Charles I. Jones

Professor, Economics

Charles I. Jones

The STANCO 25 Professor of Economics

Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
The Chai-Siriwatwechakul Faculty Fellow for 2022–2023
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Research Statement

Charles I. (Chad) Jones is an economist noted for his research on long-run economic growth. In particular, he has examined theoretically and empirically the fundamental sources of growth in incomes over time and the reasons underlying the enormous differences in living standards across countries. In recent years, he has used his expertise in macroeconomic methods to study how race and gender contribute to economic growth, changes in top income inequality, and the economics of data.


Charles I. Jones is The STANCO 25 Professor of Economics at Stanford Graduate School of Business and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Professor Jones has been honored as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the Econometric Society, and a co-editor of Econometrica. He is currently the area coordinator for the economics group at Stanford GSB.

Professor Jones is the author of numerous research papers as well as two textbooks, Introduction to Economic Growth (2013) and Macroeconomics (2020).

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Economics, MIT, 1993
  • AB, Summa cum laude, in Economics, Harvard University, 1989

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 2008
  • Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2002–present
  • Associate Professor and Professor, Department of Economics, UC Berkeley, 2001–08
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Stanford University, 1993–2001

Awards and Honors

  • Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2019–present
  • Fellow of the Econometric Society, 2020–present
  • Charles and Melissa Froland Faculty Fellow, 2017–20


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