John Van Reenen’s research interests include the economics of innovation, labor markets, and productivity. His work has been applied in his functions as senior policy advisor to the Secretary of State for Health, Downing Street, and numerous international organizations.
Prior to his position at MIT, Van Reenen was a Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and University College London, the Director of the Centre for Economic Performance, a Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley, Stanford, and Harvard, a Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and the Chief Technology Officer of a software start-up. In 2016, he was honored with the Medal of the Order of the British Empire, and in 2009 he received the Yrjö Jahnsson Award.
Van Reenen holds a BA from Queens College, University of Cambridge, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a PhD from University College London.