John Van Reenen

John Van Reenen has been Professor of economics at the London School of Economics and Director of the Centre of Economic Performance (Europe's leading research centre for applied economics since 2003. He is the winner of the 2009 Yrjö Jahnsson Award. awarded to best economist under the age of 45 “who has made a contribution that is significant to economics in Europe”. The prize is the most prestigious award in European economics and equivalent of the US Bates Clarke Medal. He is a Fellow of the British Academy.

He has published over fifty articles on all areas of economics but with a particular focus on the causes and consequences of innovation. His recent work investigates why there are so many "bad bosses" in all areas of the private and public sectors (such as hospitals) and what can be done to improve management quality and productivity.

He has been a senior policy advisor to 10 Downing Street, the UK Secretary of State for Health and the European Commission. He received his BA from the University of Cambridge, his MSc from the London School of Economics and his PhD from University College London. He has taught industrial economics, labour economics and econometrics. He has been a Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, a visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley, at Princeton and the Denning Visiting Professor of Global Business and Economics at Stanford. He is a Research Fellow at the CEPR, NBER and IZA.

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