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The Boys from Belarus - In Brief

September 1, 2006


Douglas Clement Editor, The Region
The Boys from Belarus - In Brief

A Dynamic Duo

Friends since high school in Belarus, Mikhail Golosov and Aleh Tsyvinski have become leading young economists in the United States, at MIT and Harvard, respectively.

Much of their research focuses on the economics of optimal taxation and social insurance, and it merges a dynamic approach to analyzing taxation with the distributional concerns raised by incentives/insurance trade-offs. Their work thus explores the intersection of public finance and macroeconomics, and blends empirical and theoretical methodologies.

The economists' close friendship provides the base for their prolific professional collaboration. They are, in the words of a colleague, "a phenomenal team."

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Douglas Clement
Editor, The Region

Douglas Clement was a managing editor at the Minneapolis Fed, where he wrote about research conducted by economists and other scholars associated with the Minneapolis Fed and interviewed prominent economists.