Roland G. Fryer, Jr.

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Roland Gerhard Fryer, Jr.
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Born (1977-06-04) June 4, 1977 (age 37)
Daytona Beach, Florida
Nationality American
Institution Harvard University
Field Social economics, political economics
School/tradition Chicago School of Economics
Alma mater Pennsylvania State University (Ph.D. 2002)
University of Texas at Arlington (B.A. 1998)
Influences Gary Becker
Steven Levitt
Glenn Loury
Tomas Sjöström
Awards 2011 MacArthur Fellow[1]
Calvó-Armengol International Prize (2012)[2]
Information at IDEAS/RePEc

Roland Gerhard Fryer, Jr. (born June 4, 1977) is an American economist and the Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics at Harvard University.

He also maintains offices at the National Bureau of Economic Research and W. E. B. Du Bois Institute. In 2007, at age 30, he became the youngest African-American to ever receive tenure at Harvard.[3] He was named a 2011 MacArthur Fellow.[4] Fryer is widely regarded to be one of black America and Harvard's rising stars, having published numerous economics-related papers in prominent academic journals over the past few years.[5] The New York Times ran an extensive profile of Fryer, entitled "Toward a Unified Theory of Black America," in March 2005 that dealt extensively with Fryer's rough upbringing: Fryer's mother left when he was very young, and his father, who beat his son, was convicted of rape,[6] effectively leaving Fryer to fend for himself. Fryer became a "full fledged gangster by his teens".[7]

Fryer grew up in Lewisville, Texas, where he had moved with his abusive father at the age of 4. Attending Lewisville High School, he starred in football and basketball, earning him an athletic scholarship from the University of Texas at Arlington. However, he never actually played for the Texas–Arlington Mavericks; instead he decided to embrace academics, joining the Honors College, whose dean helped find him an academic scholarship.[8] He graduated magna cum laude in 1998 after two and a half years while holding down a full-time job.[9] Fryer completed his Ph.D. in economics from Penn State in 2002. He also conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Chicago with economist Gary Becker. Over the past three years,[when?] Fryer has collaborated with several other academics, including Steven Levitt, the University of Chicago economist and author of Freakonomics, Glenn Loury, a Brown University economist, and Edward Glaeser, an urban economist at Harvard.

Upon completing a three year fellowship with the Harvard Society of Fellows at the end of the 2005–2006 academic year, Fryer joined Harvard's economics department as an assistant professor. In 2005, Fryer was also selected as one of the first Fletcher Foundation Fellows. Recently, Fryer has begun work on the Opportunity NYC project, which will study how students in low-performing schools respond to financial incentives.[10] Fryer is currently working as the CEO of the Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard University.[11] The Economist lists Fryer as one of the top eight young economists in the world.[12] In 2011, Fryer was a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, commonly referred to as a "Genius Grant".[13]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Roland Fryer". John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. 2011-09-20. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  2. ^ "Prof. Roland Fryer Selected to Receive 2012 Calvó-Armengol International Prize in Economics". Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. 2011-10-17. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  3. ^ Roland Fryer, "Curriculum Vitae"
  4. ^ "MacArthur Fellows Program: Meet the 2011 Fellows". September 20, 2011. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Dubner, Stephen J (2005-03-20). "Toward a Unified Theory of Black America". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-09-08. 
  6. ^ "Fryer interview with Tavis Smiley". The Tavis Smiley Show. PBS. March 30, 2005. 
  7. ^ Levitt & Dubner, Freakonomics, 2009
  8. ^ Becky Purvis, "Ivy League Maverick", UTA Magazine, 2005.
  9. ^ "Roland G. Fryer." Contemporary Black Biography. Vol. 56. Thomson Gale, 2006. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale, 2009. Document Number: K1606003406. Fee. Accessed 2009-12-20 via Fairfax County Public Library.
  10. ^ Medina, Jennifer (June 21, 2007). "His Charge: Find a Key to Student's Success". New York Times. 
  11. ^ The Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard University.
  12. ^ "International bright young things". The Economist. December 30, 2008. 
  13. ^ "Roland Fryer, 2011 MacArthur Fellow",

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