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Justin Wolfers

Justin Wolfers

Australian and american economist and public policy scholar

Justin Wolfers is a professor of public policy and economics at the University of Michigan. He also serves as a member of the Congressional Budget Office Panel of Economic Advisers. Wolfers' research interests include labor economics, macroeconomics, political economy, social policy, law and economics, and behavioral economics.

Previously, Wolfers was an associate professor of business and public policy at the University of Pennsylvania and a visiting professor at Princeton University. He is a research associate with the National Bureau for Economic Research, a senior fellow of the Brookings Institution, a senior fellow of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a research affiliate with the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London, and an international research fellow at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in Germany. He is also a contributing columnist with the New York Times.

Justin earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Sydney and his AM and PhD in economics from Harvard University.


December 11, 1972
Justin Wolfers was born in Independent State of Papua New Guinea.


Further Resources


Higher Wages for Low-­Income Workers Lead to Higher Productivity

Justin Wolfers, Jan Zilinsky

How Should We Think About the Taxpayer Consequences of Divorce?

Betsey Stevenson, Justin Wolfers

Prediction Markets: The Collective Knowledge of Market Participants

Justin Wolfers

The Death Penalty: No Evidence for Deterrence

John J. Donohue, Justin wolfers


Gareth Hutchens
April 27, 2021
Economics professor Justin Wolfers says policymakers have not tried for genuine full employment for "40 years" and central banks are not infallible.


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