Nancy L. Rose is the Department Head and Charles P. Kindleberger Professor of Applied Economics in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Economics Department, where her research and teaching focuses on industrial organization, competition policy, and the economics of regulation. She served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economic Analysis in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 2014 – 2016, and was the director of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) research program in Industrial Organization from its creation in 1991 until her appointment to the Department of Justice in 2014.
Her research includes analyses of economic regulation and firm behavior in a variety of transportation and energy markets, as well as of labor rent-sharing and determinants of executive pay. Her edited volume Economic Regulation and Its Reform: What Have We Learned? (NBER, 2014) describes the regulatory landscapes and lessons learned from deregulation and regulatory restructuring across eight broad industries, and the interplay of competition policy and economic regulation.
Professor Rose received her Ph.D. in Economics from MIT and an A.B. in Economics and Government from Harvard University. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was named a Distinguished Fellow of the Industrial Organization Society in 2018. Her accomplishments have been recognized by numerous other fellowships over her career, including those from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Hoover Institution, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and National Science Foundation. She received the MIT Undergraduate Economics Association Teaching Award in 2000, 2004, and 2011, and was named a Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow in 2012 for her contributions to undergraduate teaching at MIT. Her professional service includes terms as Vice President and Executive Committee member of the American Economic Association (AEA), chair of the AEA Ad Hoc Committee on the Economics Job Market, and board member of the AEA's Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession, among other service. She was a member of the Board of Editors of the American Economic Review and the Journal of Industrial Economics, and as associate editor for several journals.
She has served as an independent director for Charles River Associates, Sentinel Investments, and the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, and in those roles has chaired board governance and finance committees.