Faculty

David Laibson

David Laibson

Harvard College Professor, 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
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
N. Gregory Mankiw

N. Gregory Mankiw

Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics
On leave Fall 2020

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

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
Jeffrey 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 drugs and allowing failing banks to go bankrupt. He has written four books including "Drug War Crimes: The Consequences of Prohibition and "Libertarianism, from A to Z." Miron is Director of Economics Studies at the Cato Institute.... Read more about Jeffrey Miron

Littauer Center 235
p: 617-495-4129
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
... Read more about Nathan Nunn

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: 617-496-3960
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.... Read more about Amanda Pallais

Littauer Center 234
p: 617-495-2151
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
Kenneth 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