2021 Candidates for Office
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On the basis of recommendations submitted by the Nominating Committee (Chair Alvin Roth, William Darity, Jr., Erica Field, Kristin Forbes, Rebecca Henderson, Hilary Hoynes, Guido Imbens, Lawrence Katz), the Electoral College presents these nominees with a brief biographical sketch of each candidate. (See Bylaws, Article III, Sections 1-3, and Article V, Section 2, for provisions relating to election of officers and selection of nominees.) For the list of current officers, visit www.aeaweb.org/about-aea/leadership/officers.
CHRISTINA D. ROMER, Class of 1957 Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley
Statement of Purpose: The AEA plays a crucial role in fostering excellent economics research, teaching, and professional collaboration, and it has begun to lead efforts to make our field more inclusive and diverse. My goal as AEA president would be to further all these missions. I applaud the adoption of the AEA code of conduct and AEA efforts to document and improve the climate for economists who are women, underrepresented minorities, and LGBTQ+. We need to do more to ensure that our conferences and journals reflect the breadth and interests of our members, and that all economists feel respected and valued. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Association will need to be particularly aware of the needs of graduate students and young faculty, who are likely to be directly affected by hiring freezes and the disruption of normal teaching and research over the next few years.
Previous and Present Positions: Class of 1957 Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 1997-; Chair, Council of Economic Advisers, 2009-10; Professor, University of California, Berkeley, 1993-97; Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley, 1990-93; Acting Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley, 1988-90; Assistant Professor, Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School, 1985-88.
Degrees: College of William and Mary, B.A., 1981; MIT, Ph.D., 1985.
Publications: “New Evidence on the Aftermath of Financial Crises in Advanced Countries,” (with Romer), AER, 2017; “The Macroeconomic Effects of Tax Changes: Estimates Based on a New Measure of Fiscal Shocks,” (with Romer), AER, 2010; “Was the Federal Reserve Constrained by the Gold Standard during the Great Depression? Evidence from the 1932 Open Market Purchase Program,” (with Hsieh), Journal of Economic History, 2006; “A New Measure of Monetary Shocks: Derivation and Implications,” (with Romer), AER, 2004; “Federal Reserve Information and the Behavior of Interest Rates,” (with Romer), AER, 2000; “What Ended the Great Depression?” Journal of Economic History, 1992; “The Great Crash and the Onset of the Great Depression,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 1990; “Does Monetary Policy Matter? A New Test in the Spirit of Friedman and Schwartz,” (with Romer), NBER Macroeconomics Annual, 1989; “The Prewar Business Cycle Reconsidered: New Estimates of Gross National Product, 1869–1908,” Journal of Political Economy, 1989; “Spurious Volatility in Historical Unemployment Data,” Journal of Political Economy, 1986.
AEA Offices, Committee Memberships, and Honors: Vice President, 2006; Committee on Honors and Awards, 2004-08; Executive Committee, 2001-04; Program Committee, 2001, 2005.
Other Affiliations and Honors: Robert A. Muh Award in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at MIT, 2018; Visionary Award, Council for Economic Education, 2014; Zale Award for Outstanding Achievement in Policy Research and Public Service, Stanford University, 2011; Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2004; Co-Director, Program in Monetary Economics, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2003-08, 2010-18; John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1998; Distinguished Teaching Award, University of California, Berkeley, 1994; Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 1989.
KATHERINE BAICKER, Dean, Emmett Dedmon Professor, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy
Statement of Purpose: Economics has a great deal to contribute to the most pressing issues of our times. I hope to bring my experience bridging academic research, policy implementation, and private sector engagement to increase our impact as a profession. My research in health economics includes leading large scale federally-funded randomized trials and umbrella grants. These have given me an appreciation for the value of building our field’s capacity to draw on a broad set of tools, collaborators, and resources. I have made it a priority to translate insights from economics to federal and state policymakers. Having taught in an economics department, chaired a department of health policy, and now serving as Dean of a policy school, my goal as AEA VP would be to help the organization not only to support economists across settings in their efforts to move our field forward but also to amplify the impact these crucial insights have.
Previous and Present Positions: Dean, Emmett Dedmon Professor, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy; 2017-; C. Boyden Gray Professor of Health Economics, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, 2014-17; Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard University 2014-16; Professor of Health Economics, Harvard University, 2007-14; Member of Council of Economic Advisers, 2005-07; Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Dartmouth College, 1998-2005.
Degrees: Yale University, BA, Economics, 1993; Harvard University, Ph.D., Economics, 1998.
Publications: “Effect of a Workplace Wellness Program on Employee Health and Economic Outcomes,” (with Song), JAMA, 2019; “Behavioral Hazard in Health Insurance,” (with Mullainathan, Schwartzstein), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2015; “Medicaid Increases Emergency Department Use: Evidence from Oregon’s Health Insurance Experiment,” (with Taubman, Allen, Wright, Finkelstein), Science, 2014; “The Oregon Experiment – Effects of Medicaid on Clinical Outcomes,” (with Finkelstein and the Oregon Health Study Group), New England Journal of Medicine, 2013; “The Oregon Health Insurance Experiment: Evidence from the First Year,” (with Finkelstein and the Oregon Health Study Group), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2012; “Saving Money or Just Saving Lives? Improving the Productivity of U.S. Health Care Spending,” (with Chandra, Skinner), Annual Review of Economics, 2012; “The Labor Market Effects of Rising Health Insurance Premiums,” (with Chandra), Journal of Labor Economics, 2006; “Extensive or Intensive Generosity? The Price and Income Effects of Federal Grants,” Review of Economics and Statistics, 2005; “Fiscal Shenanigans, Targeted Federal Health Care Funds, and Patient Mortality,” (with Staiger), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2005; “The Spillover Effects of State Spending,” Journal of Public Economics, 2005.
AEA Offices, Committee Memberships, and Honors: AEACGR, 2014-17; JEP, Associate Editor, 2011-14; CEMENT participant.
Other Affiliations and Honors: NBER Research Associate; Elected member: American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Social Insurance; Board of Directors: Eli Lilly, Mayo Clinic, NORC; Academy Health Chair of Board of Directors; Congressional Budget Office Panel of Health Advisers; Medicare Payment Advisory Commission; Arrow Award.
KERWIN KOFI CHARLES, Indra K. Nooyi Dean and Frederic D. Wolfe Professor of Economics, Policy, and Management, Yale School of Management.
Statement of Purpose: Insights and results from modern economics have become indispensable tools for the understanding, design, and evaluation of policy intended to improve societal wellbeing. However, the continued relevance, usefulness, and impact of our field require a rapid broadening in the ranks of professional economists to ensure the presence of persons and perspectives currently underrepresented; the removal of factors that frustrate the timely review and publication of research findings; and the use of outlets for communicating our ideas to the broader public beyond research articles in our professional journals. I would strive to advance these objectives as AEA VP.
Previous and Present Positions: Indra K. Nooyi Dean and Frederic D. Wolfe Professor of Economics, Policy, and Management, Yale School of Management, 2019 -; Interim Dean, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago, 2016-17; Deputy Dean, Harris School, University of Chicago, 2011-16; Edwin and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor, Harris School, University of Chicago, 2009-19; Professor, Stearns Family Professor, Harris School, University of Chicago, 2007-09; Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harris School, University of Chicago, 2006-07; Visiting Associate Professor, Harris School, University of Chicago, 2005-06; Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy, University of Michigan, 2003-05; Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy, University of Michigan & Faculty Associate, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, 1996-2003; Lecturer, Cornell University, 1994-95.
Degrees: University of Miami, B.S., 1989; Cornell University, M.S., 1993; Cornell University, Ph.D., 1996.
Publications: “Leisure Luxuries and the Labor Supply of Young Men,” (with Aguiar, Bils, and Hurst), Journal of Political Economy, forthcoming; “Public Health Efforts and the Decline in Urban Mortality,” (with Anderson and Rees), AEJ: Applied Economics, forthcoming; “The Effect of Occupational Licensing on Consumer Welfare: Early Midwifery Laws and Maternal Mortality,” (with Anderson, Brown, and Rees), Journal of Political Economy, forthcoming; “Housing Booms, Manufacturing Decline, and Labor Market Outcomes” (with Hurst and Notowidigdo), The Economic Journal, 2019; “Housing Booms and Busts, Labor Market Opportunities, and College Attendance,” (with Hurst and Notowidigdo), AER, 2018; “Divergent Paths: A New Perspective on Earnings Differences Between Black and White Men Since 1940,” (with Bayer), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2018; “Conspicuous Consumption and Race,” (with Hurst and Rousanov), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2009; “Prejudice and Wages: An Empirical Assessment of Becker’s The Economics of Discrimination,” (with Guryan), Journal of Political Economy, 2008; “Disability, Job Displacement and Divorce” (with Stephens), Journal of Labor Economics, 2004; “The Correlation of Wealth Across Generations,” (with Hurst), Journal of Political Economy, 2003.
AEA Offices, Committee Memberships, and Honors: CSMGEP, 2007-09.
Other Affiliations and Honors: President, Midwest Economic Association, 2018-; Editorial Board, Journal of Labor Economics, 2018-; Fellow, Society of Labor Economists, 2017-; International Editorial Board, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2016-; Board of Trustees, Panel Study of Income Dynamics, 2016-; Federal Economic Statistics Advisory Committee (FESAC), 2015-; Board of Trustees, NORC, 2009-; Faculty Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2002-; Associate Editor, Journal of Human Resources, 2007-15; National Advisory Committee, Robert Wood Johnson Scholars’ Program, 2009-14.
DAVID M. CUTLER, Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics, Harvard University.
Statement of Purpose: It is an honor for me to stand for election as Vice President of the AEA. Economics is vital to many of society’s pressing issues, and the profession needs to do all it can to promote understanding of economics. As Vice President, I would focus on several areas. First, the profession still has to address the climate for economists. Great ideas come from combining disparate insights. Diversity within the profession helps to achieve that goal. We all lose when potentially great economists are deterred from entering the profession because we are or seem unwelcoming. Second, we have few mechanisms for conveying pressing information to the public. Medical journals publish papers in days. Most economics journals take years; AER: Insights is an exception. Having more outlets with rapid review and immediate publication would enable the AEA to better meet the demand for timely economic analysis.
Previous and Present Positions: Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics, Harvard University, 2005-; Harvard College Professor, 2014-19; Associate Dean for Social Sciences, Harvard University, 2003-08; Assistant and Associate Professor, Harvard University, 1991-97; Member, Council of Economic Advisers and National Economic Council, 1993.
Degrees: Harvard University, B.A., Economics, 1987; MIT, Ph.D., Economics, 1991.
Publications: “Physician Beliefs and Patient Preferences: A New Look at Regional Variation in Health Care Spending,” (with Skinner, Stern, and Wennberg), AEJ: Economic Policy, 2019; “The Association Between Income and Life Expectancy in the United States, 2001-2014,” (with Chetty, Stepner, Abraham, Lin, Scuderi, Turner, and Bergeron), JAMA, 2016; “Rising Educational Gradients in Mortality: The Role of Behavioral Risk Factors,” (with Lange, Meara, Richards-Shubik, and Ruhm), Journal of Health Economics, 2011; “The (Paper) Work of Medicine: Understanding International Medical Costs,” (with Ly), JEP, 2011; “Understanding Differences in Health Behavior by Education,” (with Lleras-Muney), Journal of Health Economics, 2010; “Value of Medical Innovation in the United States: 1960-2000," (with Rosen and Vijan), New England Journal of Medicine, 2006; “The Determinants of Mortality,” (with Deaton and Lleras-Muney), JEP, 2006; “Why Have Americans Become More Obese?" (with Glaeser and Shapiro), JEP, 2003; “The Rise and Decline of the American Ghetto,” (with Glaeser and Vigdor), Journal of Political Economy, 1999; “Are Medical Prices Declining? Evidence from Heart Attack Treatments,” (with McClellan, Newhouse, and Remler), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 1998.
AEA Offices, Committee Memberships, and Honors: Associate Editor, JEP, 1999-2004; JEP Editor search committee, 2002.
Other Affiliations and Honors: Winner, Ken Arrow Award, Outstanding Paper in Health Economics; Outstanding Mentor Award, Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; Former editor, Journal of Health Economics; Incoming President, American Health Economics Association; Member, Institute of Medicine; Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Member, National Academy of Social Insurance; Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, Aging, Health Care, Public Economics, and Productivity programs.
SHELLY LUNDBERG, Leonard Broom Professor of Demography and Distinguished Professor of Economics, University of California Santa Barbara
Statement of Purpose: I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for AEA VP. I have served on the AEA’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession twice over the years, once as Chair. CSWEP’s consistent mission has been to advance the careers of all professional women economists, not just those in elite academic institutions (though the diversity of those who teach most new PhDs is of particular concern). I believe that the AEA Executive Committee should pursue a similarly inclusionary mission and, with your help, would work towards that end. The AEA has made great progress recently in educational outreach, concern for diversity, and other domains, but it is still regarded by many as an elitist and exclusionary organization. Service to a broader professional community is not inconsistent with AEA’s traditional mission of promoting and discussing economic research.
Previous and Present Positions: Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 1980-84; Assistant, Associate, and Professor of Economics, University of Washington, 1984-2004; Castor Professor of Economics, University of Washington, 2004-11; Leonard Broom Professor of Demography and Professor of Economics, University of California Santa Barbara, 2011-.
Degrees: University of British Columbia, B.A., Economics, 1975; Northwestern University, Ph.D., Economics, 1981.
Publications: “Gender Gaps in the Effects of Childhood Family Environment: Do They Persist into Adulthood?” (with Brenøe), European Economic Review, 2018; “Lifting the Burden: State Care of the Elderly and the Labor Supply of Adult Children,” (with Løken and Riise), Journal of Human Resources, 2017; “Family Inequality: Diverging Patterns in Marriage, Cohabitation, and Childbearing,” (with Pollak and Stearns), JEP, 2016; “The College Type: Personality and Educational Inequality,” Journal of Labor Economics, 2013; “Decision-making by Children,” (with Romich and Tsang), Review of Economics of the Household, 2009; “The Effect of Sons and Daughters on Men’s Labor Supply and Wages,” (with Rose), Review of Economics and Statistics, 2002; “Do Husbands and Wives Pool Resources?: Evidence from the UK Child Benefit,” (with Pollak and Wales), Journal of Human Resources, 1997; “Separate Spheres Bargaining and the Marriage Market,” (with Pollak), Journal of Political Economy, 1993; “The Enforcement of Equal Opportunity Laws Under Imperfect Information: Affirmative Action and Alternatives,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 1991; “Private Discrimination and Social Intervention in Competitive Labor Market,” (with Startz), AER, 1983.
AEA Offices, Committee Memberships, and Honors: CSWEP, Western Representative 1989-91; Chair, CSWEP, 2016-18; Board of Editors, AER, 2007-15; Member, Ad Hoc Committee on Professional Climate in Economics, 2018; Distinguished Fellow, 2020.
Other Affiliations and Honors: Doctorate Honoris Causa, University of Bergen, 2012; Fellow, Society of Labor Economics, 2008; Downing Fellow, University of Melbourne, 2010; Director, Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology, University of Washington, 2007-10; President, European Society for Population Economics, 2018-19; President, Society of Labor Economists, 2012-13; Board of Directors, Population Association of America, 2009-11; Chair, Social Sciences and Population Studies Study Section, National Institutes of Health, 2008-10; Economics Advisory Panel, National Science Foundation, 1996-98; Member, Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, Washington State, 2005-11.
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SANDRA E. BLACK, Professor of Economics and of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
Statement of Purpose: As part of the CSWEP Board and the AEA Standing Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Professional Conduct, I have spent a lot of time over the past few years thinking about the climate in our profession and the role of the AEA in shaping this climate. I believe that a key role of the AEA is to set the tone and lead by example, and while the AEA has made progress on this front, there is much more we can do. We have an opportunity to address the professional climate and the lack of diversity. Additionally, within the AEA, there are concerns about a lack of procedural transparency and representation across the broad group of economists who make up the Association. I welcome the opportunity to serve on the executive committee to help make progress on these and other issues that are important to the members of the Association.
Previous and Present Positions: Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs, Department of Economics and School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, 2019-; Audre and Bernard Rapoport Centennial Chair in Economics and Public Affairs, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Texas at Austin, 2010-19; Member, President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, 2015-17; Professor, Associate Professor with tenure, and Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of California at Los Angeles, 2001-10; Senior Economist and Economist, Domestic Research and Banking Functions in the Research and Market Analysis Group, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 1997-2001.
Degrees: University of California at Berkeley, B.A. in Economics with Honors, 1991; Harvard University, Ph.D. in Economics, 1997.
Publications: “Poor Little Rich Kids? The Role of Nature versus Nurture in Wealth and Other Economic Outcomes and Behaviors,” (with Devereux, Lundborg, and Majlesi), Review of Economic Studies, forthcoming; “Breaking the Glass Ceiling: The Effect of Board Quotas on Female Labor Market Outcomes in Norway,” (with Bertrand, Jensen, and Lleras-Muney), Review of Economic Studies, 2019; “Born to Lead? The Effect of Birth Order on Non-Cognitive Skills,” (with Grönqvist and Öckert), Review of Economics and Statistics, 2018; “Too Young to Leave the Nest? The Effects of School Starting Age,” (with Devereux and Salvanes), Review of Economics and Statistics, 2011; “From the Cradle to the Labor Market? The Effect of Birth Weight on Adult Outcomes,” (with Devereux and Salvanes), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2007; “The More the Merrier? The Effect of Family Size and Birth Order on Children’s Education,” (with Devereux and Salvanes), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2005; “Why the Apple Doesn’t Fall Far: Understanding the Intergenerational Transmission of Education,” (with Devereux and Salvanes), AER, 2005; “The Division of Spoils: Rent Sharing and Discrimination in a Regulated Industry,” (with Strahan), AER, 2001; “How to Compete: The Impact of Workplace Practices and Information Technology on Productivity,” (with Lynch), Review of Economics and Statistics, 2001; “Do Better Schools Matter? Parental Valuation of Elementary Education,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, May 1999.
AEA Offices, Committee Memberships, and Honors: Member, AEA Standing Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Professional Conduct, 2018-; Board Member, CSWEP, 2018-; Board Member, AEACGR, 2017-18; CEMENT Mentor, CSWEP Program, 2012, 2019; Organizer, CSWEP Junior Mentoring Breakfasts at the AEA, 2020, 2021.
Other Affiliations and Honors: Advisory Board, Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute (OIGI) at the Minneapolis Federal Reserve, 2020-; Director, NBER Study Group on Economic Mobility, 2019-; Journal of Labor Economics, Editor, Fall 2017-; Journal of Human Resources, Advisory Board, 2017-, Editor, 2012-15, Co-Editor, 2005-12; CESifo Research Network in Education Economics, Inaugural Member and Research Network Fellow, 2010-; National Bureau of Economic Research, Research Associate/Faculty Research Fellow, Labor Studies, Education, and Children’s Groups, 2002-; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Research Fellow, 2002-; Honorary Doctorate, Norwegian Business School, 2017; Elected Fellow, Society of Labor Economists, May 2016.
PETER BLAIR HENRY, William R. Berkley Professor of Economics and Finance, Dean Emeritus, New York University Stern School of Business
Statement of Purpose: I am honored to stand for election to the Executive Committee and to commit my efforts to supporting the AEA’s mission, both to benefit its present membership and to build an increasingly equitable Association for the emerging generation of AEA leaders. Ours is a rigorous profession of theory and evidence, but we exist alongside the subjective realities of our turbulent times. During my years as a research-active dean, professor, and principal investigator of the Ph.D. Excellence Initiative, a fellowship program for minority scholars seeking admission to economics doctoral programs, I’ve repeatedly learned: feelings are also facts, and often determine outcomes. The AEA’s Climate Survey and establishment of the Ombudsperson role and standing LGBTQ+ committee are significant steps toward necessary listening and action. If elected, I will work with my colleagues to build on these and other advances, and use my leadership experience to drive further progress toward greater excellence, opportunity, and inclusion.
Previous and Present Positions: William R. Berkley Professor of Economics and Finance, 2010-, Dean Emeritus. 2018 -, Richard R. West Dean, 2010-17, NYU Stern School of Business; Konosuke Matsushita Professor of International Economics, 2008-10, Professor of Economics, 2007-08, Associate Professor of Economics with Tenure, 2005-07, Associate and Assistant Professor of Economics, 1997-2005, Stanford University Graduate School of Business; Member, Economic Advisory Panel, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 2016-; Vice-Chair, Board of Trustees, Economic Club of New York, 2016-; Member, Board of Directors, NBER, 2010-; Commissioner, President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, 2009-17; President, National Economic Association, 2009-10.
Degrees: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D., Economics, 1997; Oxford University, B.A., Mathematics, 1993; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A. with Distinction and Highest Honors, Economics, 1991.
Publications: Turnaround: Third World Lessons for First World Growth (Basic Books, 2013); “Two Tales of Adjustment: East Asian Lessons for European Growth,” (with Chari), IMF Economic Review, 2015; “Learning from the Doers: Developing Country Lessons for Advanced Economy Growth,” (with Chari), AER, 2014; “Capital Market Integration and Wages,” (with Chari, Sasson), AEJ: Macroeconomics, 2012; “Institutions vs. Policies: A Tale of Two Islands” (with Miller), AER, 2009; “Capital Account Liberalization: Theory, Evidence and Speculation,” JEL, 2007; “Is Debt Relief Efficient?” (with Arslanalp), Journal of Finance, 2005; “Capital Account Liberalization, the Cost of Capital, and Economic Growth,” AER, 2003; “Is Disinflation Good for the Stock Market?” Journal of Finance, 2002; “Stock Market Liberalization, Economic Reform, and Emerging Market Equity Prices,” Journal of Finance, 2000.
AEA Offices, Committee Memberships, and Honors: Advisory Board Member, JEP, 2020-; Member, CSMGEP, 2001-06; Member, Program Committee, 2003.
Other Affiliations and Honors: National Merit Scholar, 1987-91; Phi Beta Kappa, 1990; Rhodes Scholar, 1991-93; National Economic Association Dissertation Prize, 1999; National Fellow, Hoover Institution, 2000-01; NSF Early CAREER Development Award, 2001-06; Stanford University Black Community Services Center Mentor Award, 2004; Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2007-10; Foreign Policy Association Medal, 2015; Carnegie Foundation Great Immigrant Award, 2016.
EMI NAKAMURA, Chancellor’s Professor of Economics, University of California at Berkeley
Statement of Purpose: I am honored to be nominated for this position and will do my best to fulfill its duties if I am elected. I believe that professional associations such as the AEA play a key role in moving forward research in economics, and other fields, and would welcome the opportunity to give back to this organization by serving on the Executive Committee. I have greatly valued my opportunity to serve on the AEAStat Committee, on which I have had the opportunity to contribute to the development of national statistics, which I believe play a key role in economic discourse and debate. I would look forward to engaging with the AEA on a broader range of issues related to the advancement of science, and the development of a vibrant, open and supportive community of economists.
Previous and Present Positions: Chancellor’s Professor of Economics, 2018-, University of California at Berkeley; Professor 2017-18, Associate Professor 2011-17, Assistant Professor 2008-11, Columbia Business School and Department of Economics.
Degrees: Princeton University, A.B., Economics, 2001; Harvard University, A.M., Economics, 2004; Ph.D., Economics, 2007.
Publications: “Housing Wealth Effects: The Long View” (with Guren, McKay and Steinsson), Review of Economic Studies, Forthcoming; “The Elusive Costs of Inflation: Price Dispersion during the U.S. Great Inflation,” (with Steinsson, Sun and Villar), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2018; “High Frequency Identification of Monetary Non-Neutrality,” (with Steinsson), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2018; “Identification in Macroeconomics,” (with Steinsson), JEP, 2018; “The Power of Forward Guidance Revisited,” (with McKay and Steinsson), AER, 2016. “Fiscal Stimulus in a Monetary Union: Evidence from US Regions,” (with Steinsson), AER, 2014; “Crises and Recoveries in an Empirical Model of Consumption Disasters,” (with Steinsson, Barro and Ursua), AEJ: Macroeconomics, 2013; “Monetary Non-Neutrality in a Multi-Sector Menu Cost Model,” (with Steinsson), Quarterly Journal of Economics , 2010; “Accounting for Incomplete Pass-Through,” (with Zerom), Review of Economic Studies, 2010; “Five Facts about Prices: A Reevaluation of Menu Cost Models,” (with Steinsson), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2008.
AEA Offices, Committee Memberships, and Honors: John Bates Clark Medal, 2019; AEAStat, 2015-.
Other Affiliations and Honors: Federal Economic Statistics Advisory Committee, 2020-; American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2019-; Co-Director of NBER Monetary Economics program, 2018-; CBO’s Panel of Economic Advisers, 2016-; Sloan Research Fellowship 2014-16; Elaine Bennett Research Prize, 2014; NSF Career Award, 2011-16; Bureau of Labor Statistics Technical Advisory Committee, 2012-18.
ROHINI PANDE, Henry J. Heinz II Professor of Economics, Yale University
Statement of Purpose: As a researcher, I use an economic lens to investigate how the structures of, and procedures within, institutions can affect outcomes for women, for minorities and for those from lower income groups - and I propose and evaluate improvements to these institutions that will allow them to operate more fairly for all. Within the economics profession, my work on AEA best practices taskforce and as an editor have convinced me of the importance of good institutional practices and transparency in ensuring fair outcomes. If elected, I will work with the AEA to ensure that as economists, we're as critical of the structures of the institutions of our own profession as we are of those outside it, and that we do everything we can to ensure that equal opportunities are afforded to everyone, whatever their gender, race, or background.
Previous and Present Positions: Henry J. Heinz II Professor of Economics, Yale University, 2019-, Director, Economic Growth Center Yale, 2019 -; Rafik Hariri Professor of International Political Economy, Harvard Kennedy School, 2018-19; Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, 2006-18; Assistant and Associate Professor of Economics, Yale University, 2003-06; Assistant Professor of Economics, Columbia University, 1999-2003.
Degrees: Delhi University, B.A., Economics, 1992; Oxford University, B.A./M.A., Philosophy Politics and Economics, 1994; London School of Economics, M.Sc., Economics, 1995; London School of Economics, Ph.D., Economics, 1999.
Publications: "Household Matters: Revisiting the Returns to Capital among Female Microentrepreneurs," (with Bernhardt, Field, and Rigol), AER: Insights, 2019; “Ending Global Poverty: Why Money Isn’t Enough”, (with Page), JEP, 2018; "The Value of Regulatory Discretion: Estimates from Environmental Inspections in India," (with Duflo, Greenstone, and Ryan), Econometrica, 2018; "Why Are Indian Children So Short? The Role of Birth Order and Son Preference," (with Jayachandran), AER, 2017; "Friendship at Work: Can Peer Effects Catalyze Female Entrepreneurship?" (with Field, Jayachandran, and Rigol), AEJ: Economic Policy, 2016; "Truth Telling by Third Party Auditors and the Response of Polluting Firms: Experimental Evidence from India," (with Duflo, Greenstone, and Ryan), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2013; "Does the Classic Microfinance Model Discourage Entrepreneurship Among the Poor? Experimental Evidence from India," (with Field, Papp, and Rigol), AER, 2013; "Female Leadership Raises Aspirations and Educational Attainment for Girls: A Policy Experiment in India," (with Beaman, Duflo, and Topalova), Science, 2012; "Can Rural Banks Reduce Poverty? Evidence from the Indian Social Banking Experiment," (with Burgess), AER, 2005; "Can Mandated Political Representation Provide Disadvantaged Minorities Policy Influence? Theory and Evidence from India," AER, 2003.
AEA Offices, Committee Memberships, and Honors: Board Member at Large, CSWEP, 2008-11; Associate Editor, JEP, 2009-12; Board of Editors, AER, 2008-13; Carolyn Shaw Bell Award for furthering the status of women in the economics profession, 2018, CSWEP; Member of AEA Best Practices Task Force, 2019-; Co-editor, AER: Insights, 2019.
Other Affiliations and Honors: Director, Economic Growth Center Yale, 2019; Co-founder and Co-Director, Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD), Harvard Kennedy School, 2012-19; Board of Directors and Co-Chair, Governance Initiative and Political Economy Group, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL) 2010-; Board Member, Bureau for Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), 2008-; Research Associate, Development Economics and Political Economy Program, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2008-; Raymond Vernon Award for mentoring junior faculty, Harvard Kennedy School, 2012; Lunch on the Dean, Harvard Kennedy School Teaching Award, 2008 and 2009; Co-editor, Review of Economics and Statistics, 2016-19; NSF Economics Panel, 2008-10.