Richard B. Freeman

Biography

Richard B. Freeman holds the Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics at Harvard University. He is currently serving as Faculty co-Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at the Harvard Law School, and is Senior Research Fellow in Labour Markets at the London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance. He directs the Science Engineering Workforce Project at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and is co-Director of the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities.  He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science, and is serving on the AAAS Initiative for Science and Technology. He has served or is serving on 12 Panels and Boards of the U.S. National Academy of Science. In 2006 he received the Mincer Lifetime Achievement Prize from the Society of Labor Economics, in 2007 was awarded the IZA (Institute of Labor Economics) Prize in Labor Economics, and in 2011 he was appointed Frances Perkins Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. In 2016 he received the Global Equity Organization (GEO) Judges Award, honoring exceptional contribution towards the promotion of global employee share ownership, and in the same year was also named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association. Professor Freeman's research interests include the job market for scientists and engineers; the transformation of scientific ideas into innovations, Chinese and Korean labor markets; the effects of AI and robots on the job market; and forms of labor market representation and employee ownership. His recent publications include: The Citizen’s Share: Putting Ownership Back Into Democracy (2013), and U.S. Engineering in a Global Economy (2018).