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Economics at Heinz

The Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon contains a graduate school of public policy and management and a graduate school of information systems management. The college was founded in 1968 and has had economics as one of its core areas from its very inception. At present Heinz economists are actively working on a variety of issues in applied microeconomics. Economists at the Heinz College regularly publish in top economics journals like the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the Review of Economics and Statistics, and in other fields such as demography, psychology, and statistics.

Economists at Heinz are part of a larger economics community at Carnegie Mellon, which includes colleagues at the Tepper School of Business and the Department of Social and Decision Sciences. Heinz faculty engage actively in a Faculty Research Seminar, an Informal Lunch Seminar, and an Applied Microeconomics Seminar. The College offers a Ph.D. in Public Policy, and participates in the joint Ph.D. program in Economics and Public Policy, the joint Ph.D. in Statistics and Public Policy, and the joint Ph.D. In Machine Learning and Public Policy. In addition, the College offers masters programs in public policy and management and a number of other areas.

Economics Faculty

Lee Branstetter Lee Branstetter, PhD, Harvard. Economics of Technology and Innovation, International Economics

  • NBER Research Associate, International Trade & Investment Program and Productivity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program
  • Senior Economist for International Trade and Investment, President's Council of Economic Advisors (2011-2012)
  • Director, Future of Work Initiative (2016-present)
  • Editorial Board: Journal of International Economics (2003-2011)


Linda Babcock Linda Babcock, PhD, Wisconsin. Behavioral Economics, Negotiation

  • Author of “Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide,” translated into Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Danish, and named one of the 75 smartest business books of all time by Fortune.
  • Founder and director of the Program for Research and Outreach on Gender Equity in Society (PROGRESS).


Karen Clay Karen Clay, PhD, Stanford. Economic History, Environmental Economics, Law and Economics

  • NBER Faculty Research Fellow, Development of the American Economy and Environmental and Energy Economics
  • Editorial Board: Explorations in Economic History (2012-2015), Journal of Comparative Economics (2010-2014), Journal of Economic History (2009-2013)


Dennis Epple Dennis Epple, (primary Tepper School of Business), PhD, Princeton. Public Economics

  • NBER Research Associate, Public Economics Program, Program on Children, and Economics of Education Program
  • Fellow, Econometric Society
  • Co-Editor: American Economic Review (1994-1999), Journal of Public Economics (2006-2014). Editiorial Board: Journal of Public Economics (2001-2006), Quarterly Journal of Economics (2001-2005), American Economic Review (1999-2003), Journal of Public Economic Theory (2004-2012), Economics and Geography (2000-2015), Research in Economics (2016-present), B.E. Journals of Economic Analysis and Policy (2001-2014)


Martin Gaynor Martin Gaynor, PhD, Northwestern. Health Economics, Industrial Organization

  • NBER Research Associate, Health Care Program
  • Director, Bureau of Economics, Federal Trade Commission (2013-2014)
  • Member, National Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Social Insurance
  • Recipient: Victor R. Fuchs Award, Kenneth J Arrow Award
  • Editorial Board: American Journal of Health Economics (2014-present), Internattional Journal of Health Care Economics and Managmenet (1999-present), Forum for Health Economics and Policy (2004-present), Health Economics (2005-2012), American Economic Review (1998-2003), Health Services Research (1996-2010)
  • Founder and 1st Chair of Governing Board, Health Care Cost Institute


Akshaya Jha Akshaya Jha, PhD, Stanford. Environmental Economics, Energy Economics, Industrial Organization

  • NBER Faculty Research Fellow, Environment and Energy Economics
  • Winner, USAEE Young Professional Research Competition


Felix Koenig Felix Koenig, Ph.D., London School of Economics. Labor Economics, Public Economics

  • IZA Research Affiliate
  • Princeton University Postdoctoral Fellow, Industrial Relations Section (2019-2020)
  • Recipient: Upjohn Institute Early Career Research Award


Brian Kovak Brian Kovak, PhD, Michigan. International Trade, Labor Economics

  • NBER Research Associate, International Trade & Investment Program; IZA Research Fellow
  • Editorial Board: Journal of Development Economics (2014-2019), Journal of International Economics (2020-present)
  • 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellow, 2014 IZA Young Labor Economist Award


Edson Severnini Edson Severnini, PhD, UC Berkeley. Urban Ecoonomics, Energy Economics, Environmental Economics, Economic History

  • NBER Faculty Research Fellow, Environment and Energy Economics, Children, and Development of the American Economy
  • IZA Research Affiliate


Robert Strauss Robert Strauss, PhD, Wisconsin. Public Finance, Human Resources

  • Exceptional Service Award, US Treasury, 1972
  • Presidential pens from Richard M. Nixon (1972) and Gerald R. Ford (1976)
  • Advisory Boards: State Tax Notes (1985.--), IRS Statistics of Income Division (1982.--)
  • National Academy Panelist on State and Local Statistics 1987-8


Lowell Taylor Lowell Taylor, PhD, Michigan. Labor Economics, Population Economics

  • NBER Research Associate, Labor Studies Program; IZA Research Fellow
  • Senior Economist, President's Council of Economic Advisors (2000)
  • Recipient: Kenneth J Arrow Award
  • Senior Fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago, serving as Principal Investigator of the 1997 National Longitudinal Study of Youth (NLSY97).