Nathaniel Hendren’s scholarship combines theoretical and empirical work in public economics. Topics include the role of private information in preventing the existence of private insurance markets, the welfare measurements of government policies and methods of interpersonal comparisons, and intergenerational mobility.
Hendren joined the economics department at Harvard University in July 2013. He spent the 2012–2013 academic year at the National Bureau of Economic Research on a postdoctoral fellowship studying issues related to health and aging.
His doctoral thesis received the John Heinz Dissertation Award from the National Academy of Social Insurance and the Geneva Association’s Ernst Meyer Prize. In 2015, Hendren was named a Furer Fellow. He 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 and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.