Edward Paul Lazear

Morris Arnold and Nona Jean Cox Senior Fellow
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Awards and Honors:
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Econometric Society (elected fellow)
American Association for the Advancement of Sciences
Society of Labor Economists
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Edward P. Lazear is the Morris Arnold and Nona Jean Cox Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Davies Family Professor of Economics at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. Lazear served at the White House from 2006 to 2009, where he was chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers. Before coming to Stanford, he taught at the University of Chicago.

Lazear has received numerous honors and prizes: among them, the 1998 Leo Melamed Biennial Prize for the best research by a business school professor, the 2004 Prize for Outstanding Contributions to Labor Economics from the Institute for the Study of Labor, and the 2006 Jacob Mincer Prize for lifetime achievement in the field of labor economics. He holds four honorary degrees, the most recent from the Copenhagen Business School (2013).

Founding editor of the Journal of Labor Economics and founder of the Society of Labor Economists, he is also an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Econometric Society, and the Society of Labor Economists. He is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Testing and Assessment. Lazear was the first vice-president and then president of the Society of Labor Economists.

Lazear has written or edited a dozen books including Personnel Economics (MIT Press, 1995), which expands on his 1993 Wicksell Lectures. He has published more than one hundred papers in leading professional journals.

He received the Distinguished Teaching Award from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business in 1994 and the Distinguished Service Award from Stanford University in 2002.

Lazear holds AB and AM degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a PhD from Harvard University.

Lazear's vitae and papers can be accessed through his personal webpage at http://faculty-gsb.stanford.edu/lazear/.

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Analysis and Commentary

Introducing the Immigration Reform Channel

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Introducing the Immigration Reform Channel

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Immigration Reform
Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Hoover Institution’s Conte Initiative on Immigration Reform is the result of numerous conferences, meetings, and conversations during the past year among academics, politicians, and Hoover fellows who are concerned with the structure and outcomes of America’s immigr

Analysis and Commentary

Beware the Monthly Jobs-Report Chatter

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, April 4, 2013

April 5 brings us another "jobs day," the first Friday in each month, when the latest employment numbers come out. With much business-media fanfare, the numbers will be parsed for what they tell us about the economy and where it is headed.

Analysis and Commentary

A Market Solution to Immigration Reform

by Gary S. Becker, Edward Paul Lazearvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, March 1, 2013

Since the recession formally ended in June 2009, the American economy has been growing at a rate of 2%, about one percentage point below its long-term average. To improve this performance, the U.S.

Edward Lazear, the Morris Arnold and Nona Jean Cox Senior Fellow at the Hoover I

Lazear: How to fix the US economy

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Stanford Graduate School of Business
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Edward Lazear, the Morris Arnold and Nona Jean Cox Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and former chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, weighs in on how to get the federal budget under control and the US economy back on track.

Why Hiring is Stuck

by Edward Paul Lazear, James R. Spletzer
Friday, January 25, 2013

Don’t blame mismatched skills for stubbornly high unemployment. The sluggish economy just isn’t creating jobs. By Edward Paul Lazear.

Analysis and Commentary

Chinese 'Currency Manipulation' Is Not the Problem

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, January 7, 2013

When things are not going well, it is common to seek scapegoats. In this vein, populists of various stripes allege that China manipulates the value of its currency to favor its exports and undercut American workers, particularly in manufacturing.


Analysis and Commentary

Election Could Determine Future Course of The Economy

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Daily Caller (DC)
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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Own It

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

It’s way too late for the Obama administration to go on blaming its predecessor for a wobbly economy. By Edward P. Lazear.

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