Behavioral Economics

Ben Enke

Benjamin Enke

Assistant Professor of Economics

Benjamin Enke is an Assistant Professor at Harvard's Department of Economics. Ben received his Ph.D. in Economics from Bonn in 2016. His research focuses on experimental, behavioral, and cultural economics. Read more about Benjamin Enke

Littauer Center M-8
p: 617-496-5895
Xavier Gabaix

Xavier Gabaix

Pershing Square Professor of Economics and Finance

Xavier Gabaix is Pershing Square Professor of Economics and Finance at Harvard’s economics department. He received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris) and obtained his PhD in economics from Harvard University. His research focuses on finance, macroeconomics, and behavioral economics. He received the Fischer Black prize given every two years to the best financial economist under 40, the Bernacer prize given to the best European economist under 40 working in macroeconomics and finance, and the Lagrange and Allais Prizes. His research has been published in the American Economic Review, Econometrica, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Finance, and Nature. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and of the Center for Economic Policy Research.

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Littauer Center 209
p: 617-496-5197
David Laibson

David Laibson

Department Chair
Harvard College Professor, Robert I. Goldman Professor of Economics

David Laibson is a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he is Research Associate in the Asset Pricing, Economic Fluctuations, and Aging Working Groups.  Laibsonʼs research focuses on the topic of behavioral economics, and he is a co-leader of Harvard Universityʼs Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative.   Read more about David Laibson

Littauer Center M-12
p: 617-496-0053
Sendhill Mullainathan

Sendhil Mullainathan

Robert C. Waggoner Professor of Economics

Sendhil Mullainathan is the founder of ideas42, a non-profit organization devoted to taking insights about people from behavioral economics and using it to create novel policies, interventions, and products. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Founding Member of the Poverty Action Lab, and a Board Member of the Bureau of Research in the Economic Analysis of Development. He conducts research on machine learning, behavioral science, and poverty. Read more about Sendhil Mullainathan

Littauer Center M-18
p: 617-496-2720
Gautam Rao

Gautam Rao

Assistant Professor of Economics

Gautam Rao received his Ph.D. in Economics from UC Berkeley in 2014, and is presently a post-doctoral research fellow at Microsoft Research Labs, New England. He will begin an appointment as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics at Harvard in July 2015. Gautam's research brings insights from psychology to bear on topics in economics, particularly topics relevant to developing countries. Recent projects include studying how mixing rich and poor students in schools in India affects social preferences and behaviors, how citizens are motivated to vote by social image concerns, and how innovative financial contracts can help patients with hypertension overcome their self-control problems in rural India. In addition to working in behavioral and development economics, he has secondary interests in political and labor economics.

Littauer Center M-30
Andrei Shleifer

Andrei Shleifer

Professor of Economics

Andrei Shleifer has worked in the areas of comparative corporate governance, law and finance, behavioral finance, as well as institutional economics. He has published six books, including The Grabbing Hand (with Robert Vishny), and Inefficient Markets: An Introduction to Behavioral Finance, as well as over a hundred articles. In 1999, Shleifer won the John Bates Clark medal of the American Economic Association. Read more about Andrei Shleifer

Littauer Center M-9
p: 617-496-2606