Avner Greif

Bowman Family Professor in the Humanities and Sciences
Stanford University
2/17/14 2/21/14
Avner Greif is the Bowman Family Endowed Professor in Humanities and Sciences in the Department of Economics at Stanford University. 
An expert in European economic history and institutional economics, Greif examines how the development of economic institutions interacts with political, social and cultural forces, and how those interactions promote or hinder economic growth. His latest published work examines social institutions of England that fostered the development and use of productivity-enhancing innovations, thus setting the country on the path to developing the first modern economy in the world. 
Greif completed his PhD in economics at Northwestern University in 1989. In 1998, he received a 'genius grant' from the MacArthur Foundation in support of his work.