Arnold I. Barnett


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Arnold Barnett is the George Eastman Professor of Management Science and a Professor of Statistics at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

His research specialty is applied mathematical modeling with a focus on problems of health and safety. Barnett’s early work on homicide was presented to President Gerald Ford at the White House, and his analysis of U.S. casualties in Vietnam was the subject of a column by William F. Buckley.

Barnett has written op-ed pieces for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, CNN Opinion, the Charlotte Observer, and USA Today. He received the President’s Award and the Expository Writing Award from INFORMS in 1996 and in 2001, and is a Fellow of INFORMS. Cited as “the nation’s leading expert on aviation safety,” Barnett was recognized with the 2002 President’s Citation from the Flight Safety Foundation for “truly outstanding contributions on behalf of safety.” MIT Sloan students have honored him on 14 occasions for outstanding teaching.

Barnett holds a BA in mathematics from Columbia College and a PhD in mathematics from MIT. 


Barnett wins Jamieson Prize


"The Meaning of 'Intermittency' in Criminal Careers."

Farrington, David P., Arnold Barnett, and Alfred Blumstein. Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology Vol. 6, No. 4 (2020): 524-528.

"The Real Coronavirus Risk on Airlines."

Barnett, Arnold. The Hill, November 4, 2020.

"All the Same? On A Certain Pattern in Cross-National Death Risk."

Barnett, Arnold. Risk Analysis Vol. 40, No. 9 (2020): 1831-1843.

"The US Covid-19 Shutdowns Have Saved Enormously More Lives than They Cost."

Barnett, Arnold, Amedeo Odoni, and Dimitri Antoniadis. OR/MS, August 13, 2020.

"Covid-19 Risk Among Airline Passengers: Should the Middle Seat Stay Empty?"

Barnett, Arnold, and Keith Fleming, MIT Sloan Working Paper 6160-20. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, July 2020.

"Will US Airlines Keep Their Distance from Covid-19?"

Barnett, Arnold. Real Clear Markets, May 4, 2020.

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