Karen Clay

Affiliated Professor of Law


From Carnegie Mellon University | Heinz College

Karen Clay is an Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management. Dr. Clay’s received a BA in Economics (Highest Honors) and Mathematics from the University of Virginia and a PhD in Economics from Stanford University. Prior to teaching at Carnegie Mellon, Dr. Clay was an Assistant Professor of Economics at University of Toronto. She has also been a visitor at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon, the California Institute of Technology, and Stanford Law School.

Dr. Clay’s research examines the growth of the American economy over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This research investigates how legal institutions, political institutions, and technological change have shaped economic activity.