Economics Department

Richard B. Freeman

Richard B. Freeman

Herbert Ascherman Professor of Economics


Research interests
: Labor economics. Unions and workplace organization; role of firms and institutions in inequality; China innovations and science workforce ; Environmental economics: China air filtration project.

Roland G. Fryer, Jr.

Roland G. Fryer, Jr.

Henry Lee Professor of Economics
Director, Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard University


Research interests:  Education, inequality, and race. Education reform, social interactions, and police use of force. Fryer's work combines economic theory, empirical evidence, and randomized experiments to help design more effective government policies.

Edward L. Glaeser

Edward L. Glaeser

Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics


Research interests: Urban and public economics, microeconomic theory. Cities, economic growth, and law and economics, with a focus on determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centers of idea transmission.

Claudia Goldin

Claudia Goldin

Henry Lee Professor of Economics


Research interests: Economic historian and labor economist. Women in the U.S. economy; female labor force; income inequality, technological change, and education; the gender gap in pay; college women's achievement of career and family; increase of women's employment in their mature and older years.

Nathaniel Hendren

Nathaniel Hendren

Assistant Professor of Economics


Research interests: Intersection of theoretical and empirical work in public economics, including insurance markets, welfare measurement of government policies, and intergenerational mobility. 

Hendren is a principal investigator of the Equality of Opportunity Project, exploring the geography of intergenerational mobility and the role of neighborhoods in promoting upward mobility.

Lawrence Katz

Lawrence Katz

Elisabeth Allison Professor of Economics


Research interests: Labor economics and the economics of social problems. History of U.S. economic inequality and the roles of technological change and the pace of educational advance in affecting the wage structure. Impacts of neighborhood poverty on low-income families. 

Currently working with Claudia Goldin on a major project studying the evolution of career and family choices and outcomes for U.S. college men and women.

David Laibson

David Laibson

Robert I. Goldman Professor of Economics
Chair, Department of Economics

Research interests: Behavioral economics, with emphasis on household finance, macroeconomics, aging, and intertemporal choice. 

Sendhil  Mullainathan

Sendhil Mullainathan

Robert C. Waggoner Professor of Economics


Research interests: Behavioral economics, development economics, and corporate finance. Has worked on a wide variety of topics, including impact of poverty on mental bandwidth; whether CEO pay is excessive; using fictitious resumes to measure discrimination; showing that higher cigarette taxes makes smokers happier; modeling how competition affects media bias; and a model of coarse thinking.

His latest research focuses on using machine learning to better understand human behavior. 

Amanda Pallais

Amanda Pallais

Paul Sack Associate Professor of Political Economy and of Social Studies


Research interests: Labor economics and the economics of education. Barriers preventing workers from achieving efficient employment outcomes; barriers preventing students from optimally investing in human capital; and the effects of social networks on the labor market.

Stefanie Stantcheva

Stefanie Stantcheva

Assistant Professor of Economics
Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows (2014-2016)


Research interests:  Public economics and labor economics. 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. Empirical effects of taxation on inequality, incomes, human capital, and innovation.