Lawrence F. Katz


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Lawrence Francis Katz (born 1959) is Elisabeth Allison Professor of Economics at Harvard University and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.[10]

Larry Katz
Born1959 (age 62–63)
InstitutionHarvard University
FieldLabor economics
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley (BA)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA, PhD)
Henry Farber
Cecilia Rouse
Jon Gruber[1]
Judith K. Hellerstein
Jeffrey Liebman
Sandra Black[2]
Marianne Bertrand[3]
Sendhil Mullainathan
David Autor[4]
Mário Centeno[5]
Bridget Terry Long[6]
Justin Wolfers[7]
Raj Chetty[8]
Heidi Williams[9]
Information at IDEAS / RePEc
WebsiteOfficial website

Education and careerEdit

He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1981 and earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985.[10]

He served as the chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor from 1993 to 1994 under Robert Reich, Bill Clinton's then Secretary of Labor.[11]

Katz and his fellow Harvard colleague Claudia Goldin, who is his "personal as well as research partner",[12] wrote The Race Between Education and Technology in 2008, which argued that the United States became the world's richest nation thanks to its schools.[13] It was praised as "a monumental achievement that supplies a unified framework for interpreting how the demand and supply of human capital have shaped the distribution of earnings in the U.S. labor market over the twentieth century",[14] and Alan Krueger of Princeton University said that it "represent[ed] the best of what economics has to offer".[15]

Katz has been editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics since 1991.[16] He also serves as the Principal Investigator for the long-term evaluation of the "Moving to Opportunity", a randomized housing mobility experiment.

He is the co-Scientific Director of J-PAL North America, past President of the Society of Labor Economists, and has been elected a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Econometric Society, and the Society of Labor Economists. Katz serves on the Panel of Economic Advisers of the Congressional Budget Office as well as on the Boards of the Russell Sage Foundation and the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation.[10]


  1. ^ Changes in the structure of employer-provided health insurance
  2. ^ Black's website
  3. ^ An Interview with Marianne Bertrand, 2004 Elaine Bennett Research Award Winner
  4. ^ Essays on the Changing Labor Market: Computerization, Inequality, and the Development of the Contingent Work Force: Dissertation Summary Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  5. ^ Lawrence Katz Past Ph.D. Students Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  6. ^ Longs's CV
  7. ^ WolfersCV
  8. ^[bare URL PDF]
  9. ^ "Williams's CV". Archived from the original on February 20, 2019. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  10. ^ a b c "Biographical Sketch". The President and Fellows of Harvard College. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  11. ^ Bevir, M.; Trentmann, F. (October 28, 2002). Critiques of Capital in Modern Britain and America: Transatlantic Exchanges 1800 to the Present Day. Springer. ISBN 978-0-230-50572-8.
  12. ^ Jonas, Michael (November 3, 2011). "Learning curve". CommonWealth magazine. No. Fall 2011/American Dream Special Issue. Archived from the original on July 30, 2014. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  13. ^ Kotkin, Stephen (October 5, 2008). "Minding the Inequality Gap". New York Times.
  14. ^ Daron Acemoğlu; David Autor (June 2012). "What Does Human Capital Do? A Review of Goldin and Katz's The Race between Education and Technology". Journal of Economic Literature. 50 (2): 426–463. doi:10.1257/jel.50.2.426. hdl:1721.1/73913. S2CID 1160680.
  15. ^ Goldin, Claudia Dale; Katz, Lawrence F. (2009). The Race between Education and Technology. ISBN 978-0674035300.
  16. ^ States, United; Committee, United States Congress Joint Economic (1993). High-wage Jobs in a Competitive Global Economy: Hearing Before the Joint Economic Committee, Congress of the United States, One Hundred Second Congress, Second Session, September 16, 1992. U.S. Government Printing Office. ISBN 978-0-16-043229-3.