Professor of Economics
Nathaniel Hendren is a professor of economics at Harvard University and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His work lies at the intersection of theoretical and empirical work in public economics, focusing on a range of topics including insurance markets, welfare measurement government policies, and intergenerational mobility. His thesis, which found empirical evidence that private information prevents people with pre-existing conditions from being offered insurance at any price, received the John Heinz Dissertation Award from the National Academy of Social Insurance and the Geneva Association’s Ernst Meyer Prize.
He is currently a principal investigator of the Equality of Opportunity Project, exploring the geography of intergenerational mobility and the role of neighborhoods in promoting upward mobility. He earned a B.S. in mathematics and economics from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.