Christopher Tonetti

Associate Professor, Economics

Christopher Tonetti

Associate Professor of Economics

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Research Statement

Christopher Tonetti is a macroeconomist with research in the areas of growth and household finance. His growth research focuses on how firms' investments in innovation and technology adoption contribute to aggregate growth. His recent research is on understanding the incentives and barriers that determine the diffusion of nonrival factors of production and production technologies (data and ideas). Recently he has studied the economics of consumer-generated data with an emphasis on property rights, incorporating concerns over privacy as well as the potentially productive use of data in innovation. He has also recently studied how changes in trade policy can alter the competitive environment and affect growth rates by altering the technology adoption patterns of firms. His household finance research focuses on the dynamics of household wealth, income, and consumption over the life cycle. His recent work studies the reasons for the saving and labor supply behavior of the elderly and their desire for insurance against late-in-life health and longevity risks.

Research Interests

  • Macroeconomics
  • Household Finance
  • International Economics


Christopher Tonetti is an associate professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business and a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research is in the area of macroeconomics, with a focus on growth, and household finance. Christopher received a BA in economics-mathematics from Columbia University and a PhD in economics from New York University.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Economics, New York University, 2013
  • BA, Economics-Mathematics, Columbia University, 2005

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Economics, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2013–17
  • Peter B. Kenen Fellow, Visiting Research Scholar, Princeton University, 2018–19

Professional Experience

  • Research Associate — EFG, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2022–present
  • Editor, Journal of Political Economy Macroeconomics, 2022–present
  • Associate Editor, Review of Economic Dynamics, 2020–present
  • Faculty Research Fellow — EFG, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2015–22
  • Assistant Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 2005–07

Awards and Honors

  • Business School Trust Faculty Scholar for 2021–22
  • John A. Gunn and Cynthia Fry Gunn Faculty Scholar for 2020–21
  • Fletcher Jones Faculty Scholar for 2017–18
  • GSB Trust Faculty Fellow for 2015–16


Journal Articles

Working Papers

Stanford GSB Affiliations

Stanford University Affiliations

Service to the Profession

  • Associate Editor, Review of Economic Dynamics

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