Atif Mian
Atif Mian

Theodore A. Wells '29 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs

Princeton University

Atif Mian is the Theodore A. Wells '29 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, and Director of the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance at the Woodrow Wilson School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with computer science and a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Princeton in 2012, he taught at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Mian's work studies the connections between finance and the macroeconomy. His latest book, “House of Debt” with Amir Sufi, builds upon powerful new data to describe how debt precipitated the Great Recession. The book explains why debt continues to threaten the global economy, and what needs to be done to fix the financial system. “House of Debt” is critically acclaimed by The New York Times, Financial Times, The Wall Street JournalThe Economist, and The Atlantic among others. Professor Mian's research has appeared in top academic journals, including the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Quarterly Journal of EconomicsJournal of FinanceReview of Financial Studies, and Journal of Financial Economics.

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  • 2015, Impact of the great rise in finance on resource allocation and employment, $60,000

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