Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Gareth Olds is an Assistant Professor in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at HBS. He teaches the required first-year Entrepreneurial Manager MBA course.
Professor Olds is an economist who researches how financial market frictions and exposure to uninsured risk affect lending, debt and entrepreneurship. His dissertation work examined the effect of public healthcare and income support programs such as SCHIP and Food Stamps on household firm formation. He also has work on the role of social capital in reducing credit market frictions and facilitating entrepreneurship; the effect of public healthcare on the labor supply available to start-ups; the impact of public healthcare programs on insurance crowd-out and medical innovation; and the impact of public finance, student loan debt and the rising cost of education on entrepreneurship.
Professor Olds earned his Ph.D. in Economics at Brown University in 2014, where he received the Merit Dissertation Fellowship, the National Science Foundation IGERT Fellowship, 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.