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Staff Biography

[Photo: John VAN REENEN] Professor John VAN REENEN
Associate - Growth
Email: vanreenen@MIT.edu

Tel: +1 617 253 2932
Curriculum Vitae PDF 

Expertise: Innovation, productivity, Industrial organisation, labour economics, public policy, competition policy


Tenured Professor MIT Department of Economics and Applied Economics Group, Sloan School of Management

Editorial Board of Quantitative Economics, Journal of the European Economic Association and Management Science

Winner of the 2014 European Investment Bank Prize for Excellence in Economic and Social Research

Winner of the 2009 Yrjö Jahnsson Award (European equivalent to the Bates Clark Medal)

Fellow of the British Academy, Econometric Society and the Society of Labour Economists

Other Recent Positions:

I have extensive experience working as an economist for various private and public sector organisations including:

  1. Full Professor in the Department of Economics, London School of Economics.
  2. Director Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics.
  3. Professor, Department of Economics, University College London (1994-2003)
  4. Senior Policy Analyst in the Strategy Unit at the Department of Health (2000-01), reporting directly to the Secretary of State
  5. Visiting Professor, Department of Economics University of California at Berkeley, January 1998-January 1999
  6. Policy advisor to No.10 Downing Street, 1999-2000, education, enterprise and tax.
  7. Research Fellow in the Corporate Sector, Institute for Fiscal Studies (September 1992-February 1999). Founded the productivity and innovation program at IFS
  8. Editorial Board - Economic Policy (2000-2003), European Economic Review (1999-2003), The Review of Economic Studies (1997-2003), Editorial Board of Journal of Industrial Economics (1996-2008)
  9. Partner, Lexecon Ltd 2001-2002
  10. Denning Visiting Professor of Global Business and Economics (2008-2009), Stanford University


  • 1990-92 University College London PhD
  • 1988-89 London School of Economics MSc (Distinction with Prize)
  • 1986-88 Queens College, University of Cambridge BA (First Class, Joshua King prize, College prize and Subject prizes)
  • 1978-84 Kelsey Park Comprehensive School

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