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Professor John Van Reenen.

Professor John Van Reenen


Expertise: innovation, productivity, industrial organisation, labour economics, public policy, competition policy

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John Van Reenen is the Director of the Programme on Innovation and Diffusion. He is the Ronald Coase Chair in Economics and School Professor, Department of Economics at the London School of Economics. He was also the director of Centre for Economic Performance, at LSE.

Until 2020 he was Gordon Billard Professor MIT Economics Department and Sloan Management School. He has published over a hundred papers on many areas in economics with particular focus on firm performance and the causes and consequences of innovation. He was the 2009 winner of the Yrjo Jahnsson Award (the European equivalent of the Clark Medal). the Arrow Prize (2011); the European Investment Bank Prize (2014), and the HBR-McKinsey Award (2018). He is a fellow of the British Academy Society, the NBER, CEPR and the Society of Labor Economists. In 2017 he was awarded an OBE for 'services to public policy and economics' by the Queen.

Other Recent Positions:

John has extensive experience working as an economist for various private and public sector organisations including:-

  1. Gordon Y. Billard Professor of Management and Economics Joint appointment in MIT Department of Economics and Applied Economics Group, Sloan School of Management (2016-2020)
  2. BP Visiting Professor, London School of Economics (2019).
  3. Director of the Centre for Economic Performance (2003-16).
  4. Professor, Department of Economics, University College London (1994-2003).
  5. Commissioner, City Growth Commission Inquiry (chaired by Jim O'Neill) 2014-15,
  6. Commissioner, Inclusive Prosperity Commission (chaired by Ed Balls and Larry Summers) 2013-15

Current areas of research include:

  • Director of the LSE's new Programme on Innovation and Diffusion (POID). POID is rooted in the argument that productivity growth rests ultimately upon two elements: innovation - ideas that are new to the world - and the diffusion of these ideas across the economy.