Gareth Olds is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at HBS. He teaches the required first-year Entrepreneurial Manager MBA course.
Professor Olds's research focuses on health and labor economics, applied econometrics for causal inference, and the supply of entrepreneurial talent. His dissertation work examines the effect that public healthcare and income support programs have on household firm formation. He also works on issues related to the pool of talent available to start-ups; the importance of interpersonal trust in reducing credit market frictions and facilitating entrepreneurship; and the impact of public healthcare programs on insurance crowd-out and medical innovation.
Professor Olds earned his Ph.D. in Economics at Brown University in 2014, where he received the Merit Dissertation Fellowship, the National Science Foundation's IGERT Fellowship (for an interdisciplinary program on poverty and inequality), and the Graduate Teaching Award. He also holds an A.M. from Brown University and a B.A. from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He is originally from Anchorage, Alaska.