Joel Flynn

Joel Flynn joins Yale as Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics in July 2024. He will be a Cowles Foundation postdoctoral fellow for the 2023-24 academic year. His research is in macroeconomics and economic theory with an emphasis on behavioral macroeconomics and mechanism design. He has recently studied how viral economic narratives may cause macroeconomic boom-bust cycles and how cyclical attention to the macroeconomy generates macroeconomic volatility. His mechanism design research has focused on the optimal design of two-sided matching markets and optimal contracting when contracts are incomplete. His research has appeared in the American Economic Review and the Review of Economic Studies. He received his Ph.D. in economics from MIT and his B.A. in economics from the University of Cambridge (King’s College).