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John Van Reenen

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Department of EconomicsGordon Y Billard Professor in Management and Economics
Professor of Applied Economics, MIT Sloan and MIT Department of Economics
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John Van Reenen is the Gordon Y Billard Professor in Management and Economics and is jointly appointed as professor of applied economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management and in the Department of Economics. From October 2003 to July 2016, John Van Reenen was professor of economics at the London School of Economics and the director of the Centre for Economic Performance, Europe’s leading applied economics research center. In 2016, he received the Medal of the Order of the British Empire for services to economics and public policy making, and in 2009 was awarded the Yrjö Jahnsson Award, the European equivalent to the US Bates Clark Medal. Van Reenen has published widely on the economics of innovation, labor markets, and productivity. He has been a senior policy advisor to the Secretary of State for Health, Downing Street, and for many international organizations. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford, and Harvard University; a research fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies; a professor at University College London; a partner in Lexecon Ltd. (now CRAI); and chief technology officer of a software startup. Van Reenen holds a BA in economics and social and political sciences from Queens College, University of Cambridge, an MSc in industrial relations from the London School of Economics, and a PhD from University College London in economics.

Professor Van Reenen discusses the impacts of technology on society over time.