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Peter Wertheim Professor in Urban Policy

(OFFICIAL WEBSITE for Gordon Hanson) Gordon Hanson is the Peter Wertheim Professor in Urban Policy at Harvard Kennedy School (Remembrance for Peter Wertheim.) He is also Chair of the Social and Urban Policy Area at HKS, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is past co-editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives, the Review of Economics and Statistics, and the Journal of Development Economics. Hanson received his PhD in economics from MIT in 1992 and his BA in economics from Occidental College in 1986. Prior to joining Harvard in 2020, he held the Pacific Economic Cooperation Chair in International Economic Relations at UC San Diego, where he was founding director of the Center on Global Transformation. Hanson previously served on the economics faculties of the University of Michigan and the University of Texas. In his scholarship, Hanson studies the labor market consequences of globalization. He has published extensively in top economics journals, is widely cited for his research by scholars from across the social sciences and is frequently quoted in major media outlets. Hanson’s current research addresses the causes and consequences of regional job loss, the effectiveness of place-based policies in alleviating regional economic distress, and the labor market consequences of the energy transition. This work is part of the Reimagining the Economy project at HKS, which Hanson co-directs with Dani Rodrik.

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Outside Professional Activities For Gordon Hanson

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PriceSmart, Inc. Fiduciary board membership
Aspen Institute Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
National University of Singapore Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation

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