John Van Reenen

John Van Reenen is the Gordon Y Billard Professor in Management and Economics and is a jointly appointed Professor of Applied Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management and in the Department 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 the Gordon Y Billard Professor in Management and Economics and is jointly appointed as Professor of Applied Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management and in the Department of Economics.

From October 2003 to July 2016 John Van Reenen was Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and the Director of the Centre for Economic Performance, Europe’s leading applied economics research centre.

In 2016 he was the appointed as Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to Economics and Public Policy Making, and in 2009 was awarded the Yrjö Jahnsson Award, the European equivalent to the US Bates Clark Medal.

Van Reenen has published widely on the economics of innovation, labor markets and productivity. He has been a senior policy advisor to the Secretary of State for Health, Downing Street, and for many international organizations. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford and at Harvard University, a Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, a Professor at University College London, a partner in Lexecon Ltd. (now CRAI), and Chief Technology Officer of a software start-up.

Van Reenen holds a BA in economics and social and political sciences from Queens College, University of Cambridge, an MSc in industrial relations from the London School of Economics, and a PhD from University College London in economics.

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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."