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Roland Bénabou


  • Fellow
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth




Roland Bénabou is an economic theorist whose 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; and economics and psychology, including overconfidence, willpower, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, identity and ideology.


  • Member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Member of Russell Sage Behavioral Economics Roundtable
  • Member of Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton
  • Co-Editor, American Economic Review
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Economic Growth

Relevant Publications

  • Bénabou, R., and J. Tirole. "Bonus Culture: Competitive Pay, Screening and Multitasking." Journal of Political Economy 124, no. 2 (March 2016): 305–70. (Lead article).
  • Bénabou, R. et al. "Religion and Innovation." Am. Econ. Rev. 105, no. 5 (March 2015): 346–51.
  • Bénabou, R., A. Banerje, and D. Mookherjee, eds. Understanding Poverty. Oxford University Press, 2006.

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