Peter A. Diamond is the Paul A. Samuelson Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has been teaching since 1966. He holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Yale University (1960), a Ph.D. in Economics from M.I.T. (1963), and has previously taught at the University of California, Berkeley. He was elected Fellow of the Econometric Society (1968), Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1978), and Member of the National Academy of Sciences (1984). He is a Founding Member of the National Academy of Social Insurance (1988).
Professor Diamond has been a member of government and congressional panels and commissions. He was president of the Econometric Society and vice-president of the American Economic Association. He served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Economic Theory, The Journal of Public Economics, and the American Economic Review.
Professor Diamond's research interests are in micro- and macroeconomic theory. He is the author of over 80 journal and book articles that made fundamental contributions to a variety of areas, including government debt and capital accumulation, capital markets and risk sharing, optimal taxation, search and matching in labor markets, and social insurance. His research has been supported by the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the National Bureau of Economic Research.