Edward Lazear is Jack Steele Parker Professor of Human Resources Management and Economics at Stanford University since 1995 and Morris A. Cox Senior Fellow at Hoover Institution since 1985. Previously, he was an Isidore Brown and Gladys J. Brown Professor of Urban and Labor Economics of the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago (1985-1992). From 2006 until 2009 he chaired the Council of Economic Advisers.
He received his Ph.D in Economics at Harvard University in 1974 and holds a Legum Doctor (Honorary) of the Albertson College of Idaho. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Hong Kong Institute of Economics and Business Strategy at the University of Hong Kong, a Chairman of the Academic Research Committee of the Research Advisory Board of the American Compensation Association and a member of the Steering Committee of CEPR at Stanford University.
He is a founding editor of the Journal of Labor Economics, an associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives and a Member of the Editorial Board of Labor/ Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations as well as of Managerial and Decision Economics.
Edward Lazear has authored several books, among them "Personnel Economics" (The MIT Press, 1995) and "Personnel Economics for Managers" (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1998) which has been translated into German, Chinese and Korean.
He has published widely in economic journals such as American Economic Review, Journal of Human Resources, Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics and the Journal of Political Economy.
He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in June 2002. In 2004 he was awarded the IZA Prize in Labor Economics.