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Senior Principal Researcher, New York University

Hunt Allcott is an applied microeconomist who studies topics in behavioral economics, environmental economics, public economics, and industrial organization. He is a Senior Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, a Visiting Associate Professor of Economics and Law at Harvard University (in 2020-2021), a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Co-Editor of the Journal of Public Economics. He is a Scientific Director of ideas42, a think tank that applies insights from psychology and economics to business and policy design problems, an Affiliate of Poverty Action Lab, a network of researchers who use randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in the fight against poverty, and a Faculty Affiliate of E2e, a group of economists, engineers, and behavioral scientists focused on evaluating and improving energy efficiency policy. He was a Contributing Author on the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

He holds a PhD from Harvard University and a BS and MS from Stanford University.

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  • 2018–present
    Senior Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research
  • 2020–present
    Visiting Professor, Harvard


  • 2009 
    Harvard, Public Policy