Sir Christopher Pissarides

Sir Christopher Pissarides, Norman Sosnow Chair in Economics at the London School of Economics and Nobel prize laureate in 2010

Sir Christopher Antoniou Pissarides is a Greek Cypriot, born in Nicosia, in February, 1948. After school in Cyprus he moved to Britain, studying economics at the University of Essex, where he gained his BA in 1970 and MA in 1971 before transferring to the LSE and completing his PhD in 1973. He spent the next two years as a lecturer at the University of Southampton before returning to LSE in 1976. He has remained at LSE ever since and now is Professor of Economics, a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Performance and holder of the Norman Sosnow Chair in Economics. He specialises in the economics of unemployment, labour-market theory, labour-market policy and growth and structural change. He has written extensively in professional journals and his book Equilibrium Unemployment Theory is a standard reference in the economics of unemployment.

In 1994 Sir Christopher Pissarides teamed up with Dale Mortensen to distil their individual work over the previous two decades into the influential paper Job Creation and Job Destruction in the Theory of Unemployment. The resulting Mortensen-Pissarides model proved so influential in macroeconomic studies that it now forms a core part of most graduate courses. The pair shared the IZA Prize in Labour Economics in 2005. In 2010 Sir Christopher Pissarides was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his work with Peter Diamond and Dale Mortensen on the analysis of markets with search frictions. He is also a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the British Academy and the European Economic Association, of which he was named president in 2011.