John Van Reenen

  • Ronald Coase School Professor
  • London School of Economics and Political Science


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John Van Reenen has held a tenured professorship at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (jointly in the Sloan Management School and MIT Economics Department) since 2016. Prior to this he was Professor of economics at the London School of Economics and Director of the Centre of Economic Performance ( since 2003.

He is the winner of the 2009 Yrjö Jahnsson Award which is given to best economist under the age of 45 “who has made a contribution that is significant to economics in Europe”. The prize is the most prestigious award in European economics. In 2014 he also won the European Investment Bank Prize for Outstanding Contributions in Social Science. He is a fellow of the British Academy, the Econometric Society, the NBER, CEPR and the Society of Labor Economists.

Van Reenen has published over a hundred papers on all areas of economics but with a particular focus on the causes and consequences of innovation. His recent work investigates why there are so many "bad bosses" in all areas of the private and public sectors and what can be done to increase management quality and productivity. His most recent book “Investing for Prosperity” is a roadmap for economic renewal in the UK (

He has been a senior policy advisor to 10 Downing Street, the UK Secretary of State for Health and the European Commission. He received his BA from the University of Cambridge, his MSc from the London School of Economics and his PhD from University College London. He has taught industrial economics, labour economics and econometrics. He has been a Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, a visiting Professor at Berkeley, Harvard, Princeton and Stanford. He is a Research Fellow at the CEPR, NBER and IZA. He frequently appears in the media.