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Welcome New Faculty

We are excited to welcome our new faculty: Assistant Professor Jianfei Cao, Teaching Professor Mark Hooker, Assistant Professor Shariq Mohammed and Assistant Teaching Professor Xiaolin Shi.

Jianfei Cao studies applied and theoretical econometrics. His research has chiefly been in the areas of machine learning methods in economic applications, causal inference in comparative case studies, and weak identification. His most recent research has studied the use of unsupervised learning methods in forming clustering structures used in problems involving estimation and inference of causal effects. 

Mark Hooker will be teaching Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 1115), Applied Econometrics (ECON 2560), and Financial Econometrics & Computational Finance (ECON 5200). Prior to Northeastern University, he has taught at Dartmouth, Wellesley, and Boston Colleges. From 1997 to 2000 he served as a staff economist at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, and worked for more than a decade after that at State Street Global Advisors in Boston, primarily as head of its quantitative investment research group.

Shariq Mohammed will be teaching Econ 2316, Microeconomic Theory this semester. His research interests lie at the intersection of labor economics, economic history, and development economics. His current research focuses on two central and related questions: how does access to opportunities and other socio-economic outcomes differ across groups (e.g., race, gender, caste), and more importantly, what policies can help bridge this gap.

Xiaolin Shi’s teaching interests fall in the area of business statistics, financial markets, investment, and various aspects of Economics.  Her research interests include labor and demographics economics, applied econometrics, and public policy evaluations. Dr. Shi is the co-founder and an instructor of an educational institute Learning Lab International and is currently the research director at CIPRUN-Global, Inc. She worked at CUNY Queens College as a teaching professor and at State Street Global Advisors as a strategic researcher.

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