Three Chicago Booth faculty among IMF magazine's 25 influential young economists

Gentzkow, Seru and Sufi recognized for shaping how world thinks about economy

Three University of Chicago Booth School of Business professors have been chosen by Finance & Development, the International Monetary Fund's quarterly magazine, for its Generation Next ranking, which lists 25 economists younger than 45 who are shaping how people think about the global economy.

Matthew Gentzkow, Amit Seru and Amir Sufi were among those selected, joining faculty from Harvard, Stanford, MIT, London Business School and more.

The ranking, published in Finance & Development, the IMF's quarterly magazine, was generated from comments from readers, and international economists and journal editors "to tell us which economists under 45 will have the most influence in the coming decades on our understanding of the global economy." The magazine staff then cross-checked against citations rankings, awards won and publications in finalizing its list.

"The others on this list are tremendously talented and engaged economists who I have admired for a long time," Gentzkow says. "It's a great honor to be included alongside them."

Gentzkow, whose focus is empirical industrial organization and political economy, especially related to media industries, started at Booth in 2007. He won the 2014 John Bates Clark Medal, and is the co-editor of the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, assistant editor of the RAND Journal of Economics and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

"I am delighted and honored to be included in a list of such esteemed scholars," Seru said. "And I am hoping to do research on firms and financial intermediaries that facilitates more efficient allocation of resources in the economy."

Seru, whose focus is corporate finance, started at Booth in 2007. He also is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a member of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation Working Group on Behavioral Economics/Consumer Finance.

"I am honored to be recognized as a member of this group of excellent young economists," Sufi says. "The challenges of the global economy require rigorous research diagnosing problems and proposing solutions, and I hope to continue to contribute."

Sufi, whose focus is finance and macroeconomics, started at Booth in 2009. He also is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and received Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. He recently published the book "House of Debt: How They (and You) Caused the Great Recession and How We Can Prevent it from Happening Again," with Atif Mian of Princeton, who also made the list.


From: Ethan Grove, Chicago Booth Office of Media Relations, 773.834.5161 (office), 773.420.8670 (cell),