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. 

Robin Lee

Robin Lee

Professor of Economics
On Leave Fall Semester 2021

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
Greg Mankiw

N. Gregory Mankiw

Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics
On Leave Fall Semester 2021

N. Gregory Mankiw teaches the introductory economics course at Harvard and is the author of several best-selling textbooks. His research includes work on price adjustment, consumer behavior, financial markets, monetary and fiscal policy, and economic growth.... Read more about N. Gregory Mankiw

Littauer Center 223
p: 617-495-4301
Stephen Marglin

Stephen Marglin

Walter S. Barker Professor of Economics

Stephen A. Marglin's latest book, The Dismal Science: How Thinking Like an Economist Undermines Community, focuses on the foundational assumptions of economics and how these assumptions make community invisible to economists. His published papers and books range over the foundations of cost-benefit analysis, the workings of the labor-surplus economy, the organization of production, the relationship between the growth of income and its distribution, and the process of macroeconomic adjustment.... Read more about Stephen Marglin

Littauer Center 221
p: 617-496-0062
Eric Maskin

Eric S. Maskin

Adams University Professor

Eric Maskin received the 2007 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics (with L. Hurwicz and R. Myerson) for laying the foundations of mechanism design theory. He also has made contributions to game theory, contract theory, social choice theory, political economy, and other areas of economics.... Read more about Eric S. Maskin

Littauer Center 312
1805 Cambridge Street
p: 617-495-4434
Marc Melitz

Marc Melitz

David A. Wells Professor of Political Economy
On Leave Fall Semester 2021

Marc Melitz's broad research interests are in international trade and investment.  More specifically, he studies producer-level responses to globalization and their implications for aggregate trade and investment patterns. He is a fellow of the Econometric Society and is affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research(NBER), the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), CESifo, and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy.  He is foreign editor for the Review of Economic Studies and associate editor for the American Economic Journal: Microeconomics.  His research has been funded by the Sloan Foundation and by the NSF.... Read more about Marc Melitz

Littauer Center 215
p: 617-496-3165
Miron

Jeffrey Miron

Senior Lecturer on Economics
Director of Graduate Studies
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...

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Littauer Center 235
p: 617-495-4129
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday,10:30 - 12:00, or by appointment
Nathan Nunn

Nathan Nunn

Frederic E. Abbe Professor of Economics
On Leave Academic Year 2021-2022

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
p: 617-496-5079
Ariel Pakes

Ariel Pakes

Thomas Professor of Economics

Professor Pakes' research has been in industrial organization (I.O.), the economics of technological change and in econometric theory. He teaches courses in industrial organization and in econometrics. Recent empirical work includes an analysis of the impact of the break up of AT&T on productivity in the telecommunication equipment industry, an analysis of the impact of voluntary export restrictions on the profits and consumer welfare generated by the sales of new cars, and an analysis of the impact of the entry and exit of goods on the price index for personal computers.... Read more about Ariel Pakes

Littauer Center 117
p: 617-495-5320
Amanda Pallais

Amanda Pallais

Professor of Economics

Amanda Pallais a Professor of Economics at Harvard University.  Formerly, she was the Paul Sack Associate Professor of Political Economy and Social Studies. Her research focuses on the barriers preventing workers from achieving efficient employment outcomes and students from optimally investing in human capital. Her research has explored the extent to which the cost of developing a reputation acts as a barrier preventing workers from entering the labor market. It has shown how manager bias can depress the job performance of minorities, how small changes in college application fees can dramatically affect the college application choices of low-SES students, and how financial aid can improve college outcomes for low-income students. Pallais received her B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Virginia in 2006 and her Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 2011.

 

Staff Support: Eric Unverzagt

Littauer Center 234
p: 617-495-2151
Office Hours: Wednesday 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. or by appointment
Ken Rogoff

Kenneth Rogoff

Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy

Kenneth Rogoff writes on international macroeconomics and financial crises. His publications include Foundations of International Macroeconomics (with Maurice Obstfeld) and This Time is Different:  Eight Centuries of Financial Folly (with Carmen Reinhart).  From 2001-2003, he served as chief economist at the International Monetary Fund.... Read more about Kenneth Rogoff

Littauer Center 216
p: 617-496-0062
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
p: 617-495-1871
Neil Shephard

Neil Shephard

Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science

Neil Shephard is the Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science, in the Department of Economics and Department of Statistics.  His broad research interests are in econometrics, finance and statistics, with a particular focus on financial econometrics.   He has made particular advances in developing simulation based inference methods for online learning and has contributed methods to allow the mainstream use of high frequency financial data in economics.  He joined the Harvard faculty in 2013, holding a professorship joint between the Economics and Statistics Departments.  Professor Shephard is a fellow of the Econometric Society and the British Academy.  He is an associated editor of Econometrica.  Professor Shephard was a faculty member at the London School of Economics from 1988-1993 and Oxford University from 1991 to 2013.   

Littauer Center M-29

Statistics Office:
613 Science Center
p: (617) 495-5496
Andrei Shleifer

Andrei Shleifer

John L. Loeb 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
Stefanie Stantcheva

Stefanie Stantcheva

Professor of Economics
On Leave Fall Semester 2021

Stefanie Stantcheva is a Professor at Harvard University. 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.

Littauer Center 232
p: 617-496-2614
Jeremy Stein

Jeremy Stein

Moise Y. Safra Professor of Economics
On Leave Academic Year 2021-2022

Jeremy Stein’s research has covered such topics as behavioral finance and stock-market efficiency, corporate investment and financing decisions, risk management, capital allocation inside firms, banking, financial regulation, and monetary policy. He  was previously a co-editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the Journal of Economic Perspectives, and has served on the editorial boards of several other economics and finance journals. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  In 2008, he was president of the American Finance Association. He has served in the Obama Administration as a senior advisor to the Treasury Secretary and on the staff of the National Economic Council.... Read more about Jeremy Stein

Littauer Center 219
p: 617-496-6455
Jim Stock

James Stock

Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy

James H. Stock is also a member of the faculty at Harvard Kennedy School. His research areas are macroeconomic forecasting, monetary policy, and econometric methods for the analysis of economic time series data. ... Read more about James Stock

Littauer Center M-26/27
p: 617-496-0502
Larry 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.... Read more about Lawrence Summers

Littauer 242 - Harvard Kennedy School
p: 617-495-1953
Elie Tamer

Elie Tamer

Louis Berkman Professor of Economics

Elie Tamer’s research areas are in econometrics and empirical industrial organization. His work is focused on developing methods for inference on economic models under minimal assumptions. He is former co-editor of Econometrica and is a fellow of the Econometric Society.

 

 

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Littauer Center 119
p: 617-496-1526
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Adi Sunderam

Adi Sunderam

Professor of Business Administration
Affiliate of the Department of Economics
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
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.

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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
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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