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NBER profile: Benjamin A. Olken.

Benjamin A. Olken is a Research Associate in the NBER's Programs on Political Economy, Economic Fluctuations and Growth, and Children. He is also a tenured Associate Professor of Economics at MIT. His research focuses on political economy issues in developing countries, with a particular interest in corruption.

Olken received his B.A. as a double-major in Mathematics and Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University in 1997 and his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 2004. He joined the MIT faculty in 2008, after a three-year term as a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows and a one-year post-doctoral fellowship at the NBER.

This academic year, Olken is a Visiting Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. He has been working in Indonesia since 1997, when he was a Henry Luce Scholar in Economic Policy based in Jakarta during the last days of the Soeharto regime.

Olken and his wife, Amy Finkelstein, also a professor of economics at MIT, live in Brookline, MA. They have two children, Sam age 3, and Sarah age 10 months.

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Date:Dec 22, 2010
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