Nancy Lin Rose is the Charles P. Kindleberger Professor of Applied Economics and the Director of the National Bureau of Economic Research program in Industrial Organization.
Professor Rose's research focuses on the empirical analysis of firm behavior and the economics of regulation. Her best-known work in regulatory economics includes studies of the scope of labor rent-sharing and impact of deregulation in the U.S. trucking industry, efficiency and innovation effects of regulation in the electric utility industry, and political constraints on top executive compensation in regulated industries. Her research on firm behavior includes analyses of the effect of firm financial condition on the safety performance of U.S. air carriers, the interaction of competition and pricing behavior in airline markets, and the determinants of CEO compensation. Professor Rose is the editor and a contributor to the forthcoming National Bureau of Economic Research volume Economic Regulation and Its Reform: What Have We Learned? She was a contributor to MIT’s study on The Future of the Electric Grid and is a current participant in MIT's Utility of the Future project. She also serves on the National Academy of Sciences/Transportation Research Board Committee on the Study of Freight Rail Transportation and Regulation.
Professor Rose received her A.B. in Economics and Government from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was a faculty member of the MIT Sloan School of Management from 1985-1997, and has been a member of MIT's Department of Economics faculty since 1994. She received the MIT Undergraduate Economics Association Teaching Award in 2000, 2004, and 2011, and was named an MIT Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow in 2012 for her undergraduate teaching contributions. Professor Rose has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a George and Karen McCown Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Hoover Institution, and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences. She is the recipient of a Faculty Award for Women Scientists and Engineers from the National Science Foundation as well as faculty fellowships from the John M. Olin Foundation and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. She has served on the Board of Editors of the American Economic Review and the Journal of Industrial Economics, and as associate editor for several journals.
Professor Rose currently serves on the American Economic Association's (AEA) Committee on Operations and Publications and chairs the AEA Ad Hoc Committee on the Economics Job Market. She recently completed a term as Vice President of the AEA, and has served on the AEA Executive Committee, Program and Nominations Committees, Board of the AEA’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP) and has chaired the CSWEP Elaine Bennett Research Prize selection committee. She is an independent director for Charles River Associates and for the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, where she chairs the Finance Committee.
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