Meet the Chairman
Each fall, about 700 students—mostly freshman—enroll in Harvard’s introductory economics course, informally known as “Ec 10.” The students who fill Memorial Hall’s Sanders Theatre for lectures on supply, demand, taxation, trade, and more are taught by Department Chair, N. Gregory Mankiw.
Professor Mankiw—a man who served as Chairman of President George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers from 2003-2005, whose research and commentary has been published in international journals and newspapers, and whose best-selling textbook, Principles of Economics, has been translated into twenty languages—truly loves teaching. It’s quite a sight to see him sitting cross-legged on the grass with students at the annual undergraduate picnic.
Professor Mankiw also keeps a fascinating blog (Random Observations for Students of Economics) and loves dogs (named, of course, for economists)—Keynes (deceased) and Tobin.