Ariel Pakes

Thomas Professor of Economics at Harvard University

Ariel Pakes is the Thomas Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at Harvard University, where he teaches courses in industrial organisation and econometrics. He received the Frisch Medal of the Econometric Society in 1986, and was elected as a fellow of that society in 1988. Ariel was elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002 and was the Distinguished Fellow of the Industrial Organization in 2007. He has been on the editorial board of several journals and on a number of NSF, American Academy, and National Academy of Sciences committees. He has also been the Chair of the AEA Census Advisory Panel. Ariel’s research has focused on developing methods for empirically analysing both static and dynamic responses of markets to environmental and policy change. He has applied the methodologies he and his co-authors developed to the analysis of the auto, health care, and telecommunications equipment industries. Ariel also developed techniques for constructing a more accurate Consumer Price Index, and more detailed analysis of productivity growth. Pakes has mentored over 50 students, many of whom are now leading researchers at prestigious institutions. Additionally, Pakes has done work for a number of consultancies, government agencies, and large firms.