Charles I. Jones

Professor, Economics

Charles I. Jones

The STANCO 25 Professor of Economics

Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
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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

  • The Chai-Siriwatwechakul Faculty Fellow, 2022–23
  • 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


Journal Articles

Charles I. Jones
Journal of Political Economy
August 2023 Vol. 131 Issue 8
Charles I. Jones
American Economic Review
November 2022 Vol. 112 Issue 11 Pages 3489–3527
Charles I. Jones
Annual Review of Economics
August 2022 Vol. 14 Pages 125–152
Charles I. Jones
Journal of Political Economy
July 2022
Jesús Fernández-Villaverdea, Charles I. Jones
Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control (online access)
January 29, 2022
Charles I. Jones, Christopher Tonetti
American Economic Review
September 2020 Vol. 110 Issue 9 Pages 2819-2858
Nicholas A. Bloom, Charles I. Jones, John Van Reenen, Michael Webb
American Economic Review
April 2020 Vol. 110 Issue 4 Pages 1104–1144
Chang-Tai Hsieh, Eric Hurst, Charles I. Jones, Pete Klenow
September 30, 2019 Vol. 87 Issue 5
Charles I. Jones
Scandinavian Journal of Economics
July 2019 Vol. 121 Issue 3 Pages 859-883
Charles I. Jones, Jihee Kim
Journal of Political Economy
October 2018 Vol. 126 Issue 5 Pages 1785-1826
Charles I. Jones
American Economic Review
September 2016 Vol. 106 Issue 9 Pages 2456-2457
Charles I. Jones
Journal of Political Economy
March 8, 2016 Vol. 124 Issue 2 Pages 539-578


Charles I. Jones
W.W. Norton & Co
New York

Working Papers

Jean-Felix Brouillette, Charles I. Jones, Peter Klenow November 2020

Stanford GSB Affiliations

Stanford University Affiliations

Insights by Stanford Business

May 29, 2024
An economist takes a closer look at the two sides of advanced artificial intelligence: unprecedented growth and existential risk.
April 15, 2024
Sorry, our professors can’t help you do your taxes. But they can help you understand taxation better.
December 09, 2022
Economists’ models assume the population will keep expanding forever. But what if it doesn’t?
September 28, 2022
The debate over taxing the highest earners overlooks the importance of encouraging new ideas, argues Charles Jones.
January 21, 2022
Declines in life expectancy quickly erased a decade’s worth of economic progress for Black Americans.
January 23, 2020
In 1960, 94% of doctors and lawyers were white men. Today that number has fallen to 60%, and the economy has benefited dramatically because of it.
December 06, 2019
Stanford GSB professors recommend the books they’re most likely to give as presents over this year’s holiday season.
September 19, 2018
In an ideal world, consumers would control the rights to their data but would also be able to sell it broadly.
September 25, 2017
Stanford economists show productivity has not matched increases in research and development.
March 29, 2013
A macroeconomist says that despite the risks, long-term growth patterns should make you optimistic about the future.

School News

April 01, 2009
Professors Anat Admati, Jonathan Berk, Charles Jones, Dale Miller, Jesper Sørensen, and Sarah Soule, have been honored with new academic titles.