Spousal Combinations

30 June 2007 at 9:37 am 16 comments

| Peter Klein |

This post got me thinking: who are the top husband-and-wife teams (not named Foss or Klein) in economics, management, finance, and related fields? Some candidates:

  • George Akerlof and Janet Yellen
  • Birger Wernerfelt and Cynthia Montgomery
  • David and Christina Romer
  • Guido Imbens and Susan Athey
  • Scott Schaefer and Rachel Hayes

There must be many more. Suggestions? More importantly, is there a good explanation — perhaps from team theory — for greater (or lower) productivity in spousal teams, compared to other types of collaborative units? (Serious answers only, please!)

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16 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Guan Yang  |  30 June 2007 at 9:41 am

    Barro and McCleary?

  • 2. Guan Yang  |  30 June 2007 at 9:43 am

    Johansen and Juselius!

  • 3. JCS  |  30 June 2007 at 2:25 pm


    A minor correction:

    Birger Wernerfelt with an _I_ not _E_ ;-)



  • 4. Peter Klein  |  30 June 2007 at 3:17 pm

    JCS, thanks, now corrected.

  • 5. Chihmao Hsieh  |  1 July 2007 at 3:53 am

    Probably not a ‘top’ team, but there are a couple papers by Lee and Alexandra Benham (albeit a father-daughter team? I’m not precisely sure…).

  • 6. Peter Klein  |  1 July 2007 at 2:45 pm

    Husband-and-wife, though I’m sure Alexandra would be flattered by the error!

  • 7. JLD  |  1 July 2007 at 4:37 pm

    Mark and Cynthia Lengnick-Hall have done good work in strategy.

  • 8. geoff  |  2 July 2007 at 11:04 am

    Scotchmer and Ferrell are an ex-husband and wife team.

  • 9. Peter Klein  |  2 July 2007 at 11:07 am

    Whoops. I’ll take them off.

  • 10. Bart  |  2 July 2007 at 12:36 pm

    The late Milton and Rose Friedman

  • 11. Pablo  |  2 July 2007 at 12:52 pm

    Becker and Nashat

  • 12. Robert  |  3 July 2007 at 9:27 pm

    Isn’t Krugman married to an economist?

  • 13. Pascal  |  4 July 2007 at 12:48 am

    Can we consider marriage as a special case of vertical integration, using the transaction costs approach?

  • 14. Ty Mackey  |  5 July 2007 at 7:46 pm

    Mackey & Mackey?

  • 15. Ty Mackey  |  5 July 2007 at 7:55 pm


    In the vertical integration scenario, who is the upstream partner?

  • 16. David  |  9 August 2007 at 1:47 pm

    Horizontal integration is more like it.

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