Richard Hornbeck is an applied micro-economist whose focus is on the historical development of the American economy, along three themes: the importance of property rights and contracting failures, market integration and agglomeration spillovers, and connections between agriculture, technology, and the environment. His research uses particular historical episodes to better understand economic adaptation and growth.
His findings have been widely published, in such journals as the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Journal of Political Economy. He received an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in 2014 and was selected for the 2009 Review of Economic Studies Tour. He is a faculty research fellow with the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Previously, Hornbeck was a member of the faculty at Harvard University. He received his PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago.