Steven Levitt is the William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and the College at the University of Chicago, where he studies a wide range of topics including the economic aspects of crime, corruption, sports, and education. He also is a faculty reserach fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and the American Bar Foundation.
Levitt received a BA in economics from Harvard University in 1989, and his PhD from MIT in 1994. He was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows before joining the Chicago faculty in 1997.
He was an associate editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics before becoming the editor of the Journal of Political Economy in 1999.
Levitt is a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the National Science Founation in 2000, and the University of Chicago's Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 1998. In 2003, he received the John Bates Clark Medal of the American Economic Association as the most outstanding American economist under the age of forty.
Freakonomics (William Morrow 2005) and SuperFreakonomics (HarperCollins 2009), books he co-authored, take an unusual look at the economics underlying real-life issues. Levitt's approach emphasizes asking the right questions and drawing connections. In the spring of 2006, he was named one of Time magazine's "100 People Who Shape Our World."