Jacques Artus Award

Every year, the Jacques Artus Award is presented to the IDEC MS student who has shown excellence in research, demonstrated continuous hard work in the classroom, and has distinguished themselves as contributors to the public good of the Economics department. 

Past awardees


Winner: Yibekal Tessema

Thesis: The Role of Learning Styles in the Uptake of Index Insurance: Evidence from Kenya


2020 Winner Ryan McWay

Winner: Ryan McWay

Thesis: Cruising Through School: General Equilibrium Effects of Cruise Ship Arrivals on Employment and Education

Current position: Research Associate at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research

2020 Runner-up James Dumlao

Runner-up: James Dumlao

Thesis: Innovation Dynamics of Cultural Production: Evidence in  Rap Lyrics

Current position: Research Data Analyst at California Department of Industrial Relations

2020 Runner up Anna Subirana

Runner-up: Anna Subirana

Thesis: The Role of High-Fructose Corn Syrup Imports in Child and Women Obesity



2019 Winner Isabel Miranda

Isabel Miranda

Thesis: The Long-run Effects of Tropical Cyclones on Infant Mortality

Current position: Program Innovation Coordinator at Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University

2019 Winner Shikhar Mehra

Shikhar Mehra

Thesis: Economic Shocks and Personality Traits of the Ultra-Poor

Current position: Data Scientist at Data Intensive Development Lab - UC Berkeley


2018 Winner Charlotte Amy Taylor

Winner: Charlotte Amy Taylor

Thesis: Sweden’s Great Escape: Industrialization and the Changing Productivity Cost of Winter

Current position: Policy Analyst and Research Advisor at Grantham Research Institute



Matthew Krupoff

Thesis: Income Shocks and the Acceptance of Intimate Partner Violence in Indonesia

Current position: Research Analyst at The World Bank

Berenger Djoumessi Tiague

Thesis: Agricultural Technology Adoption and Adaptation Strategies Under Climate Change: Micro-evidence from Niger

Current position: PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota and Consultant at The World Bank