Tuesday, November 9, 2010

McGraw-Hill PowerPoint Slides for Dornbusch, Fischer, and Startz

Usually when you think of publications by economists you think of journal articles or books.  While I have several of these on my vita, I also have several lines under a different heading: Supplemental Materials.  You know those PowerPoint slides that your professor uses in the classroom?  Often he/she did not make those, but got them from the publisher of the book.  These are called supplemental materials.  Publishers, like McGraw-Hill, contract individuals to develop these slides and then make the slides available to those who adopt the text for their course.

As I write this blog entry, I am flipping back and forth between the blog and McGraw-Hill's ftp site.  I just completed the update (I also put together the original several years ago) for the PowerPoint slides for the textbook "Macroeconomics 11e" by Dornbusch, Fischer, and Startz.  I am currently uploading the files to their site.  DFS is one of the leading undergraduate intermediate macroeconomics texts.

Rudiger Dornbusch, among other things, taught economics at MIT for 27 years.  He received his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago in 1971.  While at MIT, he was the advisor for notable economists including Maurice Obstfeld and Paul Krugman.  Dornbusch is perhaps most famous for his "Overshooting Model" which explains why exchange rates have a high variance.  Find out more about Dornbusch at http://econ-www.mit.edu/faculty/dornbusch/.  Dornbusch passed away in 2002.

Stanley Fischer also taught economics at MIT from 1977-1988.  He received his PhD in economics from MIT in 1969.  He was Ben Bernanke's dissertation advisor and authored another well known book with Oliver Blanchard.  Currently he is The Governor of The Bank of Israel.  Find out more about Fischer at http://www.bankisrael.gov.il/abeng/nag_now.htm.

Richard Startz received his PhD from MIT in 1978 and currently is the Castor Professor of Economics at the University of Washington.  Notable publications include "Measuring the NAIRU with Reduced Uncertainty: A Multiple Indicator-Common Component Approach" (with Arabinda Basistha) in the Review of Economics and Statistics and "Some Further Results on the Exact Small Sample Properties of the Instrumental Variable Estimator" (with Charles R. Nelson) in Econometrica.  For more about Startz go to http://www.econ.washington.edu/user/startz/.

Needless to say I am honored to be associated with such esteemed economists and am proud that my name along with Roanoke College will forever be on the first few pages of the textbook.  Thank to Alyssa Otterness and McGraw-Hill for asking me to be a part of this project.

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