Lawrence M v D Schloss Economics Prize

2013 Recipients: Alan I. Barreca and Jonathan Pritchett

Mr. Lawrence M. v. D. Schloss, 1976 cum laude graduate from Tulane, now Chief Investment Officer for the $140 billion New York City Retirement Systems following a successful 30-year career in private equity, has endowed a Lawrence M. v. D. Schloss Prize for Excellence in Economics. “The Schloss Prize is to be offered to outstanding full professors, associate professors, or assistant professors, or graduate or undergraduate students, who do outstanding work in the Department of Economics.”

Mr. Schloss has had a distinguished career in the financial services industry. Following his 1976 graduation from Tulane, he went on to earn an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1978. He then joined Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ) in 1978 as an investment banker, and during his 22 years at DLJ rose to become Chairman of DLJ's Merchant Banking Division. Upon the acquisition of DLJ by Credit Suisse in 2000, he became the Global Head of CSFB Private Equity, its $32 billion alternative asset investment management business. In 2004, he founded and became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Castle Holdings, a private equity firm. In 2010 he was appointed New York City's Deputy Comptroller for Pensions and the Chief Investment Officer and Trustee of the now $140 billion New York City pension funds.

In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees of Tulane University, Mr. Schloss is a member of the New York City Police and Fire Widows’ Fund and the Children’s Benefit Fund. He has also joined the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Investor Advisory Committee on Financial Markets.

There are two 2013 recipients of the Schloss Prize. Jonathan Pritchett is the recipient of the Schloss Prize for Excellence in Outreach and Service. Alan I. Barreca is the recipient for Excellence in Research.

Jonathan Pritchett is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics. He received a B.A. in economics from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. He has been at Tulane since 1985.

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Jonathan Pritchett

Jon has made outstanding contributions to the Department of Economics both as both a teacher and as a researcher. His scholarship evaluates the economics of the slave trade of the United States, often focusing on the New Orleans slave market, and he has volunteered to teach the Department’s new “extra large” introductory microeconomics classes. What truly separates Jon’s recent accomplishments from those of other productive colleagues is a remarkable contribution to service and outreach. These activities include:

· Serving as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for more than 15 years.
· Advising countless undergraduate majors, including 1/8 of the Department’s over 200 present majors.
· Supervising and co-authoring research with dozens of undergraduate students.
· Co-organizing the construction of the Department’s econometrics laboratory, a Tilton Hall facility that consists of state-of-the-art technology for faculty instruction and student computer use, funded with generous support from Provost Michael Bernstein and Dean of the School of Liberal Arts Carole Haber.
· Winning a National Science Foundation grant (with Professor Keith Finlay) that provides research opportunities for undergraduate economics students from Tulane University and other institutions.
· Serving on the School of Liberal Arts Curriculum Committee.
· Serving on the Physical Facilities Committee.

Jon has also served as Chair of the Department of Economics, as a member of the University Senate (including membership on several Senate committees), as a member and chair of the Student Affairs Committee for the Senate, on the School’s Promotions and Tenure Committee, on the Student Academic Judiciary Committee, and as a member of the Newcomb Honor Board, among many other activities.

Outreach and service activities are often taken for granted. However, they are essential to the proper functioning of every department. Jon’s contributions in these areas have vastly improved the quality of the teaching and research environment for faculty and students alike, both now and in the past.

More details on Jon’s activities can be found on his Tulane website, at .

Alan I. Barreca is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 2000 with a B.S. in Economics and from the University of California, Davis in 2008 with a Ph.D. in Economics. He joined the Tulane faculty in 2008.

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Alan I. Barreca

Alan’s broad research interests include labor economics, health economics, and applied microeconometrics. Much of his research has focused on understanding the relationship between climate, health, and economic well-being. Including work on the long-term effects of exposure to malaria during early childhood, the effects of humidity on mortality in the United States, and the effects of demographic changes on the incidence of malaria in the early 20th Century United States.

In just this last year, Alan has published three articles on these issues, including:

· “Absolute Humidity, Temperature, and Influenza Mortality: 30 Years of County-Level Evidence from the United States” (with Jay Shimshack), American Journal of Epidemiology, available at
· “Agricultural Policy, Migration, and Malaria in the United States in the 1930s” (with Price Fishback and Shawn Kantor), Explorations in Economic History, available at
· “Climate Change, Humidity, and Mortality in the United States”, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, available at .

He also has several other working papers and book reviews. The common theme running through these papers is the attempt to understand both the causes and effects of infectious diseases and the relationship between the climate and economic well-being.

More details on Alan’s activities can be found on his Tulane website, at or at

The Department of Economics is proud of Jon’s and Alan’s accomplishments. The Department’s selection committee (Stefano Barbieri, Keith Finlay, Douglas Nelson, Jay Shimshack, and James Alm) was unanimous in the recommendation that they be the 2013 joint recipients of the Lawrence M. v. D. Schloss Prize for Excellence in Economics.

The Department of Economics is grateful to Mr. Schloss for his generous and ongoing support, which has made possible the recognition of Jon’s and Alan’s accomplishments. Previous Schloss Prize winners are Marco Castaneda (2009), Jay Shimshack (2010), Stefano Barbieri (2011), Keith Finlay (2012), and Douglas Nelson (2012).

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