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Areas of Expertise (6)

Political Behavior Educational Institutions, Human Capital and Historical Development Labor Market Institutions and Contract Enforcement Law and Economics Political Institutions Social Interactions


Noam Yuchtman is an associate professor at Berkeley Haas and a Faculty Research Fellow at the NBER. He received a PhD in economics at Harvard University, where he studied labor economics and economic history.

His research is focused on educational institutions, legal institutions, political economy, and historical development. He has studied these topics in contexts ranging from Victorian England to medieval Europe, to Imperial China, and also in contemporary settings. Yuchtman received a BA summa cum laude in economics from Williams College in 2005.

Education (2)

Harvard University: PhD, Economics

Williams College: BA, Economics

Honors & Awards (13)

Schwabacher Fellowship


Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching; PhD Program, Haas School of Business

2012 - 2013

Quarterly Journal of Economics Excellence in Refereeing Award

2011 - 2012

Russell Sage Foundation Small Grant in Behavioral Economics


Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation Research Grant, Haas School of Business

2011 - 2012

Roger L. Martin Fellowship


Thomas Cochran Fellowship


Certificate of Distinction in Teaching


Economic History Association Travel and Data Grant


Alfred D. Chandler, Jr. Travel Fellowship


Harvard Center for American Political Studies Graduate Seed Grant


Harvard University Graduate Fellowship

2005 - 2007

Beinecke Scholarship

2004 - 2008

Selected External Service & Affiliations (1)

  • Editorial boards: Economic Journal, Explorations in Economic History, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of the European Economic Association

Positions Held (1)

At Haas since 2010

2016 – present, Associate Professor, Haas School of Business
2010 – 2016, Assistant Professor, Haas School of Business

Media Appearances (3)

Judging the Judges: Recalls May Become Easier, But Is That Better for California?

KQED  online


The reaction has been swift, viral and unrelenting. Shortly after Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky sentenced an ex-Stanford University swimmer to only six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, the victim’s emotional 12-page court statement drew 13 million readers online, and a cyber-petition demanding the judge’s removal garnered well over a million signatures...

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Back to the future? Lessons on inequality, labour markets, and conflict from the Gilded Age, for the present

VOX  online


Today’s labour market in the US has much in common with that of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Then, as now, there were few government protections for workers, fears over cheap immigrant labour, rapid technological change, and increasing market concentration. This column explores the lessons that can be drawn from the earlier ‘Gilded Age’. The findings suggests that even as markets play a greater role in allocating labour, legal and political institutions will continue to shape bargaining power between firms and workers....

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Science: Degrees From for-profit Colleges Are Inferior Crap

Daily Caller  online


"Five economists conducted the research. David J. Deming, Claudia Goldin and Lawrence F. Katz are economics professors at Harvard. Noam Yuchtman is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business. Amira Abulafi is an economist at the National Bureau of Economic Research."...

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Selected Papers & Publications (10)

Religious Competition and Reallocation: The Political Economy of Secularization in The Protestant Reformation Quarterly Journal of Economics

Davide Cantoni, Jeremiah Dittmar, Noam Yuchtman


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Curriculum and Ideology Journal of Political Economy

Davide Cantoni, Yuyu Chen, David Y Yang, Noam Yuchtman, Y Jane Zhang


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Labor Market Institutions in the Gilded Age of American Economic History National Bureau of Economic Research

Suresh Naidu, Noam Yuchtman


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Teaching to the Tests: An Economic Analysis of Traditional and Modern Education in Late Imperial and Republican China Explorations in Economic History

Noam Yuchtman


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The Value of Postsecondary Credentials in the Labor Market: An Experimental Study American Economic Review

David J. Deming, Noam Yuchtman, Amira Abulafi, Claudia Goldin, Lawrence F. Katz


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Intergenerational Mobility and Institutional Change in 20th Century China Explorations in Economic History

Noam Yuchtman, Yuyu Chen, Suresh Naidu, and Tinghua Yu


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Can Online Learning Bend the Education Cost Curve? American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings

Noam Yuchtman, David J. Deming, Claudia Goldin, and Lawrence F. Katz


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Understanding Mechanisms Underlying Peer Effects: Evidence from a Field Experiment on Financial Decisions Econometrica

Noam Yuchtman, Leonardo Bursztyn, Florian Ederer, and Bruno Ferman


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Medieval Universities, Legal Institutions, and the Commercial Revolution Quarterly Journal of Economics

Noam Yuchtman and Davide Canton


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Coercive Contract Enforcement: Law and the Labor Market in 19th Century Industrial Britain American Economic Review

Noam Yuchtman and Suresh Naidu


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