Yannis M. Ioannides joined the Tufts faculty in September 1995 as the Max and Herta Neubauer Chair and Professor in Economics. Previously he taught at the University of California, Riverside, 1973-1974, Brown University, 1974-1980, Boston University, 1980-1986, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he also served as Department Head from 1989-1995. He held an appointment as a Professor of Economics at the Athens School of Economics and Business, Athens, Greece, 1983-1986, and was a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research from 1982-1993. He visited the LSE, Spring 1994, as visiting scholar in the Department of Economics, and Fall 2022, as visiting professor in the Department of Geography and Environment. He received his Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University, Athens, Greece, 1968, and his MS in Engineering-Economic Systems, 1970, and his Ph.D. in Engineering-Economic Systems with a minor in Economics, 1974, both from Stanford University. He completed  elementary school and high school education in Thessaloniki, and Lyceum in Athens.  In June 2017, he was elected as a corresponding member of the Academy of Athens.

His current research interests combine social economics and macroeconomics, with special emphasis on social economics, economic growth and inequality, social interactions and networks, and housing markets. He teaches courses in macroeconomics, economic growth, social interactions and social networks, and the economics of the European Union. He is an Associate Editor of Regional Science and Urban Economics and served as Associate Editor of The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, second edition (Steven N. Durlauf and Laurence E. Blume, General Editors). He served as a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Social Interactions and Economic Inequality, and as a consultant to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, the European Investment Bank, and other EU, US, and Greek institutions. He has participated widely in conferences and has published articles in numerous edited volumes and leading scholarly journals including: American Economic Review, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Economic Theory, International Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Economic Journal, Regional Science and Urban Economics, The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, and Economic Policy.  His book, From Neighborhoods to Nations: The Economics of Social Interactions, Princeton University Press, appeared in October 2012. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

He has a side interest in Modern Greek Studies and co-chaired the Greek Study Group, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, 2004-2014.  His hobbies include the medieval history of Greece; Linear B; the poetry of Erica Funkhouser, Yannis Ritsos, and George Seferis; and the works of Haruki Murakami and gardening.


Corresponding Member, Academy of Athens. Εlected, June 8, 2017. Tufts economics announcement.

Distinguished Scholarship Award, 2008–2009, School of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering, Tufts University, May 2009.

ASSET Murat Sertel Lecture, “Social Interactions: Theory and Empirics,” Association of Southern European Economic Theorists (ASSET) meeting, Rethymno, Crete, October, 2001.

Miscellaneous Professional Activities

2014– Trustee, College Year in Athens.


Member, “Human Capital and Economic Opportunity: A Global Working Group.” Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics, University of Chicago.


Founding member and editor,


Co-organizer of C.R.E.T.E.  (Conferences on Research on Economic Theory and Econometrics), with Costas Azariadis, Harris Dellas, Emmanuel Petrakis, Dimitri Vayanos, and Nikos Vettas).


Associate editor, The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, second edition, Palgrave McMillan.


Co-chairGreek Study Group, Center for European Studies, Harvard University.


Member, Research Network on Social Interactions and Economic Inequality, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Co-chair, Fellowships for Younger Scholars,1999–2005.


Member, Scientific Board, Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research, Athens, Greece.


Consultant, European Regional Development, European Investment Bank, Luxembourg.


Consultant, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. “Mixed-Income Housing.”


Guest Editor, Regional Science and Urban Economics, special issue on Urban–Regional Structure and Economic Growth.


Coordinator, and 1995-1997, Member, Faculty Selection Committee for Economics, University of Cyprus.


Consultant. Directorate General on Regional Policy, Commission of the European Communities, Brussels.


Member of the Scientific Committee, 47th Congress of the International Institute of Public Finance, was to be held in Leningrad, USSR, August 26-29, 1991, cancelled due to the coup.


Member of the Program Committee, 10th World Congress of the International Economic Association, Moscow, August 1992.


Associate Editor, Regional Science and Urban Economics.


Member, Executive Board, Modern Greek Studies Association.