David Lagakos’ research focuses on macroeconomic and growth theory. Much of his recent work examines productivity, particularly as it relates to agriculture and developing economies. He also is interested in human capital.
In 2011, Lagakos, in tandem with Michael Waugh, was awarded a grant from the International Growth Center to fund research on the agricultural productivity gap in developing countries, resulting in a paper on the topic.
Lagakos began his career as a research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis from 2001 to 2003. After earning his master’s and doctorate degrees the University of California, Los Angeles, he joined the economics faculty at Arizona State University in 2009 as an assistant professor. In 2013 he became assistant professor of economics at the University of California, San Diego. Currently, he is a research affiliate with the Economic Fluctuations and Growth Group at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has twice held a visiting position at Yale University’s Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, in 2011 and 2013.
Lagakos earned his BA in mathematics and economics from the University of Rochester in 2001 before pursuing graduate studies at UCLA.