Nathaniel Ropes Professor of Political Economy
Stefanie Stantcheva is the Nathaniel Ropes Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University. Stantcheva’s research focuses on the taxation of firms and individuals, as well as how people understand, perceive, and form their attitudes towards public policies. Her work has centered around the long-lasting effects of tax policy—on innovation, education, and wealth. Recently, she has studied how research and development policies can be improved to foster innovation, how income and corporate taxes have shaped innovation over the 20th century, and how student loans can be structured to improve access to education. She has also explored people’s attitudes towards taxation, health care, immigration policies, environmental policies, and social mobility using large-scale Social Economics Surveys and Experiments. Stantcheva holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Cambridge and master’s degrees in economics and economics and finance respectively from the Paris School of Economics and Ecole Polytechnique. She earned her Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.