Sendhil Mullainathan is the Robert C. Waggoner
Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard
University. He has worked on poverty, behavioural economics and a wide variety
of topics such as: the impact of poverty on mental bandwidth; whether
CEO pay is excessive; using fictitious resumes to
measure discrimination; showing that higher cigarette taxes makes
smokers happier; modeling how competition affects media bias; and a
model of coarse thinking. His latest research focuses on using machine
learning to better understand human behaviour.
He enjoys writing,
having recently co-authoredScarcity: Why
Having too Little Means so Muchand
writesregularlyfor the New York Times.
He helped co-found
a non-profit to apply behavioural science (ideas42), co-founded a center to
promote the use of randomized control trials in development (theAbdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action
Lab), serves on the board of the MacArthur Foundation, has worked in government
in various roles, is affiliated with the NBER, BREAD, and a member of the
American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
He is a recipient of the MacArthur “genius” Award, has been designated a
“Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum, labeled a “Top 100 Thinker”
by Foreign Policy Magazine, and named to the “Smart List: 50 people who will
change the world” by Wired Magazine (UK). His hobbies include basketball, board
games, googling and fixing-up classic espresso machines.
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