Economic Development

Emily Breza

Emily Breza

Assistant Professor of Economics

Emily Breza joined the Economics Department as an Assistant Professor in January 2017.  She received her PhD in Economics from MIT and her BA from Yale University. After graduate school, she joined the faculty of Columbia Business School in the Finance and Economics Division.  Her research focuses on development economics, social networks, and household finance. She is particularly interested the social and behavioral aspects of how individuals interact with credit and labor markets.

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Littauer Center M-28
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Melissa Dell

Melissa Dell

Andrew E. Furer Professor of Economics

Melissa Dell is a former Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and a Global Scholar in the Institutions, Organizations and Growth program at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Melissa's research focuses on the interplay between the state, non-state actors, and economic development. In particular, she has examined the relationship between government crackdowns and drug violence in Mexico, as well as the persistence of poverty in Mexico and Peru.... Read more about Melissa Dell

Littauer Center M-24
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Nathan Nunn

Nathan Nunn

Frederic E. Abbe Professor of Economics

Nathan Nunn is Frederic E. Abbe Professor of Economics at Harvard University. Professor Nunn’s primary research interests are in political economy, economic history, economic development, cultural economics, and international trade. He is an NBER Faculty Research Fellow, a Research Fellow at BREAD, a Faculty Associate at Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA), and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) in the Boundaries, Membership & Belonging program. 
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Littauer Center M-25
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Dwight Perkins

Dwight Perkins

Emeriti- Harold Hitchigs Burbank Professor of Political Economy

Dwight H. Perkins' previous positions at Harvard include Associate Director of the East Asian (now Fairbank) Research Center, 1973-1977; chairman of the Department of Economics, 1977-1980; Director of the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID), the University’s former multi-disciplinary institute for research, teaching, and technical assistance on development policy,1980-1995; and Director of the Harvard University Asia Center, 2002-2005. He has authored or edited twelve books and over one hundred articles on economic history and economic development, with special references to the economies of east and southeast Asia.

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Littauer Center M-14
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Gautam Rao

Gautam Rao

Associate 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 joined the Department of Economics at Harvard as an Assistant Professor in July  2015 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2019. 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.

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Claire Paddock 

Littauer Center M-30
Amartya Sen

Amartya Sen

Thomas W. Lamont University Professor

Amartya Sen is Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, and Professor of Economics and Philosophy, at Harvard University and was until 2004 the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge.  He has served as President of Econometric Society, Indian Economic Association, American Economic Association, and International Economic Association.  His research has ranged over a number of fields in economics, philosophy, decision theory and social choice theory.  His books have been translated into over thirty languages.  Sen has received the Bharat Ratna (India), the National Humanities Medal (USA), Commandeur de la Légion d’Honneur (France), the Ordem do Mérito Científico (Brazil), the Aztec Eagle (Mexico), and the Nobel Prize in economics.... Read more about Amartya Sen

Littauer Center 205
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Jeffrey Williamson

Jeffrey Williamson

Laird Bell Professor of Economics, Emeritus

Jeffrey Gale Williamson served as Chairman of the Economics Department 1997-2000 and as the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies 2001-2002 and...

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350 South Hamilton Street
Apartment 1002
Madison, WI 53703

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