Jennifer La’O is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Columbia University and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She is a macroeconomist and applied theorist. Her research focuses on the effects of informational and financial frictions on business cycles. Most recently La’O has studied optimal fiscal and monetary policy when firms face informational limitations, the implications of production networks for business cycle fluctuations, as well as the aggregate effects of complex interdealer networks on financial stability.
La’O received her Bachelor’s degree from MIT in 2005 and her Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 2010. Upon graduation from her Ph.D., she became an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. From 2012-2013, she worked as a Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.