Business Administration, Economics, & Public Policy

Dan Black

Professor of Public Policy

(312) 759-4011

Dan A. Black is a professor and director of the Chicago Harris Ph.D. program. He also serves as a senior fellow at the National Opinion Research Center. Black is Research Director of the CWICstat program, a research group that helps Chicago in their workforce development programs. He also serves as the project director for the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Labor Economics, Labour Economics, and Journal of Urban Economics. His research focuses on labor economics and applied econometrics. His papers have appeared in the top journals in economics, statistics, and demography. He has served on panels for the Census Bureau, the Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, and the National Academy of Science and has served as a consultant for the New Zealand and Australian governments.

Drew Creal

Associate Professor of Econometrics and Statistics

(773) 834-5249

Drew Creal studies time series econometrics and statistics with particular emphasis on state space and time-varying parameter models. His research interests include applications in macroeconomics and finance.

Drew D. Creal

Robert Gramacy

Assistant Professor of Econometrics and Statistics

(773) 702-0739

My research interests include Bayesian modeling methodology, statistical computing, Monte Carlo inference, nonparametric regression, sequential design, and optimizaton under uncertainty. My application areas of interest include spatial data, sequential computer experiments, ecology, epidemiology, finance and public policy.

Jeffrey Grogger

Irving Harris Professor in Urban Policy

(773) 542-3533

He specializes in labor economics, applied microeconomics, applied econometrics, and economics of crime. His recent work includes projects on international migration and racial inequality. For his work on racial profiling, he received the Outstanding Statistical Application Award for 2007 from the American Statistical Association.

P. Richard Hahn

Assistant Professor of Econometrics and Statistics

773 834-2146

My research develops computational methods for modeling complex real-world data, with a focus on behavioral data. He has developed methods and models for analyzing such diverse data as corporate accounting time series, handwriting samples, and behavioral game theory experiments. .

Lars Peter Hansen

The David Rockefeller Distinguished Service Professor in Economics, Statistics and the College


Lars Peter Hansen is an internationally known leader in economic dynamics who works at the boundary of economics and statistics. He was recently awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for his early research.  Hansen shares this honor with Eugene Fama and Robert Shiller. Hansen’s recent work focuses on uncertainty and its relationship to long run risks in the macro economy. He explores how models that incorporate ambiguities, beliefs, and skepticism of consumers and investors can explain economic and financial data and reveal the long-term consequences of policy options. Hansen and coauthors have recently developed methods for modeling economic decision-making in environments in which uncertainty is hard to quantify.  They explore the consequences for models with financial markets and characterize environments in which the beliefs of economic actors are fragile.

James Heckman

The Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and the College

(773) 702-3478

Professor Heckman's work has been devoted to the development of a scientific basis for economic policy evaluation, with special emphasis on models of individuals and disaggregated groups, and to the problems and possibilities created by heterogeneity, diversity, and unobserved counterfactual states. He developed a body of new econometric tools that address these issues. His research has given policymakers important new insights into areas such as education, job training, the importance of accounting for general equilibrium in the analysis of labor markets, anti-discrimination law, and civil rights.

Robert Lalonde

Professor of Public Policy

(773) 834-3440

Lalonde focuses on program evaluation, education and training of the workforce, economic effects of immigration on developed countries, costs of worker displacement, impact of unions and collective bargaining in the United States, and economic and social consequences of incarceration. LaLonde is leading research projects examining women in Illinois prisons and their children, and the employment prospects of young men after they are paroled from prison.

Ofer Malamud

Associate Professor of Public Policy

(773) 702-2389

He primarily conducts research in the fields of labor economics and the economics of education. His work has focused on the development of human capital and the impact of skills on university and labor market outcomes. In particular, he has examined the relative returns to academic and vocational education in Romania and the trade-off between early specialization and the gains from delaying the choice of a major field of study in Britain. He has also studied the effect of education on geographical mobility and on health in the United States using the unintended effect of attending college to avoid the Vietnam draft. Most recently, he has been conducting experimental and quasi-experimental studies exploring the effect of home computer use on child and adolescent outcomes in Romania, Chile, and Peru.

Derek Neal

Professor in Economics, the Committee on Education and the College;

(773) 702-3877

Professor Nealʼs current research focuses on the design of incentive systems
for educators. His work explores the design flaws in current performance pay
and accountability systems and also highlights the advantages of providing incentives through contests between schools.

Neal is also exploring the causes and consequences of the prison boom in the United States. He is particularly focused on why prison populations grew so
rapidly during recent decades and how the changes in policy that drove this
growth affect inequality in the United States. Further, Neal is examining the links
between home and school experiences of youth and future outcomes in the
criminal justice system.

Colm O'Muircheartaigh

Dean and Professor, Harris School of Public Policy

1155 E. 60th St

O'Muircheartaigh's research encompasses survey sample design, measurement errors in surveys, cognitive aspects of question wording, and latent variable models for nonresponse. He is principal investigator on the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Internet Panel Recruitment Survey, and co-principal investigator on NSF's Data Research and Development Center and the National Institute on Aging's National Social Life Health and Aging Project (NSHAP). He is also responsible for the development of methodological innovations in sample design for NORC's face-to-face surveys in the U.S.