Steven Durlauf

The Steans Family Professor in Educational Policy
Harris Public Policy

Steven Durlauf’s research has spanned topics from economic theory to econometrics, empirical analyses, and philosophy. His research in economic theory has involved the integration of sociological ideas into economic models and the use of statistical mechanics methods to model the relationship between individual behaviors and aggregate outcomes. His primary econometric research has focused on the determination of conditions under which the impact of social factors on individual choices can be identified from the sorts of data available to social scientists, and on the development of methods for identifying the mechanisms underlying cross country differences. His primary substantive research areas are poverty, inequality, and economic growth.

He is a co-director of the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group, an international consortium of researchers dedicated to further understanding of the determinants of human flourishing. He is editor of the Journal of Economic Literature and previously served as general editor of the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, the world’s most comprehensive compendium of economic knowledge. Durlauf is a fellow of the Econometric Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Durlauf earned a BA in economics from Harvard University, as well as MA, MPhil, and PhD degrees from Yale University. Most recently, he was the William F. Vilas Research Professor and Kenneth J. Arrow Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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