Faculty

Faculty

The department's faculty include Nobel Prize and Clark medal winners, former members of the Council of Economic Advisors, leaders in international policy-making, and leading researchers in their fields in economics who are among the most widely cited in the world. 

Pol Antràs

Pol Antràs

Robert G. Ory Professor of Economics

Pol Antràs’ teaching and research fields are international economics and applied theory. Some of his work is overviewed in his recent book Global Production: Firms, Contracts, and Trade Structure, published by Princeton University Press. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), where he served as Director of the International Trade and Organization (ITO) Working Group. Among other distinctions, he was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in 2007 and the Fundación Banco Herrero Prize in 2009, and he was elected Fellow of the Econometric Society in 2015. As of 2015, he is Editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics.
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Littauer Center 207
p: 617-496-3165
Robert Barro

Robert Barro

Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics

Robert J. Barro is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Recent research involves rare macroeconomic disasters, corporate tax reform, religion & economy, empirical determinants of economic growth, and economic effects of public debt and budget deficits. Recent books include Religion and Economy (forthcoming with Rachel McCleary), Economic Growth (2nd edition, written with Xavier Sala-i-Martin), Nothing Is Sacred: Economic Ideas for the New Millennium, Determinants of Economic Growth, and Getting It Right: Markets and Choices in a Free Society.... Read more about Robert Barro

Littauer Center 218
p: 617-496-0053
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.

Staff Support:
Claire Paddock ​​​​​​​

Littauer Center M-28
p: 617-496-2614
John Y. Campbell

John Y. Campbell

Morton L. and Carole S. Olshan Professor of Economics

John Campbell has published over 80 articles on various aspects of finance and macroeconomics, including fixed-income securities, equity valuation, and portfolio choice. His books include The Econometrics of Financial Markets (with Andrew Lo and Craig MacKinlay, Princeton University Press 1997), Strategic Asset Allocation: Portfolio Choice for Long-Term Investors (with Luis Viceira, Oxford University Press 2002), and The Squam Lake Report: Fixing the Financial System (with the Squam Lake Group of financial economists, Princeton University Press 2010).

Littauer Center 213
p: 617-496-0053
Raj

Raj Chetty

William A. Ackman Professor of Public Economics
Director of Opportunity Insights
Raj Chetty is the William A. Ackman Professor of Public Economics at Harvard University. He is also the Director of Opportunity Insights, which uses “big data... Read more about Raj Chetty
Littauer Center 225
1805 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Gabriel Chodorow-Reich

Gabriel Chodorow-Reich

Associate Professor of Economics

Gabriel Chodorow-Reich is an assistant professor of economics at Harvard. His research focuses on macroeconomics, finance, and labor economics. Gabriel received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 2013. From 2009-2010, he served as an economist on the White House Council of Economic Advisers. He received his A.B. (magna cum laude) in Social Studies from Harvard in 2005.

Staff Support:
Claire Paddock​​​​​​​

Littauer Center 206
p: 617-496-3226
David M. Cutler

David M. Cutler

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 and was named Harvard College Professor from 2014-2019.

Littauer Center 226
Harvard Yard
p: 617-496-9126
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
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-384-7272
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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.

From 2009 to 2013, Dynan was vice president and co-director of the Economic Studies program at the Brookings Institution. Before that, she was on the staff of the Federal Reserve Board, leading work in macroeconomic forecasting, household finances, and the Fed’s response to the financial crisis.... Read more about Karen Dynan

Littauer Center 319
p: 617-496-3374
Christopher Foote

Christopher Foote

Professor of the Practice of Economics

Christopher L. Foote, a senior economist and policy advisor in the research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, currently serves as advisor to the Center for Behavioral Economics and Decision making.... Read more about Christopher Foote

Littauer Center 109

Federal Reserve Bank Address:
600 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
p: 617-496-0832
Richard Freeman

Richard B. Freeman

Herbert Ascherman Professor of Economics

Richard B. Freeman is currently serving as Faculty co-Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at the Harvard Law School. He directs the National Bureau of Economic Research/Sloan Science Engineering Workforce Projects, and is Senior Research Fellow in Labour Markets at the London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance. Freeman received the Mincer Lifetime Achievement Prize from the Society of Labor Economics in 2006. In 2007 he was awarded the IZA Prize in Labor Economics. In 2011 he was appointed Frances Perkins Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.... Read more about Richard B. Freeman

National Bureau of Economic Research
1050 Massachusetts Avenue
p: 617-588-0303
Benjamin Friedman

Benjamin Friedman

William Joseph Maier Professor of Political Economy

Benjamin M. Friedman's latest book is The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth, published in 2005 by Alfred A. Knopf. His best known previous book is Day of Reckoning: The Consequences of American Economic Policy Under Reagan and After, which received the George S. Eccles Prize, awarded annually by Columbia University for excellence in writing about economics. He has also written extensively on economic policy, and in particular on the role of the financial markets in shaping how monetary and fiscal policies affect overall economic activity.... Read more about Benjamin Friedman

Littauer Center 127
p: 617-496-5464
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.... Read more about Xavier Gabaix

Littauer Center 209
p: 617-496-5197
Ed 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.

Littauer Center 315a
p: 617-495-0575
Claudia Goldin

Claudia Goldin

Henry Lee Professor of Economics

Claudia Goldin is an economic historian and a labor economist. Her current research concerns women in the labor force and the economics of higher education.  Her previous work has covered a wide array of topics including slavery, emancipation, the economic impact of war, immigration, New Deal policies, inequality, and technological change.  She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and is a fellow of many societies including the Econometric Society, the Society of Labor Economists, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  She has been the director of the NBER’s Development of the American Economy program for more than two decades.  Goldin is the current president of the American Economic Association.... Read more about Claudia Goldin

Littauer Center 229
p: 617-496-5079
Gita Gopinath

Gita Gopinath

John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and of Economics
On Leave at the International Monetary Fund

Gita Gopinath's research focuses on International Finance and Macroeconomics. She is a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, a Managing Editor of the Review of Economic Studies, co-editor of the current Handbook of International Economics, and a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) for the programs in Economic Fluctuations and Growth, International Finance and Macroeconomics, and Monetary Economics. She also served as a member of the Eminent Persons Advisory Group on G-20 Matters for India's Ministry of Finance. In 2011, she was chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Before coming to Harvard, she was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business. She holds a B.A. from the University of Delhi (1992), an M.A. from the Delhi School of Economics (1994) and from the University of Washington (1996), and a Ph.D from Princeton University (2001).... Read more about Gita Gopinath

IMF
700 19th Street, NW
Rm. 9-677
Washington, DC 20431
p: 202-623-7351
Jerry Green

Jerry Green

David A. Wells Professor of Political Economy

Jerry Green is the John Leverett Professor in the University and the David A. Wells Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Economics.... Read more about Jerry Green

Littauer Center 326

Harvard Business School Office:
Baker Library 469
Tel: 617-495-6859
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Elhanan Helpman

Elhanan Helpman

Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade

Elhanan Helpman's contributions include studies of the balance of payments, exchange rate regimes, stabilization programs and foreign debt, international trade, economic growth and political economy. He is a cofounder of the "new trade theory'' and the "new growth theory,'' which emphasize the roles of economies of scale and imperfect competition. His current research is reflected in his latest books, Understanding Global Trade and Globalization and Inequality.

Littauer Center 217
p: 617-496-0062
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Lawrence Katz

Elisabeth Allison Professor of Economics

Lawrence F. Katz's research focuses on issues in labor economics and the economics of social problems. He is the author (with Claudia Goldin) of The Race between Education and Technology (Harvard University Press, 2008), a history of U.S. economic inequality and the roles of technological change and the pace of educational advance in affecting the wage structure. Katz also has been studying the impacts of neighborhood poverty on low-income families as the principal investigator of the long-term evaluation of the Moving to Opportunity program, a randomized housing mobility experiment.... Read more about Lawrence Katz

Littauer Center 224
p: 617-496-5079
David Laibson

David Laibson

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 the Harvard University Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative.... Read more about David Laibson

Littauer Center M-12
p: 617-496-0053
Office Hours: Email Emily De Puy Sall (esall@fas.harvard.edu) for an appointment or to check the next scheduled time for walk-in office hours (no appointment needed for walk-in).
Robin Lee

Robin Lee

Professor of Economics

Robin S. Lee is a Professor of Economics at Harvard University and Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He received his A.B. and A.M. in Economics and his Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard, and previously served on the faculty at New York University Stern School of Business.... Read more about Robin Lee

Littauer Center 120
p: 617-495-2997
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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.

Staff Support:
Claire Paddock ​​​​​​​... Read more about Dwight Perkins

Littauer Center M-14
p: 617-495-2110

Henry Rosovsky

Lewis P and Linda L Geyser University Professor, Emeritus

Henry Rosovsky is the author of many articles and books, including Capital Formation in Japan (1961), Quantitative Japanese Economic History (1961),...

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17 Quincy St
Office Hours:
By appointment
p: 617-495-4151
Alvin Roth

Alvin Roth

George Gund Professor of Economics and Business Administration, Emeritus

Alvin Roth is also the Craig and Susan McCaw Professor of Economics at Stanford University. He works in the areas of game theory, experimental economics and market design. He shared the 2012 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics.

Staff Support:
Claire Paddock ​​​​​​​... Read more about Alvin Roth

Dept of Economics
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-6072
p: (650) 725-9147
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

When in residence:
Littauer 234

Office Hours:
By appointment only
p: 608-441-0023
Judd Cramer

Judd Cramer

Lecturer/Advisor

Judd Cramer is a labor economist whose research focuses on the "sharing economy", long-term unemployment, and innovation policy. He will be teaching two...

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Littauer Center 116
1805 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-495-3290
Alberto Alesina

Alberto Alesina

Nathaniel Ropes Professor of Political Economy
In Memoriam

Alberto Alesina was a leader in the field of Political Economics and has published extensively in all major academic journals in economics. He has...

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Richard Caves

Professor of Economics
In Memoriam
Professor Richard Caves passed away on November 22, 2019. Professor Caves' primary fields of interest were competition policy and regulation, international... Read more about Richard Caves
Gary Chamberlain

Gary Chamberlain

Emeriti- Louis Berkman Research Professor of Economics
In Memoriam

Gary Chamberlain's research topics included panel data, returns to schooling, factor structure in large asset markets, semiparametric efficiency, the structure of wages, and applications of decision theory in econometrics. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and was a Member of its Council from 1988 to 1993, and he gave the Fisher-Schultz Lecture in 2001. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Member of the National Academy of Sciences.... Read more about Gary Chamberlain

Richard Cooper

Richard Cooper

Maurits C. Boas Professor of International Economics

Richard N. Cooper is a member of the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Executive Panel of the US Chief of Naval Operations, and the Brookings Panel on Economic Activity. He has served on several occasions in the US Government, as chairman of the National Intelligence Council (1995-97), Under Secretary of State for Economic Affairs (1977-81), Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Monetary Affairs (1965-66), and senior staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers (1961-63). His most recent books include Boom, Crisis, and Adjustment (co-author), Macroeconomic Management in Korea, 1970-1990 (co-author), Environment and Resource Policies for the World Economy, and What the Future Holds (co-author).... Read more about Richard Cooper

1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-495-9006
Farhi

Emmanuel Farhi

Professor of Economics
In Memoriam

Emmanuel Farhi's research focuses on macroeconomics, finance, international economics, and public finance. His papers have been published in leading journals including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Review of Economic Studies and the Journal of Financial Economics. He is a member of the French Economic Analysis Council to the French Prime minister, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Center for Economic Policy Research, the International Growth Centre, as well as a fellow of the Toulouse School of Economics. He is also an associate editor of the American Economic Review.... Read more about Emmanuel Farhi

Littauer Center 208
p: 617-496-5464
Martin Feldstein

Martin Feldstein

George F. Baker Professor of Economics
In Memoriam

Martin Feldstein, George F. Baker Professor of Economics, passed away on June 11, 2019. He was a faculty member in the Department of Economics for 52 years, 1967 to 2019.  Marty's teaching and research focused on issues of taxation, social insurance and fiscal policy.  He also wrote widely on other aspects of U.S. and foreign economic policy and on the economics of national security.  He 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.

David Landes

Emerti- Coolidge Professor of History and Professor of Economics
In Memoriam

James L Medoff

Meyer Kestnbaum Professor of Labor and Industry
In Memoriam
Martin Weitzman

Martin Weitzman

Research Professor of Economics
In Memoriam

Martin L. Weitzman was a Research Professor of Economics at Harvard University until his passing on August 27, 2019. Previously he was on the...

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