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Prof. Benjamin Moll, PhD

London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

Cluster position ECONtribute Research Fellow

Cluster member since 2020

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Ben Moll is a Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has been in various positions at Princeton University. Ben studied in London and received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2010. Ben is also a Research Associate at the NBER, a Research Fellow at the CEPR, and an Affiliate at BREAD.

Interview

What do you currently work on? Please state the research question and what you expect to learn from your research.

What are the macroeconomic and distributional consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic as well as those of monetary and fiscal policy more generally?

ECONtribute’s goal is to advance a new paradigm for the analysis of markets & public policy. In your mind, what are the key societal challenges? And how can economists answer to these?

How to foster inclusive growth, i.e. a prospering economy in which noone gets left behind. Economnists can answer to these by proposing macroeconomic and distributional policies that make this goal easier to achieve.

What are the implications of your own research for policymaking and/or for our understanding of society and the economy?

The transmission of monetary policy to household consumption works primarily through indirect effects on household income rather than intertemporal substitution. Fiscal policy is a powerful tool for stimulating aggregate demand. The Covid-19 epidemic disproportionately affects low-income households and occupations and this should be factored in in the policy response.