William A. Ackman Professor of Economics Director of the Equality of Opportunity Project
Research Interests: Public Economics. Use of “big data” to understand how we can give children from disadvantaged backgrounds better chances of succeeding. Combining empirical evidence and economic theory to help design more effective government policies, including tax policy and unemployment insurance, education, and affordable housing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.