ALEXANDRIA, VA (PRWEB) July 20, 2012
The Business and Economics Statistics Section of the American Statistical Association, along with co-sponsor SAS, is pleased to announce that Alex Torgovitsky is the 2012 recipient of the Zellner Award. The award is given annually for the best Ph.D. thesis dealing with an applied problem in business and economic statistics, and a portion of the winning thesis is eligible for publication in the Journal of Business and Economics Statistics (JBES): http://amstat.tandfonline.com/loi/jbes.
Torgovitsky, currently at Northwestern University, was selected for his Yale University thesis "Essays in Econometric Theory." Zhipeng Liao, currently at the University of California/Los Angeles, was awarded Honorable Mention for his Yale University thesis "Shrinkage Methods for Automated Econometric Model Determination." A portion of each of the winning theses is eligible for publication in the JBES. Both theses are available to read or download at http://www.amstat.org/sections/bus_econ/papers/Torgovitsky_2012.pdf and http://www.amstat.org/sections/bus_econ/papers/Zhipeng_2012.pdf.
"Alex Torgovitsky's dissertation proposes new approaches to the identification and estimation of models with nonseparable heterogeneity,” said Jonathan Wright, Johns Hopkins University, on behalf of the awards committee. “The dissertation is technically very strong and makes important contributions to theoretical econometrics. At the same time, the dissertation contains substantial empirical components, such as estimating the returns to education. The methods proposed in this dissertation will be widely used by applied econometricians."
Torgovitsky will receive a $1,500 cash prize provided by SAS and will be recognized at the Business and Economics Statistics Section meeting in San Diego at the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) on Monday, July 30.
Named for Arnold Zellner, past Chair of the Business and Economics Statistics Section and founding editor of the JBES, the award is given for the best Ph.D. thesis dealing with an applied problem in Business and Economic Statistics. It is intended to recognize outstanding work by promising young researchers in the field. The sponsors for the Zellner Award are the Business and Economic Statistics Section of the American Statistical Association, under the auspices of JBES, and SAS Institute.
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