Sendhil Mullainathan

Roman Family University Professor
Chicago Booth

Sendhil Mullainathan has made substantial contributions to the field of behavioral economics, as well as innovative additions to the literature on such development topics as discrimination, corruption, and corporate governance. As a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, he produced numerous papers that link behavioral science and economics. His latest research focuses on using machine learning to better understand human behavior. He co-authored Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much (Henry Holt and Company, 2013) and writes regularly for The New York Times. His research has also appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Economic Review, Psychological Science, Science, The BMJ (British Medical Journal), Management Science, and Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining.

Mullainathan co-founded ideas42, a non-profit organization that uses behavioral science to help solve social problems, as well as the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and was designated a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Mullainathan, who is a George C. Tiao Faculty Fellow within Chicago Booth, holds a BA in computer science, mathematics, and economics from Cornell University, and a PhD in economics from Harvard University. Most recently, he was the Robert C. Waggoner Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.

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