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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Testimony to the Ways and Means Committee on the Effects of Spending and Deficits on Job Growth

featuring Edward Paul Lazearvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, March 31, 2011

Chairman Camp, Ranking Member Levin and members of the committee: Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak to you today.

In the News

The Effects of Spending and Deficits on Job Growth

by Edward Paul Lazearvia U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Testimony of Edward Paul Lazear Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means...

Budget discussion

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, March 28, 2011

Ed Lazear discusses the budget with Maria Bartiromo on CNBC.

Analysis and Commentary

Unsustainable budget threatens nation

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Politico
Thursday, March 24, 2011

Repeated battles over the 2011 budget are taking attention from a more dire problem—the long-run budget deficit...

CEA Chair Fiscal Op-ed

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, March 24, 2011

10 former Chairs of the Council of Economic Advisers, including Hoover Senior Fellow Edward Lazear, published the following op-ed in POLITICO.

Interview on President Obama’s Proposed Budget

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, February 17, 2011

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How to Grow out of the Deficit

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The pressure for big tax increases vanishes when profligate spending does, too. By Edward P. Lazear.

Ed Lazear on economics & immigration

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, November 15, 2010

Ed Lazear talks about the interaction between economics and immigration on CNBC’s Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo.

Analysis and Commentary

How to Grow Out of the Deficit

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, September 27, 2010

Limiting spending increases to inflation minus 1% would balance the budget in less than a decade...

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