Significant Black Economist Series: Roland Gerhard Fryer Jr.

RolandRoland Gerhard Fryer Jr. is a renown economist who is also the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University. Fryer’s research has been widely cited in various media through his research on education reform, social interactions and police use of force. In 2007, Fryer was the youngest African-American to receive tenure at Harvard. In 2008, Fryer was listed from The Economist as one of the top eight young economists in the world. In 2015, he was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal, the award is given to the American Economist under the age of forty who is judged to have the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge. Fryer is currently the CEO of the Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard University.

Fryer’s publications look to bring insight on certain topics such as education inequality. His recent publication, Charter Schools and Labour Market Outcomes, explores the effectiveness of charter schools for test scores and the impact on future earnings. Fryer also conducts research on social interactions and has published, Self Selection and Comparative Advantage in Social Interactions, proposes a model of social interactions based on self-selection and comparative advantage. Fryer has many notable publications and you can read more about them at http://edlabs.harvard.edu/papers-publications

Fryer’s publications have been highly acclaimed by many and continues to be a role model for up and coming economists through his academic success in the field of Economics.

Written by Andrew Guo, Marketing Executive on the Laurier Economics Club

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