MIT Economics welcomes four new faculty

September 7th, 2023


Department News
New faculty members in the Department of Economics
Left to right: Isaiah Andrews, Nathaniel Hendren, Ashesh Rambachan, and Nina Roussille.

The Department of Economics at MIT was delighted to welcome four new professors this fall. These faculty are among 10 new professors in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

Isaiah Andrews PhD '14 is an econometrician who develops reliable and broadly applicable methods of statistical inference to address key challenges in economics, social science, and medicine. He is the recipient of the prestigious John Bates Clark Medal, a MacArthur Fellowship, and a Sloan Research Fellowship. Andrews earned his PhD in economics from MIT and was previously an assistant and associate professor in the Department of Economics.

Nathaniel Hendren PhD '12 is a public economist. His research quantifies the differences in economic mobility and opportunity for people of different backgrounds, explores why private markets often fail to provide economic opportunity, and offers new tools for government policymakers evaluating the effectiveness of social programs. Hendren founded and co-directs Policy Impacts and Opportunity Insights. He has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and a Sloan Research Fellowship. Hendren earned his PhD in economics from MIT.

Ashesh Rambachan studies economic applications of machine learning, focusing on algorithmic tools that drive decision-making in the criminal justice system and consumer lending markets and developing algorithmic procedures for discovering new behavioral models. Rambachan also develops methods for determining causation using cross-sectional and dynamic data. He earned his PhD in economics from Harvard, and is joining MIT after spending a year as a postdoc at Microsoft New England.

Nina Roussille joins the Department of Economics as an assistant professor after completing postdoctoral fellowships at MIT and the London School of Economics (LSE). Roussille studies topics in labor and gender economics, including how biased beliefs about outside options can keep workers stuck in low-wage jobs and how gender differences in salary demands can generate wage inequality. She is also the executive director of LSE’s Hub for Equal Representation. Roussille earned her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.