Get to know the economists

Learn more about the achievements and contributions of leaders in economics and stay tuned for new profiles being released.

Paola Sapienza

Paola Sapienza works in the relatively new field of cultural economics. The Italian finance professor studies the impact of people’s cultural beliefs and preferences on economic outcomes. Her other areas of research examine gender biases in the sciences.

Antoinette Schoar

Consumer finance, entrepreneurship and the impact of a CEO – Antoinette Schoar’s areas of expertise are as exciting as they are topical. As a co-founder of Ideas42, she also tackles important social challenges.

Şebnem Kalemli-Özcan

Şebnem Kalemli-Özcan works with big data to look at the links between financial and real sectors in advanced and developing economies. As an expert on international finance, she sheds light on the importance of financial integration in promoting global growth.

Michèle Tertilt

Michèle Tertilt researches credit markets, consumer debt and bankruptcy systems. The macroeconomist also asks whether women are better for development and looks at important decisions that affect an economy – those that are made within families.

Ekaterina Zhuravskaya

Ekaterina Zhuravskaya researches economic, political and social determinants of beliefs and how these can lead to ethnic conflict. The political economist also looks at the role of media, taking on one of the most complex topics of the day: fake news

Eliana La Ferrara

Eliana La Ferrara’s areas of expertise range from social mobility and counteracting stereotypes to state functioning within fragile environments. A focus point in her work is finding ways to help people deal with constraints that may be detrimental for their wellbeing.

Rachel Griffith

What helps people to make better choices in life? Rachel Griffith explores which public policies are most effective to improve dietary choices. An expert on fiscal policy, she also looks at a total rethink of corporate taxation.

Lucrezia Reichlin

Lucrezia Reichlin uses the knowledge available today to better predict tomorrow. A pioneer of what is now known as big data, the expert on business cycles and monetary policy looks at forecasting the status of the economy.

Esther Duflo

One of the most influential development economists today, Esther Duflo has worked on immunization, gender equality, and health. The Nobel Laureate of 2019 supports governments and organizations across the globe to make policy work better for poor people.

Marianne Bertrand

Marianne Bertrand’s goal is to address inequality head on. The expert on labor markets, corporate finance and development economics has focused her work on harassment and discrimination, documenting biases in the hiring process.