2023 Elected AEA Officers

The American Economic Association is pleased to announce the results from the 2022 Election of Officers for 2023:
Janet Currie (president-elect), Hilary Hoynes and Linda Tesar (vice-presidents), Kevin Lang and Lisa Lynch (members)


JANET CURRIE, Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Director, Center for Health and Well Being, Princeton University

Statement of Purpose: As the leading organization representing U.S. economists, the AEA’s actions influence our professional lives in myriad ways.  Over the course of my 20 years of involvement with the AEA, I have seen slow but significant progress along a number of dimensions including: the creation and expansion of junior mentoring programs aimed at addressing pipeline issues in economics; the adoption and refinement of codes of professional conduct; the creation of the office of ombudsperson; the creation of the Data Editor to enhance research replicability; and the expansion of AEA journal capacity in order to accommodate the growing volume of excellent research.  As President, it would be my honor and duty to work with the executive committee to continue to push for significant change, especially in terms of fostering diversity and inclusion, promoting norms of respectful interaction, and improving old and new platforms for the dissemination of economic research.

Previous and Present Positions: Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University, 2011–; Director, Center for Health and Well Being, Princeton University, 2011–; Director, National Bureau of Economic Research's Program on Children, 2009–14, Co-Director 2015–; Visiting Professor, Hass School of Business UC Berkeley, 2022; Visiting Professor, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), FAIR Center, 2019–; Visiting Professor, Columbia University, 2018–19; Chair, Department of Economics, Princeton University, 2014–18; Sami Mnaymneh Professor of Economics, Columbia University, 2009–11; Economics Department Chair, Columbia University, 2006–09; Professor, Columbia University, 2006–11; Charles E. Davidson Professor of Economics, UCLA, 2005–06; Visiting Professor, Center for Health and Well-Being, Princeton University, 2003–04, 2009–10; Professor, University of California at Los Angeles, 1996–2005; Associate Professor, University of California at Los Angeles, 1993; Assistant Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991; Assistant Professor, University of California at Los Angeles, 1988.

Degrees: Ph.D. Economics, Princeton University, 1988; Honorary Doctorate, University of Zurich, 2017; Docteur Honoris Causa de l’Université Jean Moulin Lyon III, 2016; M.A. Economics, University of Toronto, 1983; B.A. Economics, Lorne T. Morgan Gold Medal in Economics, University of Toronto, 1982.

Publications: “What Caused Racial Disparities in Particulate Exposure to Fall? New Evidence from the Clean Air Act and Satellite-Based Measures of Air Quality,” (with Walker and Voorheis), AER, forthcoming; "Understanding Doctor Decision Making: The Case of Depression Treatment," (with MacLeod) Econometrica, 2020; “Environmental Health Risks and Housing Values: Evidence from 1600 Toxic Plant Openings and Closings,” (with Davis, Greenstone and Walker), AER, 2015; “Inequality at Birth: Some Causes and Consequences,” AER, 2011; “Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise? Socioeconomic Status, Poor Health in Childhood, and Human Capital Development,” JEL, 2009; “Air Pollution and Infant Health: What Can We Learn From California’s Recent Experience?” (with Neidell), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2005; “Mother’s Education and the Intergenerational Transmission of Human Capital: Evidence from College Openings,” (with Moretti), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2003; "Health Insurance Eligibility, Utilization of Medical Care, and Child Health," (with Gruber), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 1996; "Does Head Start Make a Difference?" (with Thomas), AER, 1995; "Welfare and Child Health: The Link Between AFDC Participation and Birth Weight," (with Cole), AER, 1993.

AEA Offices, Committee Memberships, and Honors: Vice President, 2010; Editor, JEL, 2010–13; Ely Lecturer, 2011; Carolyn Shaw Bell Award, 2016; Co-developer of CeMENT, 2002, mentor 2020; Chair, Honors and Awards Committee, 2011–13; Nominating Committee, 2007–08, 2019; Executive Committee and Budget Committee, 2004–06; Editor Search Committees: AER 2021, AEJ: Applied 2019, JEL 2003 (Chair); Editorial Board, AEJ: Applied Economics, 2018–24.

Other Affiliations and Honors: National Academy of Sciences, elected Member, 2019; NOMIS Foundation Distinguished Scientist Award, 2018; President, American Society of Health Economics, 2019–20; Princeton University Graduate Mentor Award, 2015; President of the Society of Labor Economists, 2014–15, elected Fellow 2006; President, Eastern Economic Association, 2015; Elected Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2014; Eleanor Roosevelt Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 2014; Elected Fellow of the Econometric Society, 2013; Elected Member, National Academy of Medicine, 2013.

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HILARY W. HOYNES, Haas Distinguished Chair of Economic Disparities, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Department of Economics and Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley.

Statement of Purpose: I am honored to stand as a candidate for Vice President. I come prepared and energized to contribute to the mission of our Association. I am committed to creating an inclusive space—in my teaching, advising, in my university, or in our profession. Economics is an amazing discipline; we engage with an incredible range of topics and contribute to national/international debates. But we can do better. The more different folks we bring into the discipline, the better and more relevant our research. And as the profession looks more like our communities, we will be better educators. I am also interested in communicating the incredible variety of achievements of our membership. Economics is so much more than people think it is. We need to do a better job of telling our stories. I welcome the opportunity to make progress on these issues and many others as a Vice President of the AEA.

Previous and Present Positions: Haas Distinguished Chair of Economic Disparities, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, UC Berkeley 2013–; Professor of Economics, UC Davis 2004–13; Associate Professor of Economics, UC Davis 2000–04; Assistant Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley, 1992–2000.

Degrees: BA (Economics/Math) Colby College, 1983; Ph.D. (Economics), Stanford University, 1992.

Publications: “The Social Safety Net in the Wake of COVID-19,” (with Bitler and Schanzenbach), Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 2020; “Universal Basic Income in the United States and Advanced Countries,” (with Rothstein), Annual Review of Economics, 2019; “Effective Policy for Reducing Inequality? The Earned Income Tax Credit and the Distribution of Income,” (with Patel), Journal of Human Resources, 2018; “Can Subgroup-Specific Mean Treatment Effects Explain Heterogeneity in Welfare Reform?” (with Bitler and Gelbach), The Review of Economics and Statistics, 2017; “Do In-Work Tax Credits Serve as a Safety Net?” (with Bitler and Kuka), Journal of Human Resources, 2017; “Long-Run Impacts of Childhood Access to the Safety Net,” (with Schanzenbach and Almond), AER, 2016; “The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same? The Safety Net and Poverty in the Great Recession,” (with Bitler), Journal of Labor Economics, 2016; “Income, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and Infant Health,” (with Miller and Simon), AEJ: Economic Policy, 2015;  “Inside the War on Poverty: The Impact of the Food Stamp Program on Birth Outcomes,” (with Almond and Schanzenbach), Review of Economics and Statistics, 2011; “Consumption Reponses to In-Kind Transfers: Evidence from the Introduction of the Food Stamp Program,” (with Schanzenbach), AEJ: Applied Economics, 2009; “What Mean Impacts Miss: Distributional Effects of Welfare Reform Experiments,” (with Bitler and Gelbach), AER, 2006; “Taxes and the Labor Market Participation of Married Couples: The Earned Income Tax Credit,” (with Eissa) Journal of Public Economics, 2004; “Local Labor Markets and Welfare Spells:  Do Demand Conditions Matter?” Review of Economics and Statistics, 2000; “Does Welfare Play Any Role in Female Headship Decisions?” Journal of Public Economics, 1997; “Welfare Transfers in Two-Parent Families: Labor Supply and Welfare Participation Under the AFDC-UP Program,” Econometrica, 1996.

AEA Offices, Committee Membership and Honors: Nominating Committee 2020; Executive Committee 2016–19; AEJ: Economic Policy Best Paper Award 2018; Search committee for Data Editor for AEA Journals 2017; Search Committee for Washington DC Representative for AEA 2016–17; Co-Editor AER, 2011–16; Carolyn Shaw Bell Award 2015; Search Committee Chair for Editor of the JEP 2013–14; Co-Editor AEJ: Economic Policy, 2007–10.

Other Affiliations and Honors: National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Committee on National Statistics, September 2019–; Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, State of California, 2019–; Fellows Lecture, Society of Labor Economics, 2019; National Academy of Social Insurance, 2019; American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2018; Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists, 2018; Downing Lecture, University of Melbourne, 2017; Frisch–Tinbergen Lecture, St. Gallen, 2017; Royal Economic Society, Economic Journal Keynote, 2017; Rodolfo Debenedetti Lecture, Bocconi University, 2014.

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LINDA L. TESAR, LSA Collegiate Professor of Economics, University of Michigan

Statement of Purpose: I am honored to be nominated for this leadership position. The AEA has taken significant steps to improve the climate and inclusivity of our profession, but there is much work left to do. My varied experiences as a research economist, journal editor, graduate advisor, undergraduate teacher, and my service as department chair, NBER program director, CEA economist and university administrator have given me a broad perspective. Economics offers powerful tools for making the world a better and more just place, yet we turn away talented, creative and diverse voices. Career progression to the profession's highest ranks is especially challenging for those who do not fit the usual mold. As Vice President of the AEA, I look forward to building on current programs and developing new initiatives to expand the excellence and diversity of our profession.

Previous and Present Positions: LSA Collegiate Professor of Economics and Senior Faculty Advisor on Strategic Budgetary Affairs, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, University of Michigan ,1997–; Chair, Department of Economics, University of Michigan, 2007–11; Senior Economist, Council of Economic Advisers, Executive Office of the President, 2014–15; Assistant Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1990–97.

Degrees: Ph.D. Economics, University of Rochester, 1990; B.S. Economics and B.A. International Relations, University of Minnesota, 1984, summa cum laude

Publications: "Tastes and Technology in a Two-Country Model of the Business Cycle: Explaining International Co-Movements," (with Stockman), AER, 1995; "Home Bias and High Turnover," (with Werner), Journal of International Money and Finance, 1995; "International Ramifications of Tax Reforms," (with Mendoza), AER, 1998; “Exchange Rate Exposure,” (with Dominguez), Journal of International Economics, 2005; “International Trade, Production Sharing and the Transmission of Business Cycles,” (with Burstein and Kurz), Journal of Monetary Economics, 2008; “Border Effect or Country Effect? Seattle is 110 Miles from Vancouver After All,” with Gorodnichenko, AEJ: Macroeconomics, 2009; “The Returns to Developed-Market Acquirers in Emerging Markets,” (with Chari and Parker-Shelby), Review of Financial Studies, 2010; “The Great Depression in Finland: From Russia with Love,” (with Gorodnichenko and Mendoza), AER, 2012; “Fire-sale FDI or Business as Usual?” (with Alquist and Mukherjee), Journal of International Economics, 2016; “Austerity in the Aftermath of the Great Recession,” (with House and Proebsting), Journal of Monetary Economics, 2020.

AEA Offices, Committee Memberships, and Honors: ASSA 2023 Program Committee; CSWEP mentoring committees (multiple years)

Other Affiliations and Honors: NBER International Finance and Macroeconomics Program, Co-Director 2021–; Advisory Board 2017–21; Co-Editor and Associate editor, Journal of International Economics, various years; Senior Fellow, Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research, Singapore, 2019–; Research Fellow, Center for Economic Policy Research, 2019–; Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Academic Advisory Council, 2018–; Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Academic Advisory Council, 2021–; Bellagio Group, Member 2021–; Editor, IMF Economic Review 2017–21.

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Executive Committee Members

KEVIN LANG, Laurence A. Bloom Professor of Economics, Boston University

Statement of purpose: I am proud of the contributions economics makes to policy and our understanding of society, but we should also use our powerful analytical tools to reflect on ourselves. Partly from the experiences of my economist wife and daughters (one professor, one graduate student, and one outside academia) and students, I am aware of the challenges many members of our profession face, especially those in underrepresented groups and outside a few elite institutions. As a (former) CSWEP Board Member and still active member, I have worked to make our profession more inclusive. As an AEA Executive Board member, I will continue these efforts and ensure that we are accountable for shortcomings. I will also work to improve the job-market experience for new PhD economists. As economists, we have the tools to foster a market designed to optimize outcomes for everyone, particularly for those who feel least secure in it.

Previous and Present Positions: Laurence A. Bloom Professor of Economics 2021–, previously Associate/Full Professor/Dept. Chair, Boston University 1987–; Assistant Professor, University of California, Irvine 1982–87; visiting Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2000–01.

Degrees: Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1982; M.Sc. l’Université de Montréal, 1978; B.A. Oxford University, 1976.

Publications: “The Promise and Pitfalls of Differences-in-Differences: Reflections on `16 and Pregnant' and Other Applications,” (with Kahn-Lang), Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, 2020; “Race Discrimination: An Economic Perspective,” (with Spitzer), JEP, 2020; “Ben-Porath meets Lazear: Microfoundations for Dynamic Skill Formation,” (with Cavounidis), Journal of Political Economy, 2020; “The Sad Truth about Happiness Scales,” (with Bond), Journal of Political Economy, 2019;“The Consequences of Teenage Childbearing Before Roe v Wade,” (with Weinstein), AEJ: Applied Economics, 2015; "The Consequences of Teenage Childbearing: Consistent Estimates when Abortion Makes Miscarriage Non-Random," (with Ashcroft and Fernandez-Val), Economic Journal, 2013; “Education and Labor Market Discrimination,” (with Manove), AER, 2011; “Inference with Differences-in-Differences and Other Panel Data,” (with Donald), Review of Economics and Statistics, 2007; “Does School Integration Generate Peer Effects? Evidence from Boston’s Metco Program,” (with Angrist), AER, 2004; “A Test of Dual Labor Market Theory,” (with Dickens), AER, 1985.

AEA Offices, Committee Memberships, and Honors: Board member, CSWEP, 2012–15; Program Committee, CSWEP, various years; CSWEP mentor, various years.

Other Affiliations and Honors: Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Labor Economics, 2019–; Editor, Journal of Labor Economics, 2016–19; Vice President/President-Elect/President, Society of Labor Economists, 2019–22; Research Strategy Board, Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity, University of Manchester, 2014–17; Co-Editor, Labour Economics, 2004–12; Research Associate, NBER, 2001–; Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), 2009–; Member, Board on Testing and Assessment, National Academy of Sciences, 2009–12; Member, National Research Council panel on Incentives and Test-Based Accountability in Public Education, 2007–11; Elected school board member/Vice Chair/Chair, Brookline, MA, 1996–2009.

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LISA M. LYNCH, Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University

Statement of Purpose: As an academic with public policy and senior administrative university experience, I know the many ways the AEA can support and enhance scholarship, teaching, and policy making. Recent shocks to the global economy mean that attracting scholars with a willingness to pursue new avenues of scholarship has never been more critical. As a provost I saw firsthand how innovative thinking, scholarship, and teaching is more likely to come from a community whose members have diverse cultures, backgrounds, and life experiences.  As a policy advisor I know the “practice of economics” is not just found in academic departments. If elected, I will work with my colleagues on the executive committee to engage the membership across our Association to better understand how to support an economics profession that attracts a more diverse community of professors, practitioners, and students, and to find new ways to make our scholarship more accessible to all. 

Previous and Present Positions: Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy (2008–) and Director of the Institute for Economic and Racial Equity, 2022– at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University; Provost, Brandeis University, 2014–15 and 2016–20; Interim President, Brandeis University, 2015–2016; Dean, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, 2008–14; William L. Clayton Professor of International Economic Affairs, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 1993–2008 (rank of Associate Professor 1993–97); Academic Dean, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 2001–04; Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Labor, 1995–97; I.R.I. Career Development Chair Associate Professor of Industrial Relations, MIT Sloan School of Management, 1989–93; Assistant Professor, MIT Sloan School, 1985–89; Assistant Professor, Faculty of Management and Human Resources, The Ohio State University, 1983–85; Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Bristol, England, 1982–83.

Degrees: Ph.D., London School of Economics, 1983; M.Sc. in Economics, London School of Economics, 1979; B.A., Wellesley College, 1978.

Publications: Modernizing the Consumer Price Index for the 21st Century, A Consensus Study Report, (with Sichel (chair), Aizcorbe, De Haan, Diewert, Molloy, Moulton, Reinsdorf, Rosner-Warburton, and Sheiner), The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2022; “The Evolving Nature of High Performance Workplace Practices in the United States,” Advances in the Economic Analysis of Participatory and Labor-Managed Firms, 2012; Understanding Business Dynamics:  An Integrated Data System for America’s Future, (co-edited with Haltiwanger and Mackie), National Academy Press, 2007; "Re-employment Probabilities Over the Business Cycle," (with Imbens), Portuguese Economic Journal, 2006; “What’s Driving the New Economy? The Benefits of Workplace Innovation,” (with Black), The Economic Journal, 2004; “How to Compete: The Impact of Workplace Practices and Information Technology on Productivity," (with Black), Review of Economics and Statistics, 2001; "Human Capital Investments and Productivity," (with Black), AER P&P, 1996; Training and the Private Sector:  International Comparisons, University of Chicago Press, 1994; "Private Sector Training and its Impact on the Earnings of Young Workers," AER, 1992; "The Role of Off-the-Job versus On-the-Job Training for the Job Mobility of Women Workers," AER P&P, 1991.

AEA Offices, Committee Memberships, and Honors: Chair, CSWEP 2006–08, Member, 1998–2001; Senior faculty participant at CSWEP networking events and annual/regional mentoring meetings for junior faculty and mid-career economists, various years.

Other Affiliations and Honors: Lifetime Achievement Award, Labor and Employment Relations Association, 2022; Member, New York Federal Reserve Bank, Economic Advisory Panel 2018–; Honorary Degree, Humane Letters, Brandeis University, 2017; President, Labor and Employment Relations Association, 2013–14; Member, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on National Statistics, 2009–15; Member, Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 2008–15; Chair, Board of Directors 2007–09 and Director (Class C), Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 2004–09; Co-Editor, Journal of Labor Economics, 1993–2002; Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, 1993–; M.I.T. Graduate Student Council Teaching Award and Top Ten M.I.T. Professors for Undergraduate Teaching, 1988.

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