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
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 will begin an appointment as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics at Harvard in July 2015. 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.
Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy On Sabbatical Academic Year 2018-2019
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
Thomas W. Lamont University Professor On Sabbatical Spring 2019
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
Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science On Sabbatical Academic Year 2018-2019
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.
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
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.
Moise Y. Safra Professor of Economics Department Chair
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
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
Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Economics
Ludwig Straub is a post-doctoral fellow in economics at Harvard. He will start as an assistant professor of economics in fall 2019. His research focuses on macroeconomics and international economics. Ludwig received his Ph.D. in economics from MIT in 2018 and holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in mathematics and physics.... Read more about Ludwig Straub
Tomasz Strzalecki's research interests are in decision theory and economic theory. He has focused on ambiguity aversion, temporal preferences, and bounded rationality.... Read more about Tomasz Strzalecki
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
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.... Read more about Elie Tamer
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