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Professor John Van reenen

Professor John Van Reenen

Director, Programme on Innovation and Diffusion; Ronald Coase Chair in Economics and School Professor

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 and Digital Fellow, Initiative for the Digital Economy at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT). He was also the Director of Centre for Economic Performance, at LSE.

Until 2020 he was Gordon Billard Professor in the MIT Economics Department and Sloan Management School. He has published more than 100 papers on many areas in economics with a 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, the Econometric 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.

Recent Articles

Turbulence, Firm Decentralization and Growth in Bad Times (with Philippe Aghion, Nick Bloom, Brian Lucking and Raffaella Sadun), American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (1) 133-169.

Trapped Factors and China's Impact on Global Growth (with Nick Bloom, Paul Romer and Stephen Terry), The Economic Journal 131(633) 156-191.

The World Management Survey at 18 (with Daniela Scur, Raffaella Sadun, Renata Lemos and Nick Bloom), Oxford Review of Economic Policy 37(2) 231-258.