Nicholas A. Bloom

Nicholas A. Bloom
Professor (by courtesy), Economics
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Professor of Economics, School of Humanities and Sciences
Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
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Research Statement

Nick Bloom's research interests focus on measuring and explaining management practices across firms and countries. He has been collecting data from thousands of manufacturing firms, retailers, schools and hospitals across countries, to develop a quantitative basis for management research. Recently he has also been running management field experiments in India to identify clearly causal links between management and performance. A second area of research is on the causes and consequences of uncertainty, arising from events such as the credit crunch, the 9/11 terrorist attack and the Cuban Missile crisis. He also works on innovation and IT, examining factors that effect this such as tax, trade and regulation.


Nick Bloom is a Professor in the department of economics and Professor, by courtesy, at the Graduate School of Business. He is also the Co-Director of the Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and a fellow of the Centre for Economic Performance, and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.

Nick was an undergraduate in Cambridge, a masters student at Oxford, and a PhD student at University College London. While completing his PhD he worked part-time at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, a London based tax think-tank. After completing his PhD Nick worked as a business tax policy advisor to the UK Treasury, and then joined McKinsey & Company as a management consultant. In 2003 he moved to the London School of Economics to focus on research, before joining Stanford University in 2005.

Professor Bloom’s research focuses on measuring and explaining management practices. He has been working with McKinsey & Company as part of a long-run effort to collect management data from over 10,000 firms across industries and countries. The aim is to build an empirical basis for understanding what factors drive differences in management practices across regions, industries and countries, and how this determines firm and national performance. More recently he has also been working with Accenture on running management experiments. He also works on understanding the impacts of large uncertainty shocks–such as the credit crunch, the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the Cuban Missile crisis–on the US economy, for which he won the Frisch Medal in 2010.

Nick lives on Stanford campus with his wife and three children. As a born and bred Londoner, married to a Scottish wife, with kids attending US schools, he lives in a multi-lingual English household.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, University College London, 2001
  • Masters of Philosophy, Oxford University, St. Peters College, 1996
  • BA, Cambridge University, Fitzwilliam College, 1994

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford since 2005.


Journal Articles

Dave Altig, Scott R. Baker, Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas A. Bloom, Philip Bunn, Scarlet Chen, Steven J. Davis, Julia Leather, Brent H. Meyer, Emil Mihaylov, Paul Mizen, Nicholas B. Parker, Thomas Renault, Pawel Smietanka, Greg Thwaites. Journal of Public Economics. November 2020, Vol. 191.
Mari Tanaka, Nicholas A. Bloom, Joel M. David, Maiko Koga. Journal of Monetary Economics. October 2020, Vol. 114, Pages 26–41.
Nicholas A. Bloom, Renata Lemos, Raffaella Sadun, John Van Reenen. Review of Economics & Statistics. July 2020, Vol. 102, Issue 3, Pages 506–517.
Nicholas A. Bloom, Charles I. Jones, John Van Reenen, Michael Webb. American Economic Review. April 2020, Vol. 110, Issue 4, Pages 1104–1144.
Nicholas A. Bloom, Erik Brynjolfsson, Lucia Foster, Ron Jarmin, Megha Patnaik, Itay Saporta-Eksten, John Van Reenen. American Economic Review. May 2019, Vol. 109, Issue 5, Pages 1648-1683.
Jae Song, David J. Price, Faith Guvenen, Nicholas A. Bloom, Till von Wachter. The Quarterly Journal of Economics. February 1, 2019, Vol. 134, Issue 1, Pages 1-50.
Nicholas A. Bloom. Journal of Economic Perspectives. 2019, Vol. 33, Issue 3, Pages 163-184.
Nicholas A. Bloom, Philip Bunn, Scarlet Chen, Paul Mizen, Pawel Smietanka, Greg Thwaites, Gary Young. Fiscal Studies. December 2018, Vol. 39, Issue 4, Pages 555-580.
Daron Acemoglu, Ufuk Akcigit, Harun Alp, Nicholas A. Bloom, William Kerr. American Economic Review. November 2018, Vol. 108, Issue 11, Pages 3450-3491.
Nicholas A. Bloom, Max Floetotto, Nir Jaimovich, Itay Saporta-Eksten, Stephen Terry. Econometrica. May 25, 2018, Vol. 86, Issue 3.
Stefan Bender, Nicholas A. Bloom, David Card, John Van Reenen, Stephanie Woter. Journal of Labor Economics. January 2018, Vol. 36, Issue 1, Pages 371-409.
Nicholas A. Bloom, Philip Bunn, Paul Mizen, Pawel Smietanka, Greg Thwaites. Bank of England Quarterly Bulletin. September 2017, Vol. 57, Issue 2, Pages 110-120.
Raffaella Sadun, Nicholas A. Bloom, John Van Reenen. Harvard Business Review. September 2017, Vol. 95, Issue 5, Pages 120-127.
Nicholas A. Bloom. Australian Economic Review. February 28, 2017, Vol. 50, Issue 1, Pages 79-84.
Scott R. Baker, Nicholas A. Bloom, Steven J. Davis. The Quarterly Journal of Economics. July 11, 2016, Vol. 131, Issue 4, Pages 1593-1636.
Nicholas A. Bloom, Renata Lemos, Raffaella Sadun, Daniela Scur, John Van Reenen. American Economic Review. May 2016, Vol. 106, Issue 5, Pages 152-156.
Nicholas A. Bloom, James Liang, John Roberts, Zhichun Jenny Ying. The Quarterly Journal of Economics. February 2015, Vol. 130, Issue 1, Pages 165-218.
Stephan Seiler, Nicholas A. Bloom, Carol Propper, John Van Reenen. The Review of Economic Studies. January 2015, Vol. 82, Issue 2, Pages 457-489.

Other Publications

Nicholas A. Bloom, Scarlet Chen, Paul Mizen. Vox EU. November 16, 2018.

Working Papers

Are Ideas Getting Harder to Find? | PDF
Nicholas A. Bloom, Charles I. Jones, John Van Reenen, Michael Webb, September 2017
Does Working from Home Work? Evidence from a Chinese Experiment | PDF
Nicholas A. Bloom, James Liang, John Roberts, Zhichun Jenny Ying, March 2013
Incomplete Contracts and the Internal Organization of Firms
Philippe Aghion, Nicholas A. Bloom, John Van Reenen, February 2013

Stanford Case Studies

Gokaldas Exports (A): The Challenge of Change | SM213A
Nicholas Bloom, John Van Reenen, Sheila Melvin2013
Gokaldas Exports (B): Update | SM213B
Nicholas Bloom, John Van Reenen, Sheila Melvin2013

Stanford University Affiliations

Stanford GSB

In the Media

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November 22, 2019
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September 9, 2019
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January 30, 2019
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September 6, 2018
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December 4, 2017
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September 25, 2017
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June 22, 2017
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June 9, 2015
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December 15, 2014
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October 10, 2014
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October 6, 2014
Research shows that flexibility wins in bad economic times.
August 18, 2014
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October 9, 2012
A study reveals that working from home boosts employee happiness and productivity.
May 9, 2012
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December 1, 2010
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