RSL Signs Vazquez To Homegrown Contract

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Sandy, UT)  —  Local teenager Julian Vazquez is now a member of Real Salt Lake.The franchise signed the 17-year-old to a homegrown contract over the weekend.  Vazquez used to play for Ridgeline High School in Cache County, but has spent the past two years in the Real Salt Lake Academy. October 8, 2018 /Sports News – Local RSL Signs Vazquez To Homegrown Contract Tags: Julian Vazquez/Real Salt Lake/Real Salt Lake Academy Robert Lovelllast_img

Utah State Men’s Basketball Visits San Diego State Saturday

first_img Written by January 30, 2020 /Sports News – Local Utah State Men’s Basketball Visits San Diego State Saturday FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSAN DIEGO-Saturday, Utah State men’s basketball (17-6, 6-4 in Mountain West play) visits San Diego State (22-0, 11-0 in Mountain West play) as the Aggies seek to hand the vaunted Aztecs their first loss of the season.The resurgent Aggies are currently on a 3-game winning streak. Head coach Craig Smith (45-13, .776 at Utah State; 124-68, .646 as a collegiate head coach) continues to excel in his second season at Logan.The Aggies’ resurgence has stemmed from Utah State leading for all but 15:17 of game time over the course of the last five games and holding opponents to 36.7 percent shooting from the field.The Aggies are the top rebounding team in the nation, having netted 945 rebounds. Sophomore forward Justin Bean has 238 rebounds (10.3 boards per game), ranking him ninth nationally.Utah State is tied for fifth nationally in assists with Green Bay. Both the Aggies and Phoenix have 379 assists.The Aggies score 77.7 points per game, tying them for 37th nationally in scoring offense with Furman.Senior guard Sam Merrill scores 17.9 points per game for Utah State, making him the Aggies’ leading scorer.Bean also scores 12.9 points per contest and has a team-best 21 blocked shots.Sophomore center, Portuguese national Neemias Queta (11.1 points, 6.5 rebounds per game) also scores in double figures on-average for Utah State.Fellow Portuguese national, senior guard Diogo Brito has a team-best 39 steals and junior guard Abel Porter leads the squad with 84 assists.The Aggies surrender 63.7 points per game, ranking Utah State 52nd nationally in scoring defense.San Diego State is coached by third-year head coach Brian Dutcher (65-24, .730) who has the Aztecs as the only undefeated team in the country.San Diego State scores 75 points per game as they are tied for 92nd in scoring offense nationally with Florida State.Junior guard Malachi Flynn leads the Aztecs in scoring (16.5 points per game), assists (110) and steals (38).Senior forward, New Zealander Yanni Wetzell (12 points per game, a team-best 6.4 rebounds per game) and junior forward Matt Mitchell (11.2 points per game) also score in double figures on-average for San Diego State.Ghanaian national, sophomore forward Nathan Mensah is injured but he leads the squad in blocked shots with 22.San Diego State’s defense is among the best in the nation as they surrender 57.1 points per game, ranking them fourth nationally in scoring defense.The Aztecs also rank sixth nationally in field goal percentage defense. San Diego State only allows opponents to shoot 36.9 percent from the field.San Diego State leads Utah State 12-5 all-time and 6-1 at San Diego. Tags: San Diego State basketball/USU Basketball Brad Jameslast_img read more

OnTheMarket claims COVID lockdown was ‘defining moment’ in portal wars

first_img OnTheMarket has claimed that the Covid lockdown has been a catalyst for many agents to review their portal choices and ‘examine the value delivered’.Chairman Christopher Bell says the company is seeking to use this change to catch up with Rightmove and Zoopla.“Will look to capitalise on this opportunity through our strong portal offering, our approach of agent alignment through ownership in OnTheMarket and our commitment to sustainably low listing fees,” he says.Bell’s comments have been made ahead of the portal’s AGM later today during which it will reveal that it has now reached just under 14,000 listing branches.600 branchesThis follows its latest sales push which persuaded 600 branches to join, offering agents ‘welcome shares’ in return for signing up to a full-tariff paying contract.The portal has also now persuaded 1,619 branches so far to list exclusive with its platform to the exclusion of Zoopla and Rightmove, a rise of 42% year-on-year.The portal paused its advertising during the Covid pandemic lockdown but despite this, the number of leads passed on to agents increased by 6.3% from January to 134 leads a month per advertiser, or 1.8 million leads.“Our financial year to 31 January 2020 was a year of strong operational performance with financial momentum building throughout the second half,” says Bell (left).“Following the release of pent-up consumer demand as the market reopened, buoyed further by the Chancellor’s stamp duty holiday, agents are seeing strong levels of activity.Read more about portal wars.Rightmove OnTheMarket Christopher Bell Zoopla July 30, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Marketing » OnTheMarket claims COVID lockdown was ‘defining moment’ in portal wars previous nextMarketingOnTheMarket claims COVID lockdown was ‘defining moment’ in portal warsAgent-owned platform says many estate agencies reassessed the value they get from Zoopla and Rightmove during the lockdown as it reports increased branch numbers.Nigel Lewis30th July 20200826 Viewslast_img read more

Live Review: Simian Mobile Disco, Carling Academy

first_imgBefore Simian I had only seen one genuine dance act live before; Faithless, in front of a crowd of 100,000 at the V Festival. A tough act to follow I’m sure you’ll agree. In fact, despite being an avid fan of Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release I was rather unsure what to expect from SMD. Would their rather creative, quirky, analogue indie dance translate to a live arena at all? Well, a packed and excited crowd certainly seemed to think so and a few crafty shoves and elbows later I was just metres from the stage, confronted by some of the most bizarre technological equipment I had ever seen. Dominating the stage next to the obvious collection of synthesizers and decks stood what appeared to be an enormous switchboard, which later research revealed to be an enormous modular synth. This was going to be no ordinary gig and the immense array of strobe and neon lighting only whet my energetic appetite further.So, rather more impressed than on entry, the crowd eagerly awaited the arrival of the two reputable dance behemoths of Jas Shaw and superstar producer James Ford. Yet what strode on stage to a wall of noise and anticipation was not the uber-cool, removed men you might expect; these two looked like ordinary people. In fact for all his credentials James Ford was more reminiscent of Superbad’s Jonah Hill than an arty disinterested DJ, but I’ll be damned if anyone thinks this is a bad thing. Throughout the gig the pair looked like they were really having a good time and despite an absence of vocal banter the crowd responded in kind. The atmosphere only grew as the music began, with extended mixes of expanded dance stompers backed up by a plethora of strobe flashes and neon bursts to whip the crowd into a raving frenzy. Naturally the big hits stood out, especially the extended version of ‘Hustler’ with its insistent background beats and catchy lead hooks leading an expansive crescendo and the encore opening ‘I Believe’ changing the tone with its swaying, airy melody and old skool synth lead. My only complaint is that it was too short; at most an hour on stage didn’t quite satisfy my dancing appetite. Yet without a doubt this gig exceeded my expectations. To be honest I was rather more looking forward to Justice; now it’s the French duo that has something to match up to.– By Sean Lennonlast_img read more


first_imgThis year Governor Mike Pence and  the Indiana State legislature dangled a carrot in front of local officials and said if they wanted to try to reach that carrot, they must give up some significant local power.  The carrot is the Regional Cities Initiative Grant. The power they give up will be to a Regional Development Authority (IC-36-7.6). This money is not promised in any future budgets because it will be funded with tax amnesty receipts.Out of five counties in the “Our Southern Indiana” region considering this, 3 have denied joining a Regional Development Authority. Washington County is willing to reconsider, but there are no promises they will join. The proponents of this thing have said in multiple meetings that “31 counties have joined an RDA!” Their insult is then worded, “Have we somehow cracked a magic code that makes us smarter than them”?  I argue “YES!” we have had people read the actual bill (IC-36-7.6) and sound alarms. Other counties might not have had Paul Reveres sounding alarms so their citizens don’t even realize yet what has happened to them.Only when they realize they gave up their private property rights to an appointed board…they realize that in order to supposedly create economic development they will be removing property from the tax rolls they realize that in order to get the state’s lottery money, they have to be willing to match it dollar for dollar they can’t remove any of the appointees without having widespread Regional Executive Agreement.They realize other areas of the region can bind them with federal mandates by accepting funds with strings attached will they realize the beast their elected officials have created.The only reason Clark County was able to be forewarned and engaged was because of the patriot, Kelly Khuri.  Without her being on the county council to sound the alarm when the RDA was put on the agenda, we would not have been prepared.  For ample proof of it, notice the counties that passed the non-binding resolution on the first read, and then when actually educated on the risks balked at the idea. Unlike Clark, which voted 7-0 against the non-binding resolution because we pointed out the facts.  One Southern Indiana immediately began focusing all lobbying pressure on them.  Without Clark, there was no “Region”.  The people who want this appointed board’s power could not give up on Clark!I applaud Jim Wathen on the Floyd County Council for having common sense and the foresight to see 3 steps ahead instead of just the lottery ticket they are selling. His analogy with the hospital board was brilliant and factual.Martina WebsterSellersburg IndianaFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Organic Trade Board plans to double value of organic

first_imgThe Organic Trade Board (OTB) has made its first senior appointment as part of its plan to double the value of organic trade over the next five years.Finn Cottle, previously of Sainsbury’s, Somerfield and the Noble Foods Group, joined the board on 1 June. Her role will be as a consultant to the OTB, and will include establishing the current status of organic businesses throughout the UK, and working with them to “knock down those barriers that are hampering growth”.“These challenging times are ripe for organic businesses to take advantage of opportunities to re-define themselves, reach out and build relationships with the public,” said Cottle. “I am looking forward to establishing the base for the OTB in developing the businesses of our members.” The OTB is a not-for-profit organisation co-ordinated by business leaders from across the UK’s organic industry to develop, promote and support organic trade in the UK.For more information or to become a member, visit read more

Creedence Clearwater Revival To Release Remastered 50th-Anniversary Deluxe Box Set

first_imgHeralded as one of the greatest rock acts of all time, Creedence Clearwater Revival is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Formed in 1968 in the Bay Area, the group composed of singer and lead guitarist John Fogerty, his brother rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, bassist Stu Cook, and drummer Doug Clifford set itself apart from other bands at the time in the region by tapping into a more Southern rock vibe. Despite only being active for a short period of time during the late ’60s and early ’70s, the group was prolific, releasing seven studio albums during that short span between ’68 and ’72.In celebration of Credence Clearwater Revival’s 50th anniversary, Craft Recordings is releasing a deluxe box set featuring all seven of the band’s studio albums—Creedence Clearwater Revival (1968), Bayou Country (1969), Green River (1969), Willy and the Poor Boys (1969), Cosmo’s Factory (1970), Pendulum (1970), and Mardi Gras (1970)—pressed on 180-gram LPs in tip-on jackets replicating each album’s original packaging. As noted in a press release, each album in the box set was mastered at half-speed at Abbey Road Studio, allowing for “an exceptional level of sonic clarity and punch, bringing these classic recordings a new vibrancy.” In addition to the complete studio album collection, the deluxe box set also contains an 80-page book with liner notes from famed music journalist Roy Trakin, in addition to archival photos and reproductions of the band’s ephemera.As Miles Showell, an award-winning engineer at Abbey Road, explained about the mastering process,I’ve tried to be as authentic as I could, and just make it sound like music. Not over-hyped, not over-processed. Up until now a lot of processing has been done on these recordings, so my approach was to strip them right back and just expose them for what they are — because what they are is great music.For those interested, you can pre-order the Creedence Clearwater Revival deluxe 50th-anniversary box set here.last_img read more

Men’s basketball on a roll

first_img 8Harvard’s Christian Webster (left) and Keith Wright squeeze out a Dartmouth player as all three vie for the rebound.Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 1Nationally ranked for the first time in college history, the Harvard men’s basketball team lined up on the foul line for the pre-game playing of the National Anthem. The Crimson continued their winning streak, beating Dartmouth, 63-47, on Jan. 7, extending their storybook season. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer 22Hot and bothered: The Harvard bench contests the ref’s call. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer 3Brandyn Curry’s three-point play helped Harvard take the lead in the second half. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer 23Young fans enjoy the show. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer 10Brandyn Curry helped the Crimson offensively and defensively as they shut down Dartmouth. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer 7Another fan, Nicole Sliva, sunk the basketball and won the pizza. Celebrating behind her is Magda Robak. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer 25Coach Tommy Amaker closely observes his nationally ranked team. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer Coach Tommy Amaker and his Harvard men’s basketball team began the second half of their breakout season with a 15-2 record and the University’s first national ranking in the sport. The passionate group of young men, led by captains Keith Wright ’12 and Oliver McNally ’12, has been playing in front of boisterous, sell-out crowds in Lavietes Pavilion. The team’s sweet dreams for the rest of the season would include winning an Ivy League crown and gaining an NCAA playoff berth. 9Crimson Head Coach Tommy Amaker led his team into the polls as a top 25 nationally ranked team for the first time in school history earlier this season. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 6During halftime, Harvard students like Alaina Murphy (center) shot from the foul line in hopes of winning a free pizza. She missed. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer 20But he gets by with a little help from his teammates. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer 5Harvard’s Brandyn Curry (left) fights for a loose ball. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer 13After the game, players convened to autograph photos for fans. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer 4Throngs of Harvard students attended the game, which was close until the Crimson came alive in the second half, outscoring the Big Green. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographercenter_img 18The Harvard bench, including coach Tommy Amaker (left), get enthused after Moundou-Missi’s dunk. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer 26Whoop, there it is! The team gets pumped as the game heats up. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer 24Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds (right) enjoyed a courtside seat. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer 15In a Jan. 24 round against George Washington University, Harvard men won, 69-48, as they continued their charge toward the Ivy league title and an NCAA berth. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 19Harvard’s Laurent Rivard falls into the bench… Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer 16Kenyatta Smith (left) and Jonah Travis (center) attack a loose ball under the net. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer 27The score with three and a half minutes remaining says it all, as Harvard’s season continues to flourish. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer 2Harvard’s Laurent Rivard looks around for help as he dribbles on his knees after grabbing a loose ball — and eluding the whistle. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer 14A Harvard player gives a low-five to a young fan waiting in line to have a team photograph signed. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer 11Harvard President Drew Faust was at the game, which was Harvard’s second sellout of the season. She and husband Charles Rosenberg (far left) sat in new courtside seats that were added along with a new press box, both built to accommodate the growing interest in the program. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer 17Harvard’s Steve Moundou-Missi dunks one, and hangs on. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer 12Wesley Saunders (left) and Matt Brown greeted young fans after the game in Lavietes Pavilion. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer 21Rivard even gets high-fived after drawing the foul Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographerlast_img read more

Learning experience for parents

first_imgAt Sanders Theatre this weekend, a mother explained that she had cooked a special breakfast for the whole family to share together on her daughter’s first morning home — a plan that was derailed when her daughter slept until 1:30 p.m.“I’m just thrilled that you’re eating it now,” the mother said.“Thanks,” the daughter said, mumbling through giant forkfuls of the homemade meal. “Actually, waking up now is perfect, because I’m meeting Brianna at 2 p.m.”“Oh,” the mother said dejectedly. “Well, what time will you be back?”“Um … tomorrow?”Sanders Theatre erupted in a sympathetic roar of laughter. The onstage presentation, performed by Katherine Damm ’13 and Ezra Stoller ’15 — both members of Harvard’s improvisation group, the Immediate Gratification Players — clearly resonated with the audience of parents on campus for Freshman Parents Weekend.The student-improvised scenes were included to help parents better understand the challenges their teens face as new Harvard students, not only adjusting to life on campus, but also to life when returning home. A panel of Harvard administrators addressed the themes illustrated during the presentation.“I think part of what the daughter was trying to get across in this exchange is that freshmen feel like they really change during these first few months at college,” said panel member Anya Bernstein Bassett, director of undergraduate studies and senior lecturer in social studies. “They want to convey that they feel really different, and I think the acknowledgment of that can be huge.”During her welcome remarks, Harvard President Drew Faust thanked parents for trusting their children to the University.“The span of time between move-in weekend and this weekend has probably felt infinitesimal and infinite,” Faust said. “Over the past few weeks, your sons and daughters have embarked on educational journeys like none they’ve taken before. I want your children to feel comfortable here, to find their connections, and to use those connections of feeling truly at home here. But at the same time, I want your children to feel comfortable with being uncomfortable: to embrace ever-present opportunities to upset the notions of who they are as they imagine the possibilities of who they can become. This, in my mind, is one of the great strengths of a liberal arts education — taking risks and striking off in unexpected new directions.”President Drew Faust offered welcoming remarks to parents gathered inside Sanders Theatre.Evelynn M. Hammonds, dean of Harvard College, invited parents to learn more about the many Harvard communities available to their sons and daughters. “By now, your children are starting to settle in at the College,” Hammonds said. “By the end of this weekend, I hope you will also start to feel more comfortable with their new world, and have a better idea of what it has to offer them. Harvard is a big university, but there are many small communities within it, places where students can feel known and accepted.”During his keynote address, Richard Light, the Carl H. Pforzheimer Jr. Professor of Teaching and Learning, shared several suggestions, gathered from 1,600 Harvard students over 10 years, on making the most of the opportunities at Harvard. Light’s book on these interviews, Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds, donates all proceeds to student scholarships at Harvard.Light said that he encouraged students to get to know one Harvard faculty member each semester. “Even if you only succeed half of the time, by the time you graduate, you will know four or five Harvard faculty members reasonably well,” Light said. “Those faculty members may be willing to write letters of recommendation for graduate school, scholarships, or other opportunities down the road.”Light also shared that students who felt the most satisfied with their student experience their first year were those who took only some required courses. Those who stepped outside their comfort zones and explored new academic fields of interest, he said, reported the highest satisfaction with Harvard’s academic challenges. Another key to success at Harvard, Light said, was time. In his role as an adviser, he said, “One of my students told me, ‘Here at Harvard, time is my most precious commodity.’ ” Light added, “I tell my students to be productive: Don’t just ‘hang’ or ‘chill.’ ”At the end of the keynote lecture, the crowd of parents took that advice themselves, gathering their coats, enthusiastic to explore more of the campus that their sons and daughters now call home.last_img read more

Recalling a pioneer of modern political economy

first_imgIn a piece published Sunday in The Washington Post, Summers wrote of his friendship with Alesina and the mark he left as a scholar. The two met when Alesina was a graduate student at Harvard in the 1980s.“It is hard to imagine the field of political economy without him,” Summers wrote in his appreciation. “At the time, there were a few economists interested in understanding politics rather than telling politicians what to do. And there were a few political scientists interested in economic issues. But there was no academic field of political economy. Today, political economy is an important component of economics and political science.”At Harvard, Alesina taught classes on the role of culture in economics and the many areas of political economy, including theories of economic reform, privatization, and elections.Alesina’s role as a mentor to students was well-known, said Jeremy Stein, chair of the Economics Department and the Moise Y. Safra Professor of Economics. “When he would poke his head in my door to chat, it was often to check in about a student we had in common, to make sure they were doing OK not only in their work, but on a personal level,” said Stein.Alesina was chair of the Economics Department from 2003‒2006. He was a member of the Center for Economic Policy Research, the Econometric Society, and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He served as an editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics.A prolific writer, he published 142 articles in academic journals, often in collaboration with other economists and doctoral students. He remained connected to his beloved Italy through his alma mater, Bocconi University, and the columns he published in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. “He was devoted to his students, going out of his way to help their careers, but you could just as easily walk into his office cold for the first time …” — Dani Rodrik But as much as he loved his work, Alesina’s passion for life was legendary. He loved hiking, skiing, the opera, and the Rolling Stones. Students often found a sign hanging on his door that said, “Why work when you can ski?”Alesina’s legacy will be felt in the field of political economy, but the memory of his gentle spirit and warm soul will be treasured by his friends, students, and colleagues. In an email, Rodrik said Alesina’s playful mind, contagious laugh, and unassuming personality stood out, as did his warmth and affection for others.“He was also one of the friendliest, most open personalities in the economics world,” said Rodrik. “He was devoted to his students, going out of his way to help their careers, but you could just as easily walk into his office cold for the first time, and you would encounter someone who was interested in what you had to say, would follow up with questions, and would crack a joke or two before you left. What made him a great friend as well as a scholar was that the childish wonder he had for the world and how it worked (or didn’t) never left him.” “Alberto’s reach was boundless,” said Stefanie Stantcheva, professor of economics and a close collaborator of Alesina, in an email to the Gazette. “Taking a genuinely interdisciplinary approach that combined economics with political science, sociology, history, and even cultural anthropology, he transformed economics for the better.”In recent years, Stantcheva and Alesina had examined the sizable differences between people’s perceptions and reality, a timely topic in this age of polarization. One paper showed that pervasive misperceptions about immigration undermine support for redistributive programs. Another found that Americans are polarized not only over policy, but even in their perception of verifiable reality. The authors also showed that Americans are overly optimistic about the possibility of achieving the American dream of upward mobility while Europeans are overly pessimistic about their prospects for rising.Widely regarded as one of the most creative economists of his time, Alesina was known for having a knack for finding important questions that nobody had asked before, and for coming up with big ideas that influenced generations of researchers.As a scholar, Alesina was a force of nature, said Jeffry Frieden, professor of government. The questions Alesina raised, he said, were driven by an endless curiosity and vast energy, whether it was why there is so often divided government in the U.S. or how the plow changed the role of women in society.“The hallmark of Alberto Alesina is that he asked extraordinarily interesting questions about just about everything, and he came up with really interesting answers and opened up whole fields,” said Frieden in a phone interview. “He worked on economic policy, and that is a continuing field within political economy. He studied political economy and culture, and there is now an NBER group that studies political economy and culture. Virtually every set of topics that he got interested in, he created or contributed to the creation of an ongoing strand of research that carries on.”The Italian-born economist was not afraid of controversy. Alesina earned some criticism when he became a proponent of fiscal austerity during the Great Recession of 2008‒2009. On May 19, the Manhattan Institute, a free-market think tank, awarded its prestigious Hayek Book Prize to a work he produced with Carlo Favero and Francesco Giavazzi titled “Austerity: When It Works and When It Doesn’t.” That book argued that, in some cases, spending cuts to reduce budget deficits are less harmful than tax increases.The news of Alesina’s death led to an outpouring of tributes from friends, colleagues, and former students who spoke of his warm personality, self-deprecating humor, generosity, and of the many ways he inspired them. Glaeser wrote of how “his wisdom and warmth could light any seminar room, and even bring life to a faculty meeting.”Stantcheva, recalling Alesina’s wit, said that he was not “just one of the world’s finest economists, but he was among the funniest ones.” Frieden said he was going to miss his laugh and joking around with him. “We kidded each other pretty mercilessly, he for my love of baseball, me for his inability to appreciate the greatest of all games,” Frieden said. He was not “just one of the world’s finest economists, but he was among the funniest ones.” — Stefanie Stantchevacenter_img Alberto Alesina, one of the world’s most influential economists who applied economic analysis to thorny social and political problems and helped found the field of modern political economy, died Saturday at age 63 of an apparent heart attack while hiking with his wife, Susan. He taught at Harvard for more than three decades.Alesina, Ph.D. ’86, was the Nathaniel Ropes Professor of Political Economy and a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Alesina had directed the bureau’s Political Economic Program since its creation in 2006. According to Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at the Kennedy School of Government, Alesina almost single-handedly established the interdisciplinary field, which has become a vital tool in public policy across a range of issues.Trained as a macroeconomist, Alesina believed in expanding the frontiers of economics into the spheres of political science and sociology. He was a trailblazer in the use of economic tools to understand fundamental questions about the organization and behavior of various cultures and societies, such as how political instability affects economic growth or why Americans are less willing than Europeans to consider ways to promote redistribution of wealth.Because of the wide-ranging impact of his work, Alesina was for years considered a likely and worthy contender for the Nobel Prize in Economics, said Ed Glaeser, the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics. His work on how ethnic fragmentation harms economic performance predicted the recent backlash against immigration in the U.S. and Europe; and his studies about the optimal size of nation-states had a large influence on debates around the European Union. A paper co-authored in 1993 by Alesina and Harvard President Emeritus and Charles W. Eliot University Professor Lawrence Summers, then a U.S. Treasury official, showed that independent central banks can best control inflation, which played a role in the movement toward central bank independence. “The hallmark of Alberto Alesina is that he asked extraordinarily interesting questions about just about everything, and he came up with really interesting answers and opened up whole fields.” — Jeffry Friedenlast_img read more