Prior to coming to the University of Michigan, Wolfers was associate professor of business and public policy at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a contributor to the New York Times (where he writes for the Freakonomics blog) and the Wall Street Journal and an editor of the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity. Wolfers' research has explored the economics of sports, sports betting, prediction markets and the family. In 2007, he was named in David Leonardt's New York Times column as one of 13 young economists who were the future of economics.
Wolfers holds a Ph.D. in Economics (1997–2001) and an A.M in Economics (2000), both from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Economics (First class honors and University medal; Majors in economics, law and computer science) from the University of Sydney (1991–1994).
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