Nicholas A. Bloom

Professor (by courtesy), Economics
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Nicholas A. Bloom

Professor of Economics (by courtesy)

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 Stanford 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 master’s 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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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

Mengxiao Wang, Gordon Guo‐En Liu, Nicholas A. Bloom, Hanqing Zhao, Thomas Butt, Tianhao Gao, Jiaqi Xu, Xia Jin
International Journal of Health Planning & Management
May 2022 Vol. 37 Issue 3 Pages 1327–1339
David Altig, Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas A. Bloom, Steven J. Davis, Brent Meyer, Nicholas Parker
Journal of Econometrics
2022 Vol. 231 Issue 1 Pages 282–303
Daniela Scur, Raffaella Sadun, John Van Reenen, Renata Lemos, Nicholas A. Bloom
Oxford Review of Economic Policy
June 2021 Vol. 37 Issue 2 Pages 231–258
Nicholas A. Bloom, Paul Romer, Stephen J. Terry, John Van Reenen
The Economic Journal
January 2021 Vol. 131 Issue 633 Pages 156–191
Nicholas A. Bloom, Kalina Manova, John Van Reenen, Stephen Teng Sun, Zhihong Yu
The Review of Economics and Statistics
2021 Vol. 103 Issue 3 Pages 443–460
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, Andre Kurmann, Kyle Handley, Philip Luck
Society for Economic Dynamics
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
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

Working Papers

Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas A. Bloom, Steven J. Davis April 21, 2021
Nicholas A. Bloom, Charles I. Jones, John Van Reenen, Michael Webb September 2017
Philippe Aghion, Nicholas A. Bloom, John Van Reenen February 2013

Academic Publications

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


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Stanford Case Studies

Nicholas Bloom, John Van Reenen, Sheila Melvin
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Stanford GSB Affiliations

Insights by Stanford Business

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March 19, 2021
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April 16, 2020
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April 02, 2020
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November 22, 2019
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October 07, 2019
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September 09, 2019
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January 30, 2019
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September 06, 2018
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June 22, 2017
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October 06, 2014
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October 09, 2012
A study reveals that working from home boosts employee happiness and productivity.
May 09, 2012
A group of scholars, students, and business and nonprofit leaders say yes, but it requires "a thoughtful, systemic approach."
December 01, 2010
New studies show that firms implementing systematic management practices improved their productivity by 10 percent reduced defects by 60 percent.

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