Steve Levitt

Steve Levitt

Formal First Name
Steven (Steve)
1967 - present

Steve Levitt is a prominent economist, innovative thinker, TED-talk speaker, and bestselling author. Levitt is the William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics at the University of Chicago, where he also serves as the Co-Founder of The Center for Radical Innovation for Social Change (RISC) and Director of the Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory. Levitt is celebrated for using data and statistics to solve an array of problems not typically associated with economics. He is recognized for his work on crime, with focus on the link between legalized abortion and crime rates. Levitt is best known as the co-author of the bestselling books, the Freakonomics series, the business management and leadership phenomenon that has sold more than 7 million copies in over 40 countries.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • 2006 Time's 100 People Who Shape Our World

  • 2004 Fellow of the Econometric Society

  • 2003 John Bates Clark Medal Winner

  • 2003 Garvin Prize

  • 2002 American Academy of Arts and Sciences