Roland Bénabou



  • Fellow
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth


  • Princeton University
Department of Economics and Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs


  • United States


PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MEng, École nationale des ponts et chaussées
BEng, École polytechnique


Roland Bénabou is an economic theorist whose research covers a broad set of both macroeconomic and microeconomic issues, with a general emphasis on heterogeneity, market imperfections and social interactions.

Among the topics he has contributed to are inflation, price setting, speculation and search theory; social stratification, education finance and the structure of cities; macroeconomics with heterogeneous agents, and the links between inequality and growth; social mobility and the political economy of redistribution; and economics and psychology, including overconfidence, willpower, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, identity and ideology.


Member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Member of Russell Sage Behavioral Economics Roundtable

Member of Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton

Co-Editor, American Economic Review

Associate Editor, Journal of Economic Growth

Relevant Publications

Bénabou, R., and J. Tirole. "Bonus Culture: Competitive Pay, Screening and Multitasking." Journal of Political Economy 124, no. 2 (March 2016): 305–70. (Lead article).

Bénabou, R. et al. "Religion and Innovation." Am. Econ. Rev. 105, no. 5 (March 2015): 346–51.

Bénabou, R., A. Banerje, and D. Mookherjee, eds. Understanding Poverty. Oxford University Press, 2006.