The Region

The Boys from Belarus - In Brief

Douglas Clement | Editor, The Region

Published September 1, 2006  | September 2006 issue

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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