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Nathan Nunn


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Nathan Nunn is an economist who examines the determinants of comparative economic development across societies globally and throughout history.

As the Frederic E. Abbe Professor of Economics at Harvard University, his research focuses on the origins and evolution of cultural practices, social structures, and group formation, and their importance for economic outcomes today.


  • Pershing Square Venture Fund for Research on the Foundations of Human Behavior, 2019
  • Outstanding Alumni Award for Academic Achievement - Rising Star, Simon Fraser University, 2017
  • IPUMS-International Research Award, 2014
  • Emerald Management Reviews Citation of Excellence Award, 2011
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, 2009-2011

Relevant Publications

  • Sequeira, S., Nunn, N., & Qian, N. (2019). Immigrants and the making of america. Review of Economic Studies, rdz003. DOI:
  • Ashraf, N., Bau, N., Nunn, N., & Voena, A. (2018). Bride price and female education. Journal of Political Economy. DOI: 10.3386/w22417.
  • Lowes, S., Nunn, N., Robinson, J.A., & Weigel, J.L. (2017). The evolution of culture and institutions: Evidence from the Kuba Kingdom. Econometrica, 85(4), 1065-1091.
  • Alesina, A.F., Giuliano, P., & Nunn, N. (2013). On the origins of gender roles: Women and the plough. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 28(2), 469-530.
  • Nunn, N., & Wantchekon, L. (2011). The slave trade and the origins of mistrust in Africa. American Economic Review, 101(7), 3221–3252. DOI:10.1257/aer.101.7.3221. http://

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