Marian Miner Cook

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Me as a Rolling Stone: Thoughts of a Perpetual Student

Mon, April 22, 2024
Lunch Program
Julio Garín

The underlying question behind my talk is why I am here. Along with discussing my research, I will share a narrative of how it has evolved, and, more importantly, of what salient features of my life brought me to this position – I will not shy away from sharing what is common to all of us experiencing life: my jealousy, failures, struggles, and my insecurities. Moreover, I will share my thoughts about the importance of promoting research and what I have learned about role models.  Paraphrasing Borges, I am more proud of the things I learned than the ones I have taught and, like Kierkegaard, I believe first we must find what to do, then what to know. My talk will reflect those attributes, while implicitly arguing that social science in general, and economics in particular, provide us with a path to true empathy.

Professor Garín's Athenaeum presentation celebrates his installation ceremony as the Peter K. Barker ’70 P’01 Associate Professor of Economics and George R. Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College.


Julio Garín, the Peter K. Barker ’70 P’01 Associate Professor of Economics and George R. Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College, joined the CMC faculty in 2017. He holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Universidad ORT, Uruguay. 

Professor Garín has been widely published in academic journals, including the Review of Economics and Statistics; the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics; Journal of Money, Credit and Banking; and European Economic Review, and has been a visiting scholar of several central banks, including the Federal Reserve.

He is particularly interested in understanding the role of frictions and market imperfections, measuring well-being, and the extent to which policy interventions may help to ameliorate undesirable outcomes.  “In terms of labels, I have worked in the areas of monetary and fiscal policy, financial frictions, labor markets, and identifying the role of expectations on a variety of economic outcomes. Digging deeper, I am interested in the elusive task of understanding human behavior.”

Professor Garín grew up Cuaró, a neighborhood of Rivera, a city split between Uruguay and Brazil. “That place and their people, together with the parents I had and the ones I did not, gave me both roots and wings,” he shared.

“The role of an economist may not seem like a romantic task—or the role of a social scientist for that matter—but I argue that, when honestly pursued, provides extraordinary tools for creating a meaningful chronicle of human behavior and is crucial for piercing the veil of ignorance that conceals true understanding and prevents genuine empathy,” he said.

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