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.
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
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 M. Friedman
Henry Lee Professor of Economics On Sabbatical Spring 2019
Roland G. Fryer, Jr. is the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, founder and faculty director of the Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard, and a former junior fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows. Fryer has published papers on topics such as the racial achievement gap, the causes and consequences of distinctively black names, affirmative action, the impact of the crack cocaine epidemic, historically black colleges and universities, and acting white.... Read more about Roland Fryer
Pershing Square Professor of Economics and Finance On Sabbatical Spring 2019
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. His research focuses on finance, macroeconomics, and behavioral economics. He received the Fischer Black prize given every two years to the best financial economist under 40, the Bernacer prize given to the best European economist under 40 working in macroeconomics and finance, and the Lagrange and Allais Prizes. His research has been published in the American Economic Review, Econometrica, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Finance, and Nature. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and of the Center for Economic Policy Research.
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.
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
Benjamin Golub received a Ph.D. in Economics from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2012, and a B.S. in Mathematics from the California Institute of Technology in 2007. Ben’s research focuses on microeconomic theory, and in particular, social and economic networks: how these networks form when agents invest strategically in relationships, how information is transmitted through them, and how they mediate processes such as group cooperation. Applications of his research include measuring social segregation and understanding its consequences for polarization of beliefs or behaviors.
Oliver Hart is currently the Andrew E. Furer Professor of Economics at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1993. Hart works mainly on contract theory, the theory of the firm, corporate finance, and law and economics. His research centers on the roles that ownership structure and contractual arrangements play in the governance and boundaries of corporations. He has published a book (Firms, Contracts, and Financial Structure, Oxford University Press, 1995) and numerous journal articles. He has used his theoretical work on firms in two legal cases as a government expert (Black and Decker v. U.S.A. and WFC Holdings Corp. (Wells Fargo) v. U.S.A.). He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy, and the American Finance Association, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and has several honorary degrees. He has been president of the American Law and Economics Association and a vice president of the American Economic Association. Hart was the 2016 co-recipient of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.
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.
Nathaniel Hendren joined the faculty in July 2013 and is an assistant professor of economics. His interests include insurance markets and adverse selection, welfare estimation, and intergenerational mobility.... Read more about Nathaniel Hendren
Dale Jorgenson’s research includes information technology and economic growth, energy and the environment, tax policy and investment behavior, and applied econometrics. His most recent book, Double Dividend: Environmental Taxes and Fiscal Reform in the United States, co-authored with Richard Goettle, Mun Ho, and Peter Wilcoxen and published by The MIT Press in 2013, designs environmental taxes to improve economic performance and enhance environmental quality. An earlier book, Technology and the American Growth Resurgence, co-authored with Mun Ho and Kevin Stiroh and published by The MIT Press in 2005, led to establishment of the World KLEMS Initiative at Harvard in 2010 to provide international comparisons of productivity at the industry level. Results for more than forty countries were presented at the Third World KLEMS Conference, held in Tokyo, Japan, in May 2014.... Read more about Dale Jorgenson