David Autor

Labor Economist

David Autor is Ford Professor of Economics and Associate Head of the MIT Department of Economics. Autor’s work assesses the labor market consequences of technological change and globalization, focusing on earnings inequality, employment and unemployment, and feedback between labor market opportunities, household structure, and the social and intellectual development of children.

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Autor earned a B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 1999. Prior to graduate study, he devoted three years to directing computer skills education for economically disadvantaged children and adults at non-profit organizations in San Francisco and South Africa.

Alongside his MIT affiliation, Autor is Faculty Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Research Affiliate of the Abdul Jameel Latif Poverty Action Lab, Co-director of the MIT School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative, and Director of the NBER Disability Research Center.

He is an elected officer of the American Economic Association and the Society of Labor Economists, and has received the NSF Career award, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, and the Sherwin Rosen Prize for outstanding contributions in the field of Labor Economics.

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