Naomi R. Lamoreaux is Stanley B. Resor Professor of Economics and History at Yale University and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She received her BA in history from SUNY Binghamton in 1972 and her Ph.D. in history from The Johns Hopkins University in 1979. She taught at Brown University from 1979 to 1996 and the University of California, Los Angeles from 1996 to 2010. She has written The Great Merger Movement in American Business, 1895-1904 and Insider Lending: Banks, Personal Connections, and Economic Development in Industrial New England, edited five other books, and published scores of articles on business, economic, and financial history. She also co-edited the Journal of Economic History from 1992 to 1996. Her current research interests include patenting and the market for technology in the late nineteenth and twentieth century U.S., business organizational forms and contractual freedom in the U.S. and Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the public/private distinction in U.S. history, and the rise and decline of innovative regions.
Professor Lamoreaux has been elected president of the Business History Conference and the Economic History Association and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has been awarded the Alice Hanson Jones book prize, the PEAES and Arthur Cole article prizes, the Harold Williamson Prize for an outstanding business historian in mid-career, and the Cliometrics award for exceptional support to the field. She has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and grants from the Institute for New Economic Thinking, the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Tobin Project.