Ping Wang was in Rochester just a year ahead of me, and wowed the profession with his dissertation. Good for him for being in this powerful position now, and plaudits for Marcus Berliant. It’s not often you see nice people in high positions in this cut-throat business.
And no, non-economist readers, I haven’t abandoned you. It just seems so… (But isn’t this article interesting on general grounds? For instance, I would argue that no economist is worth $500,000 a year; not even half as much. Economists are not humble enough about the power of our discipline to improve the human condition.)