Brigitte C. Madrian
Alma materBrigham Young University,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Spouse(s)David Madrian

Brigitte C. Madrian is a behavioral economist and is the ninth dean of the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University (BYU). She is the first woman to serve as dean and has a joint appointment in the Department of Finance and the George W. Romney Institute of Public Service and Ethics.


Before coming to BYU, Madrian was the Aetna professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University from 2006 to 2018. She was also a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School from 2003 to 2006, the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business from 1995 to 2003, and the Harvard University Economics Department from 1993 to 1995. She is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and served as co-director of the NBER Household Finance working group.[1]

Madrian's research focuses on behavioral economics and household finance, with a particular focus on household saving and investment behavior.[2][3] She also uses the lens of behavioral economics to understand health behaviors and improve health outcomes.[4]

Madrian received a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and studied economics as an undergraduate at BYU. She is a recipient of the Retirement Income Industry Association Achievement in Applied Retirement Research Award (2015) and a three-time recipient of the TIAA Paul A. Samuelson Award for Scholarly Research on Lifelong Financial Security (2002, 2011 and 2017).[5]

Personal life

Madrian is married with two daughters and lives in Highland, Utah.[6] She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


  1. ^ Alton, Jenna (2018-05-23). "BYU names first female dean of Marriott School of Business". Deseret News. Retrieved 2019-07-31.
  2. ^ Wallack, Todd. "Improving your financial literacy skills", The Boston Globe, Boston, 3 March 2013. Retrieved on 2 August 2019.
  3. ^ Varian, Hal. "Looking for the Incentives That Will Prompt Americans to Save More", The New York Times, 29 June 2006. Retrieved on 2 August 2019.
  4. ^ Plunkett, John. "Held Hostage By Health Care", Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 29 January 2007. Retrieved on 2 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Harvard professor announced as new dean for BYU Marriott's School of Business". Church News. 2018-05-24. Retrieved 2019-07-31.
  6. ^ Armknecht, Megan. "FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS", Mormon Women Project, Utah, 13 May 2019. Retrieved on 17 August 2019.