The Blum Center for Developing Economies has never had a chief economist before. I have never been a chief economist before. It is thus a brand new job in two senses.
The upside is that I thus get to define what the job is. And let me begin to do so by asking you:
What do you think I should make the job of Blum Center Chief Economist be?
I am, at the moment, engaged in two major tasks with looming deadlines that have to do with the work of the Blum Center:
Co-editing a book, After Piketty, on how economists' research agendas should shift in the aftermath of Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century.
Giving a lecture (on October 17, 2016) at Brown University on "Inequality", as part of their Janus Forum.