Neale Mahoney named as next director of Stanford economic policy institute

Microeconomist Neale Mahoney is set to become the next director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.

He will assume the role on Jan. 1 next year, taking over from current director Mark Duggan, who steps down on Aug. 31 after nine years in the post.

Between September and January, SIEPR fellow and Stanford University Public Policy Program Director Greg Rosston will lead the institute on an interim basis.

Mahoney is the George P. Shultz fellow at SIEPR and a professor in the department of economics at Stanford. His research focuses on consumer financial markets, health care economics and medical debt.

He served on the National Economic Council as a special policy adviser to the Biden administration between 2022 and 2023, and also worked on health care reform under then-President Barack Obama from 2009 until 2010.

Prior to joining Stanford in 2020, Mahoney was an economics professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Commenting on the appointment, Stanford Vice Provost and Dean of Research David Studdert, said: “Neale is a superb scholar with an impressive track record of research, and he’s been a trusted advisor to the federal government on a broad set of economic policy issues.”

He added: “I’m grateful to Mark for his visionary leadership over the past nine years. In that time, he has developed a number of exciting new programs, tirelessly supported faculty, and spearheaded SIEPR’s student programs, including the launch of the predoctoral research fellowship.”

SIEPR is Stanford’s multidisciplinary center for economic policy research, which was launched in 1982. It supports about 120 affiliated faculty members from Stanford’s seven schools.