Susan Helper

Susan Helper


  • Program Co-Director
  • Innovation, Equity, & The Future of Prosperity


  • National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Case Western Reserve University


  • United States


PhD (Economics), Harvard University
BA (Economics, Government and Spanish) Oberlin College


Susan Helper is the Carlton Professor of Economics at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

She was formerly Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Commerce and a member of the White House Staff. She has served as department chair and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford, the University of California (Berkeley), Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her research focuses on the innovation and equity in global supply chains, especially in the automotive industry.

Relevant Publications

Susan Helper et al. “Who Profits from Industry 4.0? Evidence from the Auto Industry,” working paper.

Erica L. Groshen et al. “Preparing US Workers and Employers for an Autonomous Vehicle Future,” prepared for Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) Foundation, 2018.

Susan Helper and Rebecca Henderson. “Management Practices, Relational Contracts, and the Fall of General Motors.” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 28 (1):49-72, Winter 2014.

Susan Helper, “Economists and Field Research: ‘You Can Observe a Lot Just by Watching,’” American Economic Review, 90(2):228-232, May 2000.

Susan Helper, John Paul MacDuffie, and Charles F. Sabel, “Pragmatic Collaborations: Advancing Knowledge While Controlling Opportunism,” Industrial and Corporate Change, 9(3):443-83, 2000.