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

Election Could Determine Future Course of The Economy

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Daily Caller (DC)
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Recovery 2009 playing baseball

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.

Analysis and Commentary

Middle Class Will Share with Rich the Burden of Spending

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Orlando Sentinel
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Analysis and Commentary

There Is No 'Structural' Unemployment Problem

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, September 3, 2012

The unemployment rate has exceeded 8% for more than three years. This has led some commentators and policy makers to speculate that there has been a fundamental change in the labor market.

Why Is the Recovery So Slow?

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Hoover Digest
Monday, August 13, 2012

Short-term gimmicks and uncertainty continue to keep long-term growth out of reach. By Edward P. Lazear.

Analysis and Commentary

Slow Recovery or Failed Agenda?

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, July 30, 2012

How Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will debate the employment and economic numbers during the campaign...

Analysis and Commentary

Whose Fault Is Today's Bad Economy?

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, June 14, 2012

What we're experiencing is a new wave of slowdowns, not a continuation of past problems...

Analysis and Commentary

Three Views of the 'Fiscal Cliff'

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, May 20, 2012

It's the tax increases we have to fear. Spending cuts won't hurt the economy...

Analysis and Commentary

Data Matters: G-7 GDP growth since summer 2009

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The potential for a stronger economic recovery demonstrated by two of our peers supports a reassessment of the U.S. government’s response to the Financial Crisis and economic policy actions over the last three years...

Worst Economic Recovery Ever?

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, April 4, 2012

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