Author David Laibson shares his thoughts on broadening student perspectives and how changing student lives makes teaching rewarding.
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David Laibson is chair of the Harvard Economics Department and is the Robert I. Goldman Professor of Economics at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1994. Dr. Laibson is also a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research and serves as a research associate for their asset pricing, economic fluctuations, and aging working groups.
His research focuses on behavioral economics, intertemporal choice, macroeconomics, and household finance, and he leads Harvard University’s Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative. He serves on several editorial boards, as well as on the Pension Research Council (Wharton), Harvard’s Pension Investment Committee, and the Board of the Russell Sage Foundation. Dr. Laibson has previously served on the boards of the Health and Retirement Study (National Institutes of Health) and the Academic Research Council of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Dr. Laibson is a recipient of a Marshall Scholarship and a Fellow of the Econometric Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been honored with the T. W. Schultz Prize from the University of Chicago, the TIAA-CREF Paul A. Samuelson Award for Outstanding Scholarly Writing on Lifelong Financial Security, and Harvard’s Phi Beta Kappa Prize in recognition of teaching excellence.
Dr. Laibson holds degrees from Harvard University (AB in economics), the London School of Economics (MSc in econometrics and mathematical economics), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PhD in economics).