Nicholas Bloom, a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) and Stanford professor of economics, has been elected co-vice president of the American Economic Association (AEA), the country’s leading professional organization in the field of economics.
His position as an AEA officer began in early January at the association’s annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas. At that time, Susan Athey, a SIEPR senior fellow and The Economics Professor of Technology in the Stanford Graduate School of Business, also wrapped up her one-year term as AEA president.
Also serving as AEA vice president in 2024 is Ebonya Washington, a professor of economics and international and public affairs at Columbia University.
Bloom, The William D. Eberle Professor of Economics within the School of Humanities and Sciences, is one of the world’s top experts on the future of work, management practices, and economic uncertainty. In particular, he has emerged as one of the most sought-after voices in the media, the C-suite and in policymaking circles on the evolution of the workplace since COVID-19 lockdowns upended how and where employees do their jobs — with far-reaching effects on cities and surrounding suburbs.
His insights into the changing workplace come from more than 20 years of research into hybrid and remote work, including a seminal 2015 study of call center employees in China. At the pandemic’s onset, he helped create the closely watched monthly Survey of Working Arrangements and Attitudes.
Bloom has been a member of the Stanford faculty since 2005, following stints at the London School of Economics, McKinsey & Company, the British government’s treasury department, and the Institute for Fiscal Studies. He earned his PhD in economics at University College London.