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Edward Lazear

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Edward Lazear

Senior Fellow
Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)
The Davies Family Professor of Economics
Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB)
Morris Arnold and Nona Cox Senior Fellow
Hoover Institution
Professor of Economics (by courtesy)
Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences
PhD, Economics, Harvard University, 1974
AB, Economics, University of California Los Angeles, 1971
AM, Economics, University of California Los Angeles, 1971
(650) 723-9136


Edward P. Lazear, Morris Arnold Cox Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, succeeded Ben Bernanke as chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers in February of 2006. He was formerly a member of President Bush's advisory Tax Reform Panel, where he worked with nine other panel members to look into revenue-neutral policy options for reforming the Federal Internal Revenue Code.

Lazear is the Jack Steele Parker Professor of Human Resources, Management and Economics (1995) at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, where he has taught since 1992. He taught previously at the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business, where he was the Brown Professor of Urban and Labor Economics.

Lazear was awarded the 1998 Leo Melamed Biennial Prize for outstanding research and the 2003 Adam Smith Prize from the European Association of Labor Economists. In the fall of 2004, Lazear was awarded the 2004 Prize in Labor Economics from the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn. He is the 2006 recipient of the Jacob Mincer Prize for lifetime achievement in the field of labor economics.

Founding editor of the Journal of Labor Economics, he is also an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2000), the Econometric Society, and the Society of Labor Economists. He is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Board on Testing and Assessment. His research is currently supported by the National Science Foundation. Lazear was the first vice-president and president of the Society of Labor Economists.

His book Personnel Economics (MIT Press, 1995) expands on his 1993 Wicksell Lectures. He edited Economic Transition in Eastern Europe and Russia: Realities of Reform (Hoover Institution Press, 1995). Coauthor or coeditor of four other books, Lazear's newest edited volume is Education in the Twenty-first Century (Hoover Institution Press, 2002). He also edited the textbook Personnel Economics for Managers (Wiley, 1998). Other recent publications include Culture Wars in America (Hoover Essays in Public Policy, 1996).

Among his more than one hundred published papers, the following are of special note: "The Peter Principle: A Theory of Decline," Journal of Political Economy (2004); "Economic Imperialism," for the millennium issue of the Quarterly Journal of Economics (2000); "Culture and Language," Journal of Political Economy (12/99); "Educational Production," Quarterly Journal of Economics (2001), "Performance, Pay and Productivity," American Economic Review (12/00); "Peer Pressure and Partnerships," with Eugene Kandel, Journal of Political Economy (8/92); "Labor Economics and the Psychology of Organizations," Journal of Economic Perspectives (Spring 1991); "Job Security Provisions and Employment," Quarterly Journal of Economics (8/90); "Pay Equality and Industrial Politics," Journal of Political Economy (6/89); "Salaries and Piece Rates," Journal of Business (7/86); "Retail Pricing and Clearance Sales," American Economic Review (3/86); "Rank-Order Tournaments as Optimum Labor Contracts," with Sherwin Rosen, Journal of Political Economy (10/81); "Why Is There Mandatory Retirement?" Journal of Political Economy (12/79); "Personnel Economics: Past Lessons and Future Direction," Presidential Address to the Society of Labor Economists, Journal of Labor Economics (1999); and "Globalization and the Market for Teammates," Frank Paish Memorial Lecture to the Royal Economic Society, Warwick, England, Economic Journal (1999).

Focal Areas: 
Innovation and Technology
Taxes and Public Spending