Heidi Williams
Heidi Williams
Director of Science Policy

Heidi Williams is the Director of Science Policy at the Institute for Progress and the Charles R. Schwab Professor of Economics at Stanford University

Heidi's research focuses on how society can best support science and innovation, and how we can best ensure that science and innovation generate broad benefits to society.

Heidi serves as Co-Chair (with Paul Niehaus) of J-PAL’s new Science for Progress Initiative. She is also the Editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), where she co-directs the Health Care program (with Amy Finkelstein) and co-directs the Innovation Policy working group (with Ben Jones).

Heidi received her AB in mathematics from Dartmouth College in 2003, her MSc in development economics from Oxford University in 2004, and her PhD in economics from Harvard in 2010. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (2015), and has been recognized for her undergraduate teaching, graduate teaching, and graduate advising.

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A Serious Case for Dynamic Scoring
Innovation policy has a budget problem, and Congress has a chance to fix it
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September 15th 2023
Metascience
To Speed Up Scientific Progress, We Need to Understand Science Policy
Three ways to bridge the divide between researchers and policymakers
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September 11th 2023
Metascience
Funding Delays Are Slowing Scientific Progress
It shouldn't take scientists 20 months to navigate the grant process
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August 28th 2023