Pierre Yared is an Associate Professor of Business at Columbia Business School and Co-Director of the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy at Columbia University. He is a macroeconomist whose research focus is macroeconomic policy, growth, and political economy. His theoretical and empirical research has made a number of major practical contributions. For example, Yared’s work shows that economic development does not necessarily promote political development; that central planning can generate economic fragility; and that governments cannot commit to sound fiscal promises if political institutions are weak. His research has been published in leading academic journals and has been covered in the Economist, Foreign Policy, and National Public Radio. Yared is a Faculty Research Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Foreign Editor of the Review of Economic Studies, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of the European Economic Association and the International Economic Review. He teaches Global Economic Environment, a Core MBA course in macroeconomics for which he received the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence. He received his A.B. in Economics from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.