The Economist Names Nathaniel Hendren One of the “Eight Best Young Economists of the Decade”
December 18, 2018
Opportunity Insights



Nathaniel Hendren has been named one of “Eight Best Young Economists of the Decade” by The Economist.  He joins a short list of 32 scholars — including Raj Chetty in 2008 — in receiving the honor, which is only awarded once a decade since 1988.

In the announcement recognizing Hendren, the editors cited his work’s timeliness and noted how a study on the market’s failures to provide health insurance dovetailed with the Affordable Care Act debate as well as more recent research that shone a spotlight on the American racial divide in upward mobility.

“The son of a black millionaire, he has found, has a 2-3% chance of being in prison,” The Economist’s editors wrote. “Among white men only those with parents earning $35,000 or less have odds of incarceration that high. Black disadvantage is not confined to bad neighbourhoods. Mr. Hendren and his co-authors have discovered that black boys have lower rates of upward mobility than white boys in 99% of America’s localities….This research with Mr Chetty should inform a broad swathe of thinking about race in America.”

Other economists recognized with Hendren include:

Melissa Dell, Isaiah Andrews, Stefanie Stantcheva, also of Harvard University; Parag Pathak and Heidi Williams of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Emi Nakamura of the University of California; and Amir Sufi of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Hendren in this recognition!

Click here to read The Economist’s full article.