Michael P. Grace II Associate Professor of Economics
Eric Sims is an economist whose principal research interest is in macroeconomics, with a particular focus on business cycles. Some of his past work has looked at the role of news, confidence, and uncertainty in generating economic fluctuations. He is currently working in the areas of monetary and fiscal policy. Sims’ research has been published in leading academic journals, including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Monetary Economics, and the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics. His work has been covered in the popular press in periodicals such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Economist.
Sims is a faculty research fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research, the largest non-profit economic research organization in the United States. He also holds the title of research professor at the IFO Institute, a research organization based in Munich, Germany. He has had extended visits to the Federal Reserve Banks of Minneapolis and St. Louis, and ranks as one of the top young economists on IDEAS, a citations based ranking service in economics. At Notre Dame he teaches courses in macroeconomics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
A gift from Michael P. Grace (’41) eventually led to the establishment of three Grace Professorships at Notre Dame. Grace was an oil and gas investor and former theatrical producer from Venice, Cali. His father, Joseph Grace, was memorialized at the University with the naming of Grace Hall and the Grace-Rupley Professorships.