Erik Hurst is the V. Duane Rath Professor of Economics and John E. Jeuck Faculty Fellow at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. He is also the current deputy director of the University of Chicago’s Becker-Friedman Institute and a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution.
He serves as a research associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research, a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and a coeditor of the National Bureau of Economics Macroeconomics Annual. From 20142017, Hurst served as a coeditor for the Journal of Political Economy.
Professor Hurst is a macroeconomist whose research has advanced the understanding of labor markets, consumer theory, housing markets, regional economics, mortgage markets, and entrepreneurship. His research on these topics has appeared in top economic journals and is frequently cited in The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.
Professor Hurst received the 2006 TIAA-CREF Paul Samuelson Award for the best published paper dealing with household financial security and was also awarded the 2012 Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship bestowed annually to one scholar under the age of forty whose research has made a significant contribution to the entrepreneurship literature.
In both 2008 and 2010, the Chicago Booth students awarded Professor Hurst the Emory Williams Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2013 the students awarded him their Faculty Excellence Award for his commitment to teaching. And in 2017 Hurst was awarded the McKinsey prize for best teacher at Chicago Booth.
Professor Hurst earned a BA in economics in 1993 from Clarkson University. He went on to earn an MA in economics in 1995 and a PhD in economics in 1999 from the University of Michigan.