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October 12, 2006

Fisman Receives Rising Star Award

Ray Fisman, an associate professor in the Finance and Economics Division, received a Rising Star Award from the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program.


Ray Fisman, an associate professor in the Finance and Economics Division, received a Rising Star Award from the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program. The award recognizes professors who have demonstrated extraordinary promise early in their academic career.

It is one of five Faculty Pioneer Awards bestowed annually by the institute to honor professors who demonstrate leadership and risk taking in integrating social and environmental issues into academic research, educational programs and business practice. This year, 80 nominations were accepted from a dozen countries on five continents. Candidates are judged by their academic peers.

Fisman was also named to an economics dream team earlier this year by a Russian business magazine. His research focuses on economic development, particularly corruption; he has studied the value of political connections in Indonesia, smuggling between Hong Kong and China and the link between culture and corruption. He has also worked on topics in behavioral economics, including studies on the economics of altruism and racial preferences in dating. He is the research director of the School’s Social Enterprise Program, and his future research interests lie in the area of corporate social responsibility.

Fisman will be recognized at a ceremony cohosted by the Aspen Institute and Business for Social Responsibility at the Grand Hyatt in New York on November 10. Through seminars, policy programs, conferences and leadership development initiatives, the institute and its international partners seek to promote nonpartisan inquiry and an appreciation for timeless values. The Business and Society Program uses research and dialogue to support business leaders — from MBA students to Fortune 500 CEOs — in building a sustainable global society.