New Faculty
Eytan Sheshinski Visiting Professor of Economics

Eytan Sheshinski
Visiting Professor of Economics

By Deborah Baum  |  September 1, 2010  |  Email to a friend

Distinguished economist Eytan Sheshinski will teach at Brown during three fall semesters beginning in the 2010-11 academic year. He is currently the Sir Isaac Wolfson Professor of Public Finance at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.

A microeconomist, Sheshinski’s research includes contributions to theories of technical progress and economic growth; income taxation and public goods; and firms’ behaviors in the presence of inflation and adjustment costs. In recent years, his work has focused on social insurance and markets for annuities and on behavioral public economics. In his third book, The Economic Theory of Annuities (Princeton University Press, 2007), he shows how “understanding annuities becomes essential as governments that grapple with insolvency of public social security systems place greater emphasis on individual savings accounts.”

Sheshinski received his Ph.D from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1967, and has taught at Harvard, Stanford, and MIT, among other schools. Since 1997, he has taught one semester each year at Princeton, where he also directs the Workshop on Privatization and Regulatory Reform. Sheshinski is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science, fellow of the Econometric Society, member of the Royal Swedish Academy and recipient of an honorary doctorate from the Stockholm School of Economics. In addition to publishing nearly 90 research articles, he has served on the editorial boards of Econometrica and the Journal of Public Economics.

Somewhat unusual among economics scholars, Sheshinski has also been active in the business world, serving as chairman of the board of Koor Industries (one of Israel’s largest industrial conglomerates), Koor Capital Markets, and Tadiran Ltd., and as a board member of Discount Bank Israel and Psagot-Ofek Investment House.

During his first semester at Brown, Sheshinski will teach an undergraduate course on social security reform and co-teach a graduate course on public finance.