Becker Friedman Institute
for Research in Economics
The University of Chicago

Research. Insights. Impact. Advancing the Legacy of Chicago Economics.

Erik Hurst

V. Duane Rath Professor of Economics and the John E. Jeuck Faculty Fellow
University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Deputy Director
Becker Friedman Institute

Erik Hurst is an accomplished macroeconomist. His research examines housing markets, labor markets, and household financial behavior. In the latter field, his particular focus is on household production and its links to consumption, retirement, and the business cycle.

Hurst received the 2012 Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship, which is awarded annually to a scholar under the age of 40. In 2007, he was given the TIAA-CREF Paul Samuelson Award for writing the year’s best paper on the topic of lifelong financial security. He has twice received the Emory Williams Award for Teaching Excellence at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, in 2008 and 2010.

Hurst first joined the University of Chicago faculty in 1999. In 2008, he assumed his current position of V. Duane Rath Professor of Economics, and currently serves as the John E. Jeuck Faculty Fellow. For the duration of the 2010-11 school year, he was a visiting professor of economics at Harvard University. At present, he is affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research’s working groups on aging, economic fluctuations, and public economics. He is also an associate editor of the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and, formerly, the Journal of Monetary Economics.

Hurst completed his PhD and MA in economics at the University of Michigan in 1999 and 1995, respectively. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business and finance from Clarkson University in 1993.