Curriculum Vitae

Nathaniel Hendren joined the economics department at Harvard University in July 2013 as an assistant professor. His scholarship combines theoretical and empirical work in public economics. Topics include the role of private information in preventing the existence of private insurance markets, the welfare measurement of social insurance, methods of interpersonal comparisons, and intergenerational mobility. Hendren spent the 2012–2013 academic year at the National Bureau of Economic Research on a post-doctoral fellowship studying issues related to health and aging. His doctoral thesis, which found empirical evidence that private information prevents people with pre-existing conditions from being offered insurance at any price, received the John Heinz Dissertation Award from the National Academy of Social Insurance and the Geneva Association’s Ernst Meyer Prize. Hendren is currently working with Raj Chetty on a National Science Foundation grant to study pathways to economic opportunity and intergenerational mobility, and studying the impact of knowledge about future events on methods of valuing social insurance. He earned a B.S. in mathematics and economics from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.