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Dr. Nathan Nunn

Professor of Political Economy at the Department of Economics, Harvard University

Dr. Nathan Nunn is the Paul Sack Associate Professor of Political Economy at the Department of Economics, Harvard University. Professor Nunn was born in Canada, where he received his PhD from the University of Toronto in 2005. Professor Nunn’s primary research interests are in economic history, economic development, political economy and international trade. He is an NBER Faculty Research Fellow, an Affiliate of BREAD, and a Faculty Associate at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA). He is also currently an associate editor for the Canadian Journal of Economics, Journal of Comparative Economics and Journal of International Economics. In 2009, Professor Nunn was selected as an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow and grant recipient.

One stream of Dr. Nunn’s research focuses on the long-term impact that historic events can have on current economic development. His current research examines the specific channels through which the slave trade affects current development within Africa. A second stream of Professor Nunn’s research focuses on the importance of hold-up and incomplete contracting in international trade. He has been published in several leading journals including the Journal of Development Economics, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the American Economic Review, and the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics.