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Nepali American Parag Pathak wins John Bates Clark Medal

BY SISRIKSHA DHAKAL, LOS ANGELES: Nepali American Parag Pathak, professor of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), won John Bates Clark Medal, which is conferred to American economists who have made a significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge.

According to the official release of MIT, MR. Pathak, a market-design expert has extensively studied education while developing new policy mechanisms used across the US.

The prestigious award, granted by the American Economic Association (AEA), was announced on Friday afternoon.

While announcing this year’s award, AEA said that Pathak’s work has led to “significant improvement in the assignment of students to public schools,” while he has also conducted “convincing analyses of different policies designed to improve secondary education. Using innovative and sophisticated empirical and theoretical techniques, he has provided policy advice that has already positively influenced the lives of over 1 million public school students.”

After being intimated about the award, Pathak told MIT News that he was honored to have joined a host of amazing scholars including Milton Friedman and Paul Krugman, and also said the award is a testimony for the rise of marketing-design research.

“This is an award on behalf of the whole subject of market design,” said Pathak, who is the Jane Berkowitz Carlton and Dennis William Carlton Professor of Microeconomics in the MIT Department of Economics. “There are many people who are doing great work in this field,” he noted.

His studies in Boston provided partial evidence that charter schools boosted educational attainment and have been central in the debate on expanding access to the schools, the AEA said.

Published Date: Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 | 09:38 AM

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