Magne Mogstad is the Gary S. Becker Professor in Economics and the College in the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics at the University of Chicago.
His work is motivated by the broad question of how to address market failures and equalize opportunities. Countless policies – taxation, subsidized education, social insurance – have been implemented in an effort to achieve those objectives. A key challenge is to distill each policy's unique impact so that we can understand which ones actually work and which ones do not. This challenge motivates his work, which aims at providing empirical evidence that allows us to test economic theories and inform policymakers. This is made possible by combining theory and credible empirical methods with large administrative datasets that can be linked to supplementary data sources.
Prof. Mogstad has published extensively in leading scholarly journals. He is the editor of the Journal of Political Economy and the Journal of Public Economics, and he is the recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship and the IZA Young Labor Economist award.