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Distinguished Speaker Series

David LaibsonFathauer Lecture in Political Economy

David Laibson
Robert I. Goldman Professor of Economics
Harvard University

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Behavioral Economics and Public Policy

Monday, December 7, 2009


About David Laibson

David Laibson is a Harvard College Professor and the Robert I. Goldman Professor of Economics at Harvard University. Laibson is also a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he is Research Associate in the Asset Pricing, Economic Fluctuations, and Aging Working Groups.

Laibson serves on numerous editorial boards, as well as the boards of the Health and Retirement Survey and the Pension Research Council. He is a recipient of a Marshall Scholarship and grants from the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the National Institute on Aging, the Sloan Foundation, the Social Security Administration, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Laibson co-organizes the Russell Sage Foundation’s Summer School in Behavioral Economics. He has received the PBK Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Laibson’s research focuses on the topic of psychology and economics and his work is frequently discussed in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, the Economist, Business Week, Forbes, Fortune, Money, Wired Magazine, the New Yorker, and on the PBS program Wealthtrack. In 2005, Fortune named Laibson one of ten people to watch. In 2008, Wired Magazine included Laibson on the “2008 Smart List: 15 People the Next President Should Listen To. In 2006 Laibson served as an external reviewer for the Department of Labor regulations that implement the Pension Protection Act.

Laibson holds degrees from Harvard University (BA in Economics, summa cum laude), the London School of Economic (MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D. in Economics).

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