Mr. Romer is the World Bank’s Chief Economist. Before joining the World Bank group, he was Professor at New York University (NYU) and Director of the Marron Institute of Urban Management which deepens the study of cities to improve urban management; in addition, he was the founding director of the Urbanization Project at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, which researches the many ways in which policymakers can use the rapid growth of cities to create economic opportunity and undertake systemic social reform.
Before NYU, Romer taught at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, and while there, also started Aplia, an education technology company dedicated to increasing student effort and classroom engagement. He also taught economics at the University of California; University of Chicago and University of Rochester. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also a non-resident scholar at both the Center for Global Development and the Macdonald Laurier. In 2002, he received the Recktenwald Prize for his work on the role of ideas in sustaining economic growth. He is also a member of the board of directors for Community Solutions, a national not-for-profit dedicated to strengthening communities and ending homelessness.