I should introduce Benjamin ("Ben") Connault, Penn's newly-hired young econometrician, arriving from Princeton any day now. We're extremely grateful to Bo Honoré, Ulrich Müller, Andriy Norets, and Chris Sims for sending him our way.
Frank is the de facto required name for male Penn econometricians (as in Frank Schorfheide, Frank DiTraglia, and yours truly), but Ben somehow managed to dodge the requirement. At any rate, if his name is highly original by Penn's standard, so too is his research, by any standard. Very much to his credit, Ben is an independent thinker whose econometrics isn't easily catagorized. Just check him out for yourself. We look forward to great things from him.