Justin Wolfers

Justin Wolfers
Assistant Professor of Business and Public Policy, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


Justin Wolfers is an assistant professor of economics in the Business and Public Policy Department at the Wharton School. He is a visiting scholar with the San Francisco Federal Reserve, a Research Fellow with the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, and a research affiliate with the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London. He was previously an Assistant Professor at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and an economist with the Reserve Bank of Australia. Dr. Wolfers earned his Ph.D. in economics in June 2001 from Harvard University, and was a Fulbright, Knox and Menzies Scholar and a fellow with the MacArthur Network on Inequality and Social Interactions. He earned his undergraduate degree in Economics his native Australia at the University of Sydney in 1994, winning the University Medal.

Professor Wolfers is a leading academic expert on prediction markets, but also does research in labor economics, macroeconomics, law and economics, social policy and behavioral economics. Beyond research, he is a popular MBA teacher, a columnist with the Wall Street Journal and a frequent contributor to the public debate.


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Joana Jones (LendIt), Craig Kaplan (PredictWallStreet, Inc. ), Adam Siegel (Inkling Markets), Justin Wolfers (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania), Alex Forshaw (The Tradesports Political Maven)
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