Chair, Department of Economics; Distinguished Professor of Economics & Social Policy
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
William Dickens is University Distinguished Professor and the chair of the Department of Economics at Northeastern University, Boston. He holds a joint appointment in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. He is currently a non-resident senior fellow with The Brookings Institution and a visiting scholar with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Professor Dickens’ main research area now is the cause of long-term unemployment and the its consequences for monetary policy. Previously Professor Dickens was the Thomas Schelling Visiting Professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, a senior fellow in residence at The Brookings Institution, and in 2008-09, a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation where he pursued writing and research as part of an interdisciplinary group studying the malleability of cognitive ability. a senior economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, a professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley, a visiting assistant professor at the Sloan School of Management, M.I.T., and a consultant for The World Bank. He holds a BA in social studies from Bard College and a PhD in economics from M.I.T.