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Wladimir S. and Emma S. Woytinsky Fellowship Fund

This fellowship is for graduate students preparing their PhD in the field of economics and/or statistics, preferably in the second or third year of their study. The fellowship should be awarded by the Department of Economics on the recommendation of its fellowship committee on the merit of the applicant’s work, without particular attention to the financial status of his/her parents.

Economists Wladimir Savelievich Woytinsky and his wife Emma emigrated to the United States from Russia in 1933. Wladimir became one of the architects of the Social Security system and was the principal economist of the Social Security Board, where he served until 1947. He wrote two books with his wife, World Population and Production (1953) and World Commerce and Government (1955). His autobiography, Stormy Passage, was published in 1961. The Special Collections Library in the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library at the University of Michigan houses Wladimir’s writings, 1905-1960.

Hiroshi Toma

Hiroshi Toma is a fifth-year student in the PhD in Economics program at the University ofMichigan. His research fields are Macroeconomics and International Trade. His research agenda focuses on (i) how financial mechanisms transmit international macroeconomic shocks across small open economies, (ii)how economic expectations are formed and how this affects the macroeconomy and (iii) how firm-to-firm trade networks are shaped. Prior to starting the PhD program, he earned his Master and Bachelor degrees in Economics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.