Nicholas Bloom

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Renowned Economist and Expert on Measuring and Explaining Management Practices; Authority on Remote and Hybrid Work Models and the Future of Work; Professor of Economics, Stanford University; Professor, by Courtesy, Stanford Graduate School of Business; Co-director, Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program, National Bureau of Economic Research

Biography

“Working from home has come of age – what was once derided as ‘shirking from home’ is now lauded as ‘personal thought time.'” – Nicholas Bloom

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Nicholas Bloom is the William Eberle Professor of Economics at Stanford University and a professor, by courtesy, at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He is also the co-director of the Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and a fellow of the Centre for Economic Performance and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.

Professor Bloom received his undergraduate degree from Cambridge, his masters degree from Oxford University, and his PhD from University College London. While completing his PhD, he worked part-time at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, a London-based tax think tank. After completing his PhD, Bloom worked as a business tax policy advisor to the UK Treasury, and then joined McKinsey & Company as a management consultant. In 2003, he moved to the London School of Economics to focus on research, before joining Stanford University in 2005.

Professor Bloom’s research focuses on measuring and explaining management practices. He has been working with McKinsey & Company as part of a long-run effort to collect management data from over 10,000 firms across industries and countries. The aim is to build an empirical basis for understanding what factors drive differences in management practices across regions, industries and countries, and how this determines firm and national performance. More recently, he has also been working with Accenture on running management experiments. He also studies how large uncertainty shocks — such as credit crunches, the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the Cuban Missile crisis — impact the US economy, for which he won the Frisch Medal in 2010.

Nicholas Bloom is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

Videos

Books & Research

This Time is Not so Different: Income Dynamics During the COVID-19 Recession

(National Bureau of Economic Research, 2021)

Pandemic-Era Uncertainty on Main Street and Wall Street

(Atlanta Working Paper, 2021)

COVID-19 Is a Persistent Reallocation Shock

(Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics, 2021)

What Triggers Stock Market Jumps?

(National Bureau of Economic Research, 2021)

The World Management Survey at 18: Lessons and the Way Forward

(National Bureau of Economic Research, 2021)

The World Management Survey at 18: Lessons and The Way Forward

(Oxford Academic, June 2021)

The Donut Effect of Covid-19 on Cities

(National Bureau of Economic Research, May 2021)

Working From Home After the Pandemic: Implications for Managers

(April 2021)

Why Working From Home Will Stick

(April 2021)

COVID-19 Shifted Patent Applications Toward Technologies that Support Working from Home

(January 2021)

60 Million Fewer Commuting Hours Per Day: How Americans Use Time Saved by Working From Home

(October 2020)

Business-Level Expectations and Uncertainty

(National Bureau of Economic Research 2020)

How Do CEOs Make Strategy?

(National Bureau of Economic Research, 2020)

The Impact of COVID-19 on Productivity

(National Bureau of Economic Research, 2020)

Elections, Political Polarization, and Economic Uncertainty

(National Bureau of Economic Research 2020)

A Toolkit of Policies to Promote Innovation

(Journal of Economic Perspectives, Summer 2019)

Innovation, Reallocation, and Growth

(American Economic Review, November 2018)

Inequality and The Disappearing Large Firm Wage Premium

(Semantic Scholar, 2017)

Management Practices, Work-Life Balance, and Productivity: A Review of Some Recent Evidence

(Oxford University Press, 2004)

Does Working From Home Work? Evidence from a Chinese Experiment

(Oxford University Press, on behalf of President and Fellows of Harvard College, 2014)

Eleven Facts About American Families and Work

(Executive Office of the President of the United States, October 2014)

Media

Nick Bloom | What Workers Want

June 2021

Our Research Shows Working From Home Works, In Moderation

June 2021

Hybrid Work Is Here To Stay. Now What?

June 29, 2021

Americans Are Done With 5-Days a Week in the Office. Here’s What That Means for the Economy

June 1, 2021

A Stanford Professor's Warning: Hybrid Work Could Make You Really, Really Hate Wednesdays

June, 2021

Don’t Let Employees Pick Their WFH Days

May 25, 2021

Your Employees Are Returning! Time for a Culture Change

April 29, 2021

Choice Has a Downside

April 26, 2021

Nicholas Bloom is America's Best Work-From-Home Expert. He Says the Remote Work Revolution is 'Only Halfway Through.'

April 18, 2021

WFH Expert Nicholas Bloom Says Future of Work Will be Messy ($)

April 13, 2021

How China Spurred Innovation in the U.S. and Europe

April 2, 2021

Why Working From Home May Be Here to Stay, According to an Expert

March 31, 2021

Our Research Shows Working From Home Works, in Moderation

March 21, 2021

Hybrid Work Week: Good for Some Workers, Bad for Equality ($)

March 5, 2021

How to Make WFH Work For Everyone

February 16, 2021

Employers Say Remote Work Will Remain In Their Plans

March 4, 2021

Hybrid Working Is Here to Stay Post-Pandemic: Stanford’s Nicholas Bloom (Video)

December 30, 2020

Inventors Are Eyeing Your Home Office

November 16, 2020

Businesses Say Their Travel Expenditures Won't Return To Pre-COVID-19 Levels

October 7, 2020

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Stanford Professor on the New Remote Work Economy: A 'Productivity Disaster' and 'Ticking Time Bomb for Inequality'

October 7, 2020

The COVID-19 “Reallocation Shock,” With Nick Bloom (Audio)

August 17, 2020

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Are You Cut Out To Work From Home?

July 14, 2020

Stanford News logo

Stanford Research Provides a Snapshot of a New Working-From-Home Economy

June 29, 2020

COVID-19 Is Also a Reallocation Shock

June 23, 2020

Stanford News logo

The Productivity Pitfalls of Working From Home in the Age of COVID-19

March 30, 2020

Brexit Is Already Affecting UK Businesses — Here’s How

March 13, 2019

Research: Better-Managed Companies Pay Employees More Equally

March 6, 2019

Research: Cloud Computing Is Helping Smaller, Newer Firms Compete

August 31, 2018

Why Do We Undervalue Competent Management?

October 2017

Research Shows Good Management Is Incredibly Hard to Copy (Video)

August 21, 2017

The Rise of Corporate Inequality (Audio)

March 2017

A Working from Home Experiment Shows High Performers Like It Better

January 23, 2015

To Raise Productivity, Let More Employees Work from Home

January–February 2014

Does Management Really Work?

November 2012

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Bloom, Nicholas

Biography

“Working from home has come of age – what was once derided as ‘shirking from home’ is now lauded as ‘personal thought time.'” – Nicholas Bloom

***

Nicholas Bloom is the William Eberle Professor of Economics at Stanford University and a professor, by courtesy, at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He is also the co-director of the Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and a fellow of the Centre for Economic Performance and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.

Professor Bloom received his undergraduate degree from Cambridge, his masters degree from Oxford University, and his PhD from University College London. While completing his PhD, he worked part-time at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, a London-based tax think tank. After completing his PhD, Bloom worked as a business tax policy advisor to the UK Treasury, and then joined McKinsey & Company as a management consultant. In 2003, he moved to the London School of Economics to focus on research, before joining Stanford University in 2005.

Professor Bloom’s research focuses on measuring and explaining management practices. He has been working with McKinsey & Company as part of a long-run effort to collect management data from over 10,000 firms across industries and countries. The aim is to build an empirical basis for understanding what factors drive differences in management practices across regions, industries and countries, and how this determines firm and national performance. More recently, he has also been working with Accenture on running management experiments. He also studies how large uncertainty shocks — such as credit crunches, the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the Cuban Missile crisis — impact the US economy, for which he won the Frisch Medal in 2010.

Nicholas Bloom is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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Recommendations

“Nick Bloom was fantastic – engaging and well-versed. Our executive-level audience was very impressed, and we’d recommend him as a speaker to anyone interested!”

– Jennifer Cutri, Manager, Conference Development, American Council of Life Insurers

“Thank you for a great session today, and thank you for sharing this great feedback.  I think this was one of the sessions that our participants were most looking forward to and it scored amazingly well on the evaluation poll.”

– Andrew Sikic, Associate Director of Programs, Executive Education, Stanford Graduate School of Business

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