Roland Fryer

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  • Behavioral Economist on Race & Social Issues
  • Founder & Director, Harvard's Education Innovation Laboratory
  • Collaborator on the Bestselling Book Freakonomics

Roland Fryer is a behavioral economist influencing policymaking on the most important issues of our day including race, fair police and justice, and education. Using data and economic rigor to understand the levers of our behavior, Fryer is an innovative social activist.  His personal story "from the hood to Harvard" informs his insightful speeches and audiences are surprised to find that a speech about economics leaves them inspired and more aware of our social interconnectedness.

 
  

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Mr. Fryer was absolutely fantastic!!! He was side-splittingly funny, articulate, thought-provoking, and inspiring all at the same time. He was so down-to-earth with the kids and faculty...I am still receiving rave reviews. Our school is hundreds of years old, and has had many assemblies throughout its long history. Several students and faculty have said this was the best they have ever attended, even faculty who have been here 25 years or more. Parents of day students have told me their child came home talking non-stop about the assembly, and our surprisingly captivating guest speaker. That is monumental for this age group. I am so happy that he was recommended to me. My only problem is topping it next year. He truly is a 'rising star' and I don't see Harvard as his last stop.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Roland Fryer
  • Hofstra University
  • Ringling College Library Association Town Hall
  • Association of College & University Housing Officers
  • Bank of America
  • Secondary School Admission Test
  • San Joaquin Valley Town Hall
  • Connecticut Forum
  • Financial Service Centers of America, Inc.
  • The Power Within
  • Lawrence Academy
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Economics of Incentives: What Drives Individuals and Organizations to Make Decisions?

In this speech rising economic star Roland Fryer draws on his research which contributed to the success of the phenomenal bestseller Freakonomics to give audiences insights into why businesses, individuals and governments make decisions and how social pressures and societal trends might influence fu ...

In this speech rising economic star Roland Fryer draws on his research which contributed to the success of the phenomenal bestseller Freakonomics to give audiences insights into why businesses, individuals and governments make decisions and how social pressures and societal trends might influence future policies.

Solutions to Fixing Education in America: No More Excuses

Roland Fryer has pushed the envelope on bold and innovative research to find solutions to fix education in America. In this inspiring presentation Fryer presents 5 solutions that were implemented in some of the country’s lowest achieving schools and proved to make a difference within one schoo ...

Roland Fryer has pushed the envelope on bold and innovative research to find solutions to fix education in America. In this inspiring presentation Fryer presents 5 solutions that were implemented in some of the country’s lowest achieving schools and proved to make a difference within one school year. His real world results have been remarkable. In just one year, one of the schools went from 40 percent proficient in math on a standardized test to 85 percent proficient; high school seniors were 50 percent more likely to enroll in a four year college. Fryer states that with these kinds of results, "We’re out of excuses… If we want to compete with South Korea, if we want to fundamentally change the landscape of our economy, if we want to stop holding kids accountable for the zip code that they’re born into, the time is now." 

Big Data: How to Use it To Revolutionize Your Business

‘Big Data’—you know what it means and are using it in your business, but do you know how to leverage its power to transform your business? Big data isn’t a liability, it’s an asset: that’s the takeaway from Dr. Roland Fryer’s speech, in which he teaches ...

‘Big Data’—you know what it means and are using it in your business, but do you know how to leverage its power to transform your business?

Big data isn’t a liability, it’s an asset: that’s the takeaway from Dr. Roland Fryer’s speech, in which he teaches businesses everything they need to do about using big data to boost profit. Using his extensive experience from the public and private sector, he offers guidance on everything from fraud algorithms to trend forecasting. Dr. Fryer advises business on how to efficiently collect data, analyze it for maximum decision-making power and ultimately drive profits skyward.

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Biography

Award-winning Harvard economist, education activist and collaborator on the bestselling book Freakonomics, Roland Fryer is a superstar. He is the 2015 winner of the highly esteemed John Bates Clark Medal for being the most promising economist in America under the age of 40. He has concrete solutions for fixing failing schools in America, and is on a mission to make a difference. Named a "Rising Star" by Fortune magazine and featured in Esquire’s "Genius Issue," Fryer noted that his rise to success happened "through the medium of education and through the idea of the mind." The story of Fryer's life is an inspiration, as he overcame a grim childhood — including being exposed to drugs, crime and parental abandonment — to become the youngest African-American ever to receive tenure from Harvard. But Fryer is tired of people telling him that he "beat the odds" when he knows that with the proper guidance and tools, every child in America can have an opportunity for success. Because of his personal experiences, Fryer has dedicated his life to changing the odds for all children across America.

He is the Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics at Harvard University, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, founder and faculty director of the Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard, and a former junior fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows — one of academia’s most prestigious research posts.

At thirty, he became the youngest African-American to receive tenure from Harvard. He has been awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship, a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation, and the inaugural Alphonse Fletcher Award.

Fryer served as chief equality officer at the New York City Department of Education from 2007 to 2008. He developed and implemented several innovative ideas on student motivation and teacher pay-for-performance concepts. He won a Titanium Lion at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival for the Million Motivation Campaign. Fryer has published papers on the racial achievement gap, causes and consequences of distinctively black names, affirmative action, the impact of the crack cocaine epidemic, historically black colleges and universities, and acting white.

Fryer is a 2009 recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. He appears on the “2009 Time 100,” Time magazine’s annual list of the world’s most influential people. In 2011, he was awarded a MacArthur “Genius Grant” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. In 2012, he was awarded the Calvó-Armengol Prize, which is one of the most prestigious prizes recognizing young economists and social scientists.