contributions have been on electoral systems; most recently he is focusing on how political frictions may distort optimal policies and macroeconomic outcomes. During 2002-2006 Helios was an assistant professor of economics at ITAM in Mexico City. During 2007-2013 he was a faculty member in the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) of Columbia University.

He has been a recurrent visiting professor at the New York Fed and at PUC Rio, Brazil. Currently, he is a recurrent visiting professor in the Department of Political Science of Columbia University and at the Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF) in Rome, Italy.

Professor Abhinay Muthoo, said

This is a wonderful year for hiring in the Department, the appointment of both James Fenske and Helios Herrera alongside Roger. E. Farmer cements our position as one of the top Economics departments."