Professor Peter Lorentzen

Peter Lorentzen

Program Director, MS Applied Economics

Department Chair
Program Director
Full-Time Faculty


Professor Lorentzen specializes in the economics of information, incentives, and institutions. He received his PhD in Economic Analysis and Policy from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and previously taught at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley. He has published research on governance and social control in China, media management, anti-corruption, environmental transparency, long-run economic growth, qualitative research methods, the creation of platforms for sharing of genetic information, and capital markets in developing countries.

Research Areas

  • Applied Game Theory
  • Political Economy
  • Economic Development
  • Authoritarian Governance


  • Academic Director, MS in Applied Economics


  • PhD, Economic Analysis and Policy, Stanford University Graduate School of Business