Daniel Millimet appointed Dedman Trustee Professor

Professor Daniel Millimet was recently appointed as the Robert H. and Nancy Dedman Trustee Professor. This distinguished recognition is extremely well deserved and based on his outstanding economic research and deep commitment to the department especially in terms of supervising and mentoring PhD students.

A fresh Economics PhD graduate from Brown University, Dr. Millimet started at SMU as an Assistant Professor in 1999. His outstanding academic talents were evident very quickly as he published 17 papers in 2003 alone, which is essentially unheard of in the field of economics.

Topic-wise, these papers reflected what became his areas of specialty: microeconometric methods and applications to labor economics, environmental economics, and international trade. And many were published in very prominent journals, including two in the Review of Economics and Statistics, two in the Journal of Public Economics as well as single publications in the Journal of Econometrics, International Economic Review and Journal of Urban Economics. This remarkable combination of quality and productivity has continued over the last 15 years through his progression to Associate Professor in 2004, full Professor in 2009 and now the Robert H. and Nancy Dedman Trustee Professor.

Beyond the publications themselves, Dr. Millimet’s work has been recognized more generally by both academic journals and SMU. He has received annual best paper prizes from the Economic Journal (2000), the Berkeley Electronic Press (2008) and the Atlantic Economic Journal (2010). He was also named a Distinguished Author by the Journal of Applied Econometrics (2018) for his combined contributions over multiple years to that journal.

SMU also recognized his outstanding scholarly success and future research plans by awarding him a Gerald J. Ford Research Fellowship in 2009-10.

Dr. Millimet’s contributions to the department extend past his academic achievements. His mentoring and supervision of PhD students has been an indispensable part of the Economics PhD program. Twenty-four PhD graduates have had him as their primary advisor, and countless others as a member of their dissertation committee.

His ability to help them develop and excel in their own research is evident by many of his students now being tenured by places like University of Alabama, University of Las Vegas – Nevada, University of Richmond, Appalachian State University and Queensland University of Technology. And their respect for him is evident by the strong student-advisor co-authoring relationships that transformed into continued co-authoring between colleagues.

“I am very honored to be named the Robert H. and Nancy Dedman Trustee Professor at SMU. I always wanted to be a professor and SMU gave me that chance. SMU has provided and continues to provide an environment conducive to conducting research, mentoring graduate students, and engaging with intellectually curious undergraduates. I have gained so much from my professors, as well as my colleagues at SMU, over the years. I try to pay it forward every day. I look forward to contributing to the future growth of the department and SMU community.” — Daniel Millimet




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