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Roland Bénabou Economic theory

Roland Bénabou’s 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; economics and psychology, including overconfidence, willpower, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, identity and ideology.


Member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2011.

Member of Russel Sage Behavioral Economics Roundtable, 2005.

Member of Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, 2002.

Co-Editor, American Economic Review

Associate Editor, Journal of Economic Growth

Relevant Publications

R. Bénabou and J. Tirole, "Bonus Culture: Competitive Pay, Screening and Multitasking," Journal of Political Economy, 124(2), pp. 305-370. (Lead article), March 2016.

R. Bénabou et al., "Religion and Innovation," Am. Econ. Rev. vol. 105, n. 5, pp. 346-351, Mar. 2015.


R. Bénabou (Ed.), A. Banerje (Ed.) and D. Mookherjee (Ed.). Understanding Poverty: Oxford University Press, 2006.



Senior Fellow Institutions, Organizations & Growth


Princeton UniversityDepartment of Economics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs


PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MEng École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées

BEng École Polytechnique


United States

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