John Van Reenen

John Van Reenen is a Digital Fellow in MIT’s Initiative for the Digital Economy and Ronald Coase School Professor at the London School of Economics
John Van Reenen, Professor of Applied Economics

Featured Research

"Who Becomes an Inventor in America?" The Importance of Exposure to Innovation." Bell, Alex, Raj Chetty, Xavier Jaravel, Neviana Petkova, and John Van Reenen. Quarterly Journal of Economics. Forthcoming. Data. The Economist. Vox US. The Conversation. Fortune. The Atlantic. Vox. New York Times.

"Firm Size Distortions and the Productivity Distribution: Evidence from France." Garicano, Luis, Claire Lelarge, and John Van Reenen. American Economic Review Vol. 106, No. 11 (2016): 3439-3479. Data Set; Appendix;  New York TimesEconomist

"Carbon Taxes, Path Dependency and Directed Technical Change: Evidence from the Auto Industry." Aghion, Philippe, Antoine Dechezlepetre, David Hemous, Ralf Martin, and John Van Reenen. Journal of Political Economy Vol. 124, No. 1 (2016): 1-51. Lead article.

"Trade Induced Technical Change? The Impact of Chinese Imports on Innovation, IT and Productivity." Bloom, Nicholas, Mirko Draca, and John Van Reenen. Review of Economic Studies Vol. 83, No. 1 (2016): 87-117.

"The Impact of Competition on Management Quality: Evidence from Public Hospitals." Bloom, Nicholas, Carol Propper, Stephan Seiler, and John Van Reenen. Review of Economic Studies Vol. 82, No. 2 (2015): 457-489.

"Brexit's Long-Run Effects on the U.K. Economy." Van Reenen, John. Brookings Papers on Economic Activity. (2016): 367-383.



John Van Reenen is Ronald Coase School Professor at the London School of Economics and Digital Fellow, Initiative for the Digital Economy at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT). Until 2020 he was Gordon Billard Professor MIT Economics Department and Sloan Management School.  He has published over a hundred papers on many areas in economics with a particular focus on firm performance and the causes and consequences of innovation.

He was the 2009 winner of the Yrjö Jahnsson Award (the European equivalent of the Clark Medal); the Arrow Prize (2011); the European Investment Bank Prize (2014), and the HBR-McKinsey Award (2018). He is a fellow of the British Academy, the Econometric Society, the NBER, CEPR and the Society of Labor Economists. In 2017, he was awarded an OBE for “services to public policy and economics” by the Queen.


Media Highlights

No industrial policy, we're British

Professor John Van Reenen, director of the Centre for Economic Performance at the LSE, explains to Ferdinando Giugliano, FT leader writer, how industrial policy can help to get the economy going again.

Do Bankers Bonuses Need An Overhaul?

John Van Reenen, director of Centre for Economic Performance at LSE, tells CNBC why he is in favor of rewards in the financial sector being based on long term success, not short term risk.

MIT's Van Reenen Warns of Brexit's Big Costs for U.K.

John Van Reenen discusses the costs and disruptions of Brexit and the post-Brexit issues facing the U.K. He speaks on "Bloomberg Surveillance."