Rachel Kranton studies how institutions and the social setting affect economic outcomes. She develops theories of networks and has introduced identity into economic thinking. Her research contributes to many fields including microeconomics, economic development, and industrial organization.

Rachel Kranton is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the Econometric Society and was awarded a Chaire Blaise Pascal. She has served on the Executive Committee of the American Economic Association and on the Editorial Boards of the American Economic Review and the Journal of Economic Literature. Kranton is currently a Managing Editor of the Economic Journal and is launching a new research network, Economic Research on Identity, Norms, and Narratives (ERINN). She earned her Ph.D. in Economics at the University California, Berkeley in 1993. She has held fellowships at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She joined Duke’s faculty in 2007 and is currently serving as Dean of Social Sciences.

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