Loukas Karabarbounis

Assistant Professor and Neubauer Family Faculty Fellow
Chicago Booth

Loukas Karabarbounis is a macroeconomist with interests in international finance, business cycles, fiscal policy, and political economy. He has presented his research at economics departments, business schools, and consulting firms, and has refereed for professional economics journals. His research on the optimal taxation of families has appeared in the popular press, was adopted by a major Spanish party as part of its electoral platform, and is currently discussed in the Italian parliament.

He earned a PhD in economics in 2010 and an AM in economics in 2008 from Harvard University. His doctoral dissertation analyzed issues of international business cycles and exchange rates, the optimal taxation of families, gender differences in the labor market, and the political economy of redistribution and inequality.

He was awarded graduate and summer fellowships, the Douglas Dillon Fellowship, and the Allan and Barbara Washkowitz Dissertation Fellowship. He earned the Derek Bok Certificate of Distinction in Teaching. Prior to Harvard, he studied at the Athens University of Economics and Business, where he earned both a BA and an MSc in economics. He was valedictorian of the 2005 Athens University of Economics and Business graduating class.

Karabarbounis joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2010.

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