MacArthur Fellows Program

Michael Robert Kremer

Economist | Class of 1997

Cambridge, Massachusetts
33 at time of award
Area of Focus
Published July 1, 1997

About Michael's Work

Michael Kremer is a developmental economist specializing in labor theory.

Kremer, at home in both theoretical and applied economics, has produced significant analyses of patterns of economic growth and production within developing countries.  Confronting complex problems with lucidity and originality, he explores issues in the areas of comparative growth models and theories of wage inequality.  In addition to his economics scholarship, Kremer is committed to educational improvement in Kenya and founded WorldTeach, an NGO with offices in fifteen countries that supplies teachers to developing regions.  He is the co-author of Strong Medicine: Creating Incentives for Pharmaceutical Research on Neglected Diseases (2004) and the author of numerous articles published in such publications as the American Economic Review, Econometrica, and the Journal of Development Economics.


Kremer is the Gates Professor of Developing Societies and a professor of economics at Harvard University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1999.  From 1994-99 he was an assistant professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He was the founder and executive director (1986-89) of WorldTeach, and taught and was an administrator at the Eshisiru Secondary School, Kakamega District in Kenya (1985-86).

Kremer received an A.B. (1985) from Harvard College and a Ph.D. (1992) from Harvard University.

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