Economic History

Melissa Dell

Melissa Dell

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
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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
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
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David Yang

David Yang

Prize Fellow in Economics, History, and Politics

David Yang’s research focuses on political economy, behavioral and experimental economics, economic history, and cultural economics. In particular, David studies the forces of stability and forces of changes in authoritarian regimes, drawing lessons from historical and contemporary China. David received a B.A. in Statistics and B.S. in Business Administration from University of California at Berkeley, and PhD in Economics from Stanford. David is currently a Prize Fellow in Economics, History, and Politics at Harvard and a Postdoctoral Fellow at J-PAL at MIT. He will join Harvard Economics Department as an Assistant Professor in 2020.... Read more about David Yang

Littauer Center M-31
1805 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138