Richard B. Freeman
Herbert Ascherman Professor of Economics, Harvard University
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Freeman holds the Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics at Harvard University. He is currently serving as Faculty co-Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at the Harvard Law School. He directs the Science and Engineering Workforce Project at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and is Senior Research Fellow in Labour Markets at the London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance. Freeman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science and is currently serving as a member of two panels of the AAAS, The Initiative for Science and Technology, and The Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences. He is a member of two current Panels of the National Academy of Science, The Committee on Assuring a Future U.S.-based Nuclear Chemistry Expertise, and the Committee on National Statistics Panel on Developing Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators for the Future. He is also serving on the Sub-Committee on Biomedical Research Workforce Modeling, an NIH Advisory Committee to the Director. Freeman also served on six previous panels of the National Academy of Sciences, including the Committee on Capitalizing on the Diversity of the Science and Engineering Workforce in Industry, the Committee on National Needs for Biomedical and Behavioral Scientists, and the joint NAS, NAE and IM study on Policy Implications of International Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars in the U.S. United States. Freeman received the Mincer Lifetime Achievement Prize from the Society of Labor Economics in 2006. In 2007 he was awarded the IZA Prize in Labor Economics. In 2011 he was appointed Frances Perkins Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. His recent publications include: America Works (2007), What Workers Want (with Joel Rogers, 2007, 2nd edition), What Workers Say: Employee Voice in the Anglo American World (with Peter Boxall and Peter Haynes, 2007), International Differences in the Business Practices & Productivity of Firms (with Kathryn Shaw, 2009), Science and Engineering Careers in the United States (with Daniel Goroff, 2009), Reforming the Welfare State: Recovery and Beyond in Sweden (with Birgitta Swedenborg and Robert Topel, 2010), Shared Capitalism at Work: Employee Ownership, Profit and Gain Sharing, and Broad-based Stock Options (with Douglas Kruse and Joseph Blasi, 2010), and The Citizen’s Share: Putting Ownership Back Into Democracy (Yale University Press 2013).

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