John Van Reenen


John Van Reenen


John Van Reenen is the Gordon Y Billard Professor in Management and Economics and is jointly appointed as Professor of Applied Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management and in the Department of Economics.

From October 2003 to July 2016 John Van Reenen was Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and the Director of the Centre for Economic Performance, Europe’s leading applied economics research centre.

In 2016 he was the appointed as Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to Economics and Public Policy Making, and in 2009 was awarded the Yrjö Jahnsson Award, the European equivalent to the US Bates Clark Medal.

Van Reenen has published widely on the economics of innovation, labor markets and productivity. He has been a senior policy advisor to the Secretary of State for Health, Downing Street, and for many international organizations. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford and at Harvard University, a Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, a Professor at University College London, a partner in Lexecon Ltd. (now CRAI), and Chief Technology Officer of a software start-up.

Van Reenen holds a BA in economics and social and political sciences from Queens College, University of Cambridge, an MSc in industrial relations from the London School of Economics, and a PhD from University College London in economics.


Van Reenen wins HBR McKinsey Award

Van Reenen wins Arrow Prize for world’s best paper in health economics

Van Reenen awarded Yrjö Jahnsson Award for the best economist under the age of 45


"Can Helping the Sick Hurt the Able?"

Bagaria, Nitika, Felix Koenig, Barbara Petrongolo, and John Van Reenen. Economic Journal. Forthcoming. Download Paper.

"Some Causal Effects of an Industrial Policy."

Criscuolo, Chiara, Ralf Martin, Henry G. Overman, and John Van Reenen. American Economic Review. Forthcoming. Download Paper.

"The Economic Impact of Universities: Evidence from Across the Globe."

Valero, Anna, and John Van Reenen. Economics of Education. Forthcoming. Vox. Download Paper.

"What Drives Differences in Management?"

Bloom, Nicholas, Erik Brynjolfsson, Lucia Foster, Ron Jarmin, Megha Patnaik, and Itay Saporta-Eksten. American Economic Review. Forthcoming. Vox. Download Paper.

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