John Rust


  • Fellow of the Econometric Society.
  • Awarded the Ragnar Frisch Medal in 1992 for best empirical paper published in the preceding five-year period in Econometrica.
  • Co-founder of and Techno Luddites, Inc. and creator of academic software Editorial Express for journals, Conference Maker for conferences, and Head Hunter for academic recruiting.

John Rust is professor of economics at Georgetown University. He previously taught at the University of Maryland, Yale University and the University of Wisconsin. He is best known for his research on the development of computationally tractable methods for empirically modeling dynamic decision making under uncertainty and making fundamental contributions to a very active area of current research on estimation of dynamic structural models in econometrics.

Rust has published papers on wide range of financial topics, including equilibrium in the markets of durable goods, Social Security, retirement, and disability insurance. He earned a B.A. in mathematics and economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.