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.

Littauer Center M-28
p: 617-496-2614
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
Gabriel Kreindler

Gabriel Kreindler

Assistant Professor of Economics

Gabriel Kreindler is an Assistant Professor of Economics. He studies issues in urban transportation in developing countries. His current projects focus on understanding the impact of traffic congestion management policies in large cities in developing countries through natural and field experiments. Gabriel received his PhD in Economics from MIT.... Read more about Gabriel Kreindler

Littauer Center M-7
Nathan Nunn

Nathan Nunn

Frederic E. Abbe Professor of Economics

Nathan Nunn is the Frederic E. Abbe Professor of Economics at Harvard University. Professor Nunn was born in Canada, where he received his PhD from the University of Toronto in 2005. Professor Nunn’s primary research interests are in economic history, economic development, cultural economics, political economy and international trade. He is an NBER Faculty Research Fellow, a Research Fellow at BREAD, and a Faculty Associate at Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA). He is currently a co-editor of the Journal of Development Economics
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Littauer Center M-25
p: 617-496-5079
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.

Littauer Center M-30