Public Economics

David Cutler

David M. Cutler

Harvard College Professor, Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics

David Cutler has developed an impressive record of achievement in both academia and the public sector. He served as Assistant Professor of Economics from 1991 to 1995, was named John L. Loeb Associate Professor of Social Sciences in 1995, and received tenure in 1997. He is currently the Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics in the Department of Economics and holds secondary appointments at the Kennedy School of Government and the School of Public Health.  Professor Cutler was associate dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences for Social Sciences from 2003-2008. Read more about David M. Cutler

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Harvard Yard
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Karen Dynan

Professor of the Practice

Karen Dynan served as Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy and Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of the Treasury from 2014 to 2017, where she led analysis of economic conditions and development of policies to address the nation’s economic challenges. Read more about Karen Dynan

Littauer Center 319
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Martin Feldstein

Martin Feldstein

George F. Baker Professor of Economics

Martin Feldstein’s teaching and research have focused on issues of taxation, social insurance and fiscal policy.  He also writes widely on other aspects of U.S. and foreign economic policy and on the economics of national security.  He has published more than 300 research papers. He received the Clark medal of the American Economic Association and later served as President of the Association. He served as Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers for President Ronald Reagan.  He was president and CEO of the National Bureau of Economic Research from 1977 to 2008.  He taught the introductory economics course for 18 years and continues to teach graduate and undergraduate courses.

National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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Edward Glaeser

Edward Glaeser

Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics

Edward Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1992. He regularly teaches microeconomics theory, and occasionally urban and public economics. He has served as Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and Director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. He has published dozens of papers on cities economic growth, law, and economics. In particular, his work has focused on the determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centers of idea transmission. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1992. 
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Jeffrey Miron

Jeffrey Miron

Senior Lecturer on Economics
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Jeffrey Miron’s field of expertise is the economics of libertarianism. He has advocated for many libertarian policies, including legalizing all drugs and allowing failing banks to go bankrupt. He has written four books including "Drug War Crimes: The Consequences of Prohibition and "Libertarianism, from A to Z." Miron is Director of Economics Studies at the Cato Institute. Read more about Jeffrey Miron

Littauer Center M-31
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Stefanie Stantcheva

Stefanie Stantcheva

Associate Professor of Economics

Stefanie Stantcheva is an Associate Professor at the Harvard Department of Economics. She is a former Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 2014. Stefanie's research focuses on the optimal design of the tax system, taking into account important labor market features, more complex social preferences, and long-term effects such as human capital acquisition and productive investments by firms. 

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Littauer Center 232
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Lawrence Summers

Lawrence Summers

Charles W. Eliot University Professor

Lawrence H. Summers is the Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus of Harvard University. During the past two decades, he has served in a series of senior policy positions in Washington, D.C., including the 71st Secretary of the Treasury for President Clinton, Director of the National Economic Council for President Obama and Vice President of Development Economics and Chief Economist of the World Bank.

He is currently the Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard University and the Weil Director of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at Harvard’s Kennedy School. He and his wife Elisa New, a professor of English at Harvard, reside in Brookline with their six children. Read more about Lawrence Summers

Littauer 242 - Harvard Kennedy School
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Martin Weitzman

Martin Weitzman

Professor of Economics

Martin L. Weitzman is Professor of Economics at Harvard University. Previously he was on the faculties of MIT and Yale. He has been elected as a fellow of the Econometric Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has published widely in many leading economic journals and written three books. Weitzman's interests in economics are broad and he has served as consultant for several well-known organizations. His current research is focused on environmental economics, including climate change, the economics of catastrophes, cost-benefit analysis, long-run discounting, green accounting, biodiversity, and comparison of alternative instruments for controlling pollution. Read more about Martin Weitzman

Littauer Center 313
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