Bruce D. Meyer is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) where he focuses on poverty, inequality, and social safety net programs. Concurrently, he is the McCormick Foundation Professor at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. He is also a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

His faculty appointments include being a tenured professor of economics at Northwestern University and a visiting professor of economics at Harvard University, Princeton University, and University College London. He has also advised the US Department of Labor and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The author of many book chapters, Dr. Meyer has been widely published in academic journals. He is also a former editor of the Journal of Labor Economics.

Dr. Meyer has a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.A. and B.A., also in economics, from Northwestern University.


  • McCormick Foundation Professor of Public Policy, 2009–present; McCormick Tribune Professor of Public Policy, 2004–09, University of Chicago
  • Elected Member, Conference on Research in Income and Wealth, 2010–present
  • Research Associate, 1993–present; Faculty Research Fellow, Public Economics, and Labor Studies, 1987–93, National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Visiting Professor of Economics, Harvard University, September–December 2010
  • Faculty Affiliate, Joint Center for Poverty Research, Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, 1996–2004
  • Professor of Economics, 1996–2004; Associate Professor of Economics (with tenure), 1993–96; Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research (formerly the Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research), 1987–2004; Assistant Professor of Economics, 1987–93, Northwestern University
  • Visiting Professor of Economics, University College London, April–July 2003
  • Member, Institute for Research on Poverty Research Working Group on “Labor Market Prospects for the Disadvantaged,” 1989–2000
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, Princeton University, 1988–89
  • Economist, Glassman-Oliver Economic Consultants Inc., Washington, DC, 1981–82


Ph.D., economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

M.A., B.A., economics, Northwestern University