Nathaniel Hendren joined the economics department at Harvard University in July 2013 as an assistant professor. His scholarship focuses on health, information, labor, and public economics, including credit market distortions, optimal taxation, welfare measurement, and insurance regulation. Hendren spent the 2012–2013 academic year at the National Bureau of Economic Research on a post-doctoral fellowship studying issues related to health and aging. His doctoral thesis, which found empirical evidence that private information held by the potential applicant pool prevents insurers from offering insurance at any price, received the John Heinz Dissertation Award from the National Academy of Social Insurance and the Geneva Association’s Ernst Meyer Prize. Hendren is currently working with Raj Chetty on a National Science Foundation grant to study pathways to economic opportunity and intergenerational mobility.
Hendren earned a B.S. in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Chicago in 2005, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012.