Justin Wolfers

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Justin Wolfers
Justin Wolfers 2012.jpg
Born (1972-12-11) December 11, 1972 (age 46)[1]
InstitutionThe Brookings Institution
University of Michigan
Alma materUniversity of Sydney
Harvard University
Lawrence F. Katz[3][4]
Olivier Blanchard[3][4]
Christopher Jencks[3]
Alberto Alesina[3]

Justin James Michael Wolfers, born in 1972, is an Australian economist and public policy scholar. He is professor of economics and public policy at the University of Michigan, and a Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.


Wolfers holds a Ph.D. in Economics (1997–2001) and an Master of Economics (2000), both from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney (1991–1994). He had a Fulbright Scholarship.[5] Justin Wolfers attended James Ruse Agricultural High School (1985–1990). He is noted for his research on happiness and its relation to income.[6]

Wolfers moved to the University of Michigan as professor of economics and public policy beginning in fall 2012 with his partner, fellow economist Betsey Stevenson.[7] 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 Upshot blog) and the Wall Street Journal, and was an editor of the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity from 2009 through Fall 2015. Wolfers' research has explored the economics of sports, sports betting, prediction markets and the family.[citation needed]

In 2007, he was named in David Leonhardt's column as one of 13 young economists who were the future of economics.[8] In 2014, he was named by International Monetary Fund as one of the 25 brightest young economists who are expected to shape the world's thinking about the global economy in the future.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Wolfers and Betsey Stevenson[7] have publicly discussed being in a Shared Earning/Shared Parenting relationship.


  1. ^ Justin Wolfers [@JustinWolfers] (12 December 2014). "Best. Birthday. Ever. #42" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Bowmaker, Simon W. (2012). "The Art and Practice of Economics Research". doi:10.4337/9781849808477. ISBN 9781849808477.
  3. ^ a b c d WolfersCV
  4. ^ a b "RePEc Genealogy page for Justin Wolfers". Retrieved Jun 8, 2017.
  5. ^ "Much-Watched Couple in Economics Lands at U. of Michigan". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  6. ^ http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2013/04/subjective-well-being-income
  7. ^ a b Peter Monaghan (2012) Much-Watched Couple in Economics Lands at U. of Michigan Chronicle of Higher Education
  8. ^ David Leonhardt (10 January 2007). "The future of economics isn't so dismal". New York Times.
  9. ^ Boby Michael, "IMF Lists 25 Brightest Young Economists", International Business Times [1] August 2014