Robert Shimer is the department chair and the Alvin H. Baum Professor in Economics at the University of Chicago. Prior to joining the Chicago faculty in 2003, he taught at Princeton University. He received his doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Shimer is a research associate in the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Research Fellow for IZA Institute of Labor Economics, a consultant at the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Chicago, an International Fellow at the Dale T. Mortensen Centre of the Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences, an economic theory fellow in the Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory, a fellow of the Society of Labor Economists, a fellow of the Econometric Society, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was the co-chair of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s economic fluctuations and growth macro perspectives group and has served as editor of the Journal of Political Economy.
Shimer’s research focuses on search frictions, the mismatch between workers’ human capital and geographic location and the skill requirements and location of available jobs, and duration dependence in the exit rate from unemployment.