Economics Department Welcomes New Faculty Members

Author: Marie Revak

Three new members of the regular faculty and one visiting professor have joined the Department of Economics at the University of Notre Dame for the 2021-22 academic year. These new hires contribute to the department’s research strengths in applied microeconomics. They will also be offering exciting new courses for the department’s expanding undergraduate major.

The new hires for this academic year include assistant professors Evan Mast and Adrienne Sabety, visiting assistant teaching professor Cora Bennett, and associate teaching professor Davin Raiha. “We are pleased to welcome Evan, Adrienne, Cora, and Davin to the economics family at Notre Dame,” said Eric Sims, department chair and Michael P. Grace II Collegiate Professor of Economics. “These hires contribute to existing areas of strength and help to shore up teaching needs. Evan is an expert in urban economics and has already published several articles in excellent journals. He contributes to a burgeoning strength in the department in the economics of housing. Adrienne is an expert in health economics, complementing our already strong group of health economists. Cora works in the broad area of applied microeconomics and has a real passion for teaching. She will be teaching principles of economics and public economics this coming year, along with getting involved with our undergraduate advising. Davin studies real estate economics, and will be offering two new undergraduate electives – one on money, credit, and mortgage markets, and the other on the economics of sports.”

Sabety will have an affiliation with the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO). Mast and Raiha will have affiliations with Notre Dame’s Fitzgerald Institute for Real Estate. “The growth and success of LEO has been instrumental for the overall growth of our department,” said Sims. “We are delighted to add another LEO affiliate to the ranks of our tenured and tenure-track faculty.” Sims went on to add: “Our department has a great working relationship with the relatively new Fitzgerald Institute. We could not be more pleased to add scholars and teachers of the caliber of Evan and Davin, and are grateful to the Institute for their partnership and support.”

Evan Mast

Evan Mast is an applied microeconomist specializing in urban economics and public finance. He received his PhD from Stanford University in 2017, and comes to Notre Dame after a four-year stint at the Upjohn Institute in Kalamzoo, MI. His work has been published in the Review of Economics and Statistics, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, and Journal of Urban Economics. This fall, he will be teaching a class on the economics of housing.

“I chose Notre Dame because of the outstanding faculty, both in my field and others,” Mast said. “I am excited to start working with my new colleagues and to be in the classroom with the excellent graduate and undergraduate students at the university!”

Adrienne Sabety

Adrienne Sabety received her PhD from Harvard University in 2020. She spent the 2020-21 academic year as a post-doctoral fellow with the National Bureau of Economic Research. She is an applied microeconomist with a particular focus on health. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Public Health and the American Economic Review. She joins the department as the Wilson Family LEO assistant professor of economics. This fall, she will be teaching principles of microeconomics.

On coming to Notre Dame, Sabety said: “Notre Dame is an exceptional department filled with passionate researchers and a collaborative culture.”

Cora Bennett

Cora Bennett received her PhD in 2021 from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She earned her BA from Seton Hall University in 2016, where she was a varsity swimmer. She joins the department as a visiting assistant teaching professor. Her research interests include public economics and the economics of education. This fall, she will be teaching principles of microeconomics. For spring 2022, she will also be offering an undergraduate elective in public economics.

About coming to Notre Dame, Bennett said: “I was excited by the opportunity to teach at an institution that wholly embraces its Catholic mission and to work with the remarkable faculty within the Department of Economics.”

Davin Raiha

Davin Raiha received his PhD from Stanford University. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, he taught at the University of Western Ontario and Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. He joins Notre Dame as an associate teaching professor. His research interests lie at the intersection of economics and public policy, with a special focus on real estate markets, residential housing public policy, the political economy of commercial real estate, and the economics of sports. This fall, Davin will be teaching undergraduate electives in money, credit, and mortgage markets and sports economics.

On joining the faculty at Notre Dame, Raiha said: “I’m excited to be joining an outstanding and welcoming community of scholars in both economics and real estate, and a vibrant Catholic institution where faith and academic pursuits are meaningfully integrated.”

About the Department of Economics

The Department of Economics at Notre Dame is internationally recognized for its contributions to academic research and economic policymaking. It boasts more than 40 regular faculty members, one of the largest undergraduate majors at Notre Dame, and a doctoral program with more than 40 PhD students. It is ranked in the top quartile of economics departments in the United States by Ideas/RePEc. The department is committed to providing the highest quality instruction in modern economic analysis and to conducting innovative, policy-relevant research, all while fostering and contributing to the Catholic mission of the University of Notre Dame.