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Professor of Economics

Paul Oyer

Senior Fellow and Steering Committee Member
Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)

The Mary and Rankine Van Anda Entrepreneurial Professor and Professor of Economics
Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB)

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB)

Paul Oyer is The Mary and Rankine Van Anda Entrepreneurial Professor and Professor of Economics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is also a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Labor Economics.

Paul does research in the field of personnel economics. In addition, he is the author of two books published in 2014. “Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Economics I Learned from Online Dating” is an entertaining and non-technical explanation of numerous key ideas in microeconomics using examples from online dating, as well as labor markets and many product markets. “Roadside MBA” (with Michael Mazzeo and Scott Schaefer) is a non-technical Strategy guide for small businesses based on the authors’ extensive travel around the US interviewing small business owners.

Before moving to the GSB in 2000, Paul was on the faculty of the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. In his pre-academic life, he worked for the management consulting firm of Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, as well as for the high technology firms 3Com Corporation and ASK Computer Systems. He holds a BA in math and computer science from Middlebury College, an MBA from Yale University, and an MA and PhD in economics from Princeton University. When not teaching or doing research, Paul runs, swims, skis, hangs out with his two college-age children, and walks his flat-coated retriever.

Focal Areas: Education, Inequality, Innovation and Technology, Work


PhD, Economics, Princeton University, 1996
MA, Economics, Princeton University, 1994
MBA, Yale University School of Management, 1989
BA, Mathematics and Computer Science, Middlebury College, 1985