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Recent News (Fall 2016):
I won the NSF CAREER Award.
Columbia Economics Department Announcement.
I am
an Assistant Professor of Economics at Columbia University and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

I am a macroeconomist and applied theorist. My research focuses on the effects of informational and financial frictions on the business cycle. Most recently I have studied optimal fiscal and monetary policy when firms face informational limitations, the aggregate implications of production networks and distortions, as well as the effects of complex interdealer/bank networks on financial stability.

I received my Bachelor’s degree from MIT in 2005 and my Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 2010. Upon graduation from my PhD, I became an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. From 2012-2013, I worked as a Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. In 2013 I joined the Economics Department faculty at Columbia University and this past academic year (2016-2017) I was a Visiting Fellow at Stanford University at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR).





jenlao@columbia.edu

Columbia University
Department of Economics
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420 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10027