Northeastern University
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William Dickens

William Dickens University Distinguished Professor and Chair
Labor Markets, Wage Determination,
Unemployment, Intelligence Testing,
Psychology and Economics
301 Lake Hall
(617) 373-2873

William Dickens is University Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Economics at Northeastern University, Boston. He holds a joint appointment in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. He is currently co-director of a major international research project on wage rigidity, a collaborative effort involving The Brookings Institution, the New York Federal Reserve Bank, the European Central Bank, and economists from 13 country teams. Prior to his appointment at Northeastern in 2008, Professor Dickens was Thomas Schelling Visiting Professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. He is also a non-resident senior fellow in the Economics Studies Program at The Brookings Institution (where he was in residence from 1994 to 2007). In 2008-09, he was 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. Professor Dickens was formerly a senior economist for the President's Council of Economic Advisers, Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, Visiting Assistant Professor at the Sloan School of Management, M.I.T., and a consultant for The World Bank. He holds a B.A. in Social Studies from Bard College and a Ph.D. in Economics from M.I.T.