Hoyt Bleakley studies economic development, human capital, economic history, and international macroeconomics. This has led him to do research ranging from the eradication of malaria to language skills and immigration. "The hard part is choosing what not to work on," Bleakley jokes, "but the common theme is looking for new approaches to measuring economic parameters." He brings this passion for his research into the classroom and hopes his students will leave his class with an ability to see and apply economic reasoning in the world around them, even in places where they least expect it.
Bleakley has received fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, as well as a President's Award for Outstanding Service from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. He has received grants from the National Institutes of Health, the FDIC Center for Financial Research and the Pacific Rim Research Program at the University of California. His articles have been published in the various professional journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the New England Economic Review. He is also a referee for numerous journals.
He earned both a bachelor's degree in 1995 and a PhD in 2002 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2005.
Outside of academics, Bleakley enjoys spending time with family, cycling, and visiting historical sites.
Besides economics?! Surely you jest.
Health and economic development; economic geography; the economic performance of immigrants.
With Jeffrey Lin, “Portage and Path Dependence,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, pp. 587-644 (May 2012).
“Malaria in the Americas: A Retrospective Analysis of Childhood Exposure,” American Economic Journal: Applied, 2(2):1-45 (April 2010).
With Kevin Cowan, "Maturity Mismatch and Financial Crises: Evidence from Emerging Market Corporations," Journal of Development Economics, 93:189-205 (2010).
"Disease and Development: Evidence from Hookworm Eradication in the American South," Quarterly Journal of Economics (February 2007).
With Aimee Chin, "Language Skills and Earnings: Evidence from Childhood Immigrants," Review of Economics and Statistics,, 86(2):481-496 (May 2004).
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