Professor of economics
areas of expertise: human capital, labor market impacts of technological change, temporary help employment, disability insurance policy, job testing
David Autor is a professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, faculty research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Economic Perspectives (published by the American Economic Association). He has also served on the Board of Editors at the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics and the Journal of Labor Economics.
Autor received a BA in psychology with a minor in computer science from Tufts University in 1989 and a PhD in public policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 1999.
His current fields of specialization include human capital and earnings inequality, labor market impacts of technological change, disability insurance and labor supply, and temporary help and other intermediated work arrangements, and health, disability and labor supply.
Autor is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award for his research on labor market intermediation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, and the Sherwin Rosen Prize in 2008 for outstanding contributions in the field of labor economics. He is also a fellow at the Society of Labor Economists and was a recipient of both the John T. Dunlop Outstanding Scholar Award given by the Labor and Employment Relations Association (2006) and MIT Undergraduate Economics Association Teaching Award (2005).
Autor is currently a member of the American Economic Association’s Standing Committee on Oversight and Operation of Programs (SCOOP). Prior to obtaining his PhD, Autor spent three years directing efforts in San Francisco and South Africa to teach computer skills to economically disadvantaged children and adults.
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