Jennifer La’O joined the Research Department as a research economist in September 2012. She became an assistant professor of economics at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, in 2010.
La’O earned her Ph.D. in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., in 2005 she received her bachelor's degree in economics also from MIT, with a minor in mathematics. She received an award for best paper in the MIT Undergraduate Economics Journal, and as a graduate student she was awarded the Ida M. Green fellowship.
Currently, La’O conducts research in macroeconomics, theory, and finance. Her research focuses on how informational and financial frictions affect the short-run fluctuations of the aggregate economy. Her most recent publication, “Noisy Business Cycles,” appears in the NBER Macroeconomics Annual 2009M.