Sendhil Mullainathan is a professor of economics at Harvard University and Founder of ideas42, a nonprofit organization devoted to taking insights about people from behavioral economics and using it to create novel policies, interventions, and products.  He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a founding member of the Poverty Action Lab, and a board member of the Bureau of Research in the Economic Analysis of Development.   He is a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant."  He has recently been appointed assistant director of research at the U.S. Treasury’s newly minted Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Professor Mullainathan conducts research on development economics, behavioral economics, and corporate finance.   He has published extensively in top economics journals including the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the Journal of Political Economy.  In addition to being a MacArthur Fellow, Mullainathan is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including those from the National Science Foundation, the Olin Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation.  


Features by Sendhil Mullainathan

Why giving stuff away is good for business

Businesses sometimes give away stuff for free, but what's the pay-off? Harvard's Sendhil Mullainathan explains the concept of reciprocity.
Posted In: psychology, free

Why are we outraged over high gas prices?

Behavioral economist Sendhil Mullainathan puts into perspective why we shouldn't be too angry over rising gas prices.
Posted In: gas prices, gas, behavioral economics, spending

How Google searches are leading economic indicators

Behavioral economist Sendhil Mullainathan discusses how data from your online searches can help not just advertisers, but also economists in researching the state of the economy.
Posted In: online advertising, Google, leading economic indicators
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