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This department of Econ Focus presents in-depth interviews with leading economists. (Affiliations listed below are as of the time of the interview.)


Econ Focus, Second Quarter 2022

On credentialism, the new math of causation, and the lasting economic influence of youthful experiences

Econ Focus, First Quarter 2022

Yale University economist on developing countries, measuring economies by satellite, and the learning crisis

Econ Focus, Fourth Quarter 2021

Harvard University economist on urbanization, the future of small towns, and "Yes In My Back Yard"

Econ Focus, Second/Third Quarter 2021

University of Texas at Austin economist on wage growth, labor's share of income, and the gender unemployment gap

Econ Focus, First Quarter 2021

Stanford University economist on human networks, the friendship paradox, and the information economics of protest movements

Econ Focus, Fourth Quarter 2020

UC San Diego economics professor on fiscal stimulus, technological lull, and the rug-rat race

Econ Focus, Second/Third Quarter 2020

University of Toronto economist on managing pandemics, allocating vaccines, and low-cost prediction with artificial intelligence

Econ Focus, First Quarter 2020

MIT economist on charter schools, the elite illusion, and the "Stones Age" of econometrics

Econ Focus, Fourth Quarter 2019

Northwestern University economist on firms' investment decisions, intangible capital, and the college premium

Econ Focus, Second/Third Quarter 2019

Harvard University economist on the world monetary system, the demand for safe assets, and measuring productivity growth

Econ Focus, First Quarter 2019

UC Berkeley economist on agglomeration economies, the "Great Divergence" among cities, and how housing rules affect economic growth

Econ Focus, Fourth Quarter 2018

Microsoft's former chief economist on conducting research at tech companies, entrepreneurship within large firms, and the effects of artificial intelligence on markets

Econ Focus, Third Quarter 2018

MIT economist on angel investing, the economics of private equity and venture capital funds, and big data in consumer lending

Econ Focus, Second Quarter 2018

University of Chicago economist on innovations behind productivity growth, productivity differences among firms, and how auto companies learn from mistakes

Aaron Steelman

Econ Focus, First Quarter 2018

University of Pennsylvania economist on the state of macroeconomics, the zero lower bound, and the future of the eurozone

Econ Focus, Fourth Quarter 2017

French economist on the economics of online platforms, the future of jobs, and life after the Nobel Prize

Econ Focus, Third Quarter 2017

Dartmouth College economist on the history of trade policy and protectionism, Brexit, and Chinese import competition

Aaron Steelman

Econ Focus, Second Quarter 2017

Brown University economist on media bias, online political polarization, and the evolution of politicians' rhetoric

Econ Focus, First Quarter 2017

Princeton University economist on pollution, tort reform, and the effect of recessions on fertility

Econ Focus, Third/Fourth Quarter 2016

MIT economist on "cash for clunkers," the life-cycle theory of consumption, and supporting the housing market

Aaron Steelman

Econ Focus, Second Quarter 2016

Harvard University economist on venture capital, open-source software, and doing economic research in a business school

Econ Focus, First Quarter 2016

University of Chicago economist on nonfinancial reasons for entrepreneurship, young men staying out of the labor force, and gentrification

Aaron Steelman

Econ Focus, Fourth Quarter 2015

Indiana University economist on following monetary policy rules, FDR and the gold standard, and market limits on public debt

Econ Focus, Third Quarter 2015

Columbia University economist on the stickiness of prices, natural experiments in macroeconomics, and measuring Chinese inflation

Econ Focus, Second Quarter 2015

MIT economist on the home mortgage interest deduction, changes in retirement finance, and the university's rise in the economics profession

Econ Focus, First Quarter 2015

Duke University economist on the future of bitcoin, the overconfidence of CEOs, and index funds

Econ Focus, Fourth Quarter 2014

Harvard University economist on the history of women's employment, mapping the gender wage gap, and for-profit colleges

Econ Focus, Third Quarter 2014

Harvard University economist on risks of financial globalization in developing countries, the role of the nation-state, and local culture in economics

Aaron Steelman

Econ Focus, Second Quarter 2014

Stanford University economist on the effects of economic uncertainty, the role of management practices in economic performance, and fostering good management

Econ Focus, First Quarter 2014

Retired economist and monetary history expert on the gold standard, monetary policy rules, and how a central bank should respond in a crisis


Index displays content through 2014. Earlier articles dating back to 2003 are available on our website in PDF form only.