Joseph Vavra studies macroeconomics and monetary economics, labor, and computational economics. In his recent research he argues that monetary policy is less effective during volatile recessions, and he has also analyzed the dynamics of consumption during the Great Recession.
In addition to his prior teaching fellow and research assistant positions, Vavra worked as an intern at the White House Council of Economic Advisors. He has written several papers, including “Inflation Dynamics and Time-Varying Uncertainty: New Evidence and an Ss Interpretation.” His fellowships and awards include the George Trimis Dissertation prize in 2012.
Vavra holds a PhD, MPhil, and MA in economics from Yale University. Additionally, he earned a BA in mathematics, mathematical economic analysis, and statistics from Rice University.
Vavra joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2012.