2022 Elected AEA Officers
The American Economic Association is pleased to announce the results from the 2021 Election of Officers for 2022:
Susan C. Athey (president-elect), David H. Autor and Caroline M. Hoxby (vice-presidents), Amanda Bayer and Melvin Stephens, Jr. (members)
SUSAN C. ATHEY, The Economics of Technology Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Statement of Purpose: The AEA plays a crucial role in supporting the economic profession’s contributions to research and teaching. It creates community, scholarly interactions, and mentoring opportunities, and it provides education, information and institutions for the profession to accomplish its goals. As President, I would focus on the aspects of the Association most affected by recent changes in the environment in which we operate. Recent surveys of the membership have highlighted areas with potential for improvement, particularly around the professional climate as well as a variety of forms of inclusion. At the same time, communication and dissemination of research have been affected by digitization, and the last two years have seen substantial innovation in creating interactions at a distance. The AEA can consider innovation in the areas of opportunities for interaction, dissemination of research, mentoring, education, inclusivity, and the development of the pipeline of talent for the profession.
Previous and Present Positions: The Economics of Technology Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2014–; Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2013–14; Professor of Economics, Harvard University 2006–12; Holbrook Working Professor of Economics, Stanford University, 2004–06; Associate Professor of Economics, Stanford University, 2001–04; Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 2004–05; National Fellow, Hoover Institution, 2000–01; Visiting Assistant Professor, Yale University, 1997–98; Castle Krob Career Development Associate Professor, 1999–2001; Castle Krob Career Development Assistant Professor, 1997–99, Department of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Assistant Professor, 1995–97, Department of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Degrees: B.A., Duke University, 1991; Ph.D., Stanford Graduate School of Business, 1995.
Publications: “Mentoring and Diversity,” (with Avery and Zemsky), AER, 2000; “Information and Competition in U.S. Forest Service Timber Auctions,” (with Levin), Journal of Political Economy, 2001; “Single Crossing Properties and the Existence of Pure Strategy Equilibria in Games of Incomplete Information,” Econometrica, 2001; “Monotone Comparative Statics Under Uncertainty,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2002; “Identification in Standard Auction Models,” (with Haile), Econometrica, 2002; “Collusion and Price Rigidity,” (with Bagwell and Sanchirico), Review of Economic Studies, 2004; “Identification and Inference in Nonlinear Difference-In-Difference Models,” (with Imbens), Econometrica, 2006; “Comparing Open and Sealed Bid Auctions: Evidence from Timber Auctions” (with Levin and Seira), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2011; “Position Auctions with Consumer Search” (with Ellison), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2011; “Estimation and Inference of Heterogeneous Treatment Effects Using Random Forests” (with Wager), Journal of the American Statistical Association, 2018.
AEA Offices, Committee Memberships, & Honors: Vice-President, 2018; Honors and Awards Committee, 2013–16; Executive Committee, 2008–10; Co-editor, AEJ: Microeconomics, 2007–08; John Bates Clark Medal, 2007; Mentor, AEA/CSWEP CeMent Mentoring Workshop, 2006; Member, Board of Editors, AER, 2002–05; Elaine Bennett Research Prize Committee, 2002, 2004, 2006 (chair); Elaine Bennett Research Prize, 2000; Nominating Committee, 2003.
Other Affiliations and Honors: Founding Director, Golub Capital Social Impact Lab, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2019–; Member, California Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, 2020–; CME Group-Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Prize in Innovative Quantitative Applications, 2020; Adam Smith Award, National Association of Business Economists, 2020; Member, National Academy of Science, 2012–; Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2008–; Fellow, Econometric Society, 2004–; Council, Econometric Society, 2007–10; Member, Federal Economics and Statistics Advisory Committee, 2016–18; Sloan Foundation Research Fellow, 2000.
DAVID H. AUTOR, Ford Professor of Economics, Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow, Associate Department Head, MIT Department of Economics and NBER
Statement of Purpose: I am honored to be nominated for this leadership position. Having served on the AEA Executive Committee and as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Economic Perspectives, I know the organization well and am confident that I can be effective immediately. Never having been burdened by genius personally, I recognize that the latent supply of diverse talent to economics is abundant but that the opportunities for discovering and cultivating that talent are highly and inefficiently constrained. Given the opportunity, I will advocate strongly for the AEA to grow our discipline by cultivating young economists through non-traditional channels—outside of top colleges and feeder post-docs—as Banerjee, Duflo, and Olken have done through the blended online and residential MIT master’s degree in Data, Economics, and Development Policy. Changing who does economics will change what economics does. I welcome that change.
Previous and Present Positions: Ford Professor of Economics, 2016–present; Associate Department Head, MIT Department of Economics, 2010–13, 2014–18, 2020–; Co-Director, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future, 2018–; Co-Director, NBER Labor Studies Program, 2017–; Director, NBER Disability Research Center (funded by the Social Security Administration), 2016–18; Faculty Research Associate, NBER (Aging program), 2014; Visiting Professor of Economics, Harvard University, Department of Economics, 2013–14; Research Affiliate, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, 2013; Associate Director, NBER Disability Research Center (funded by the Social Security Administration), 2012–16; Co-Director, MIT School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative (SEII), 2011; Professor, MIT Department of Economics, 2008; Visiting Associate Professor, University of Chicago, Department of Economics, 2007; Ford Foundation Visiting Associate Professor of Economics, University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business, 2006; Faculty Research Associate, NBER Labor Studies, 2006; Associate Professor with tenure, MIT Department of Economics, 2005; Pentti J.K. Kouri Career Development Associate Professor of Economics, MIT Department of Economics, 2003; Visiting Assistant Professor, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, 2002; Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Economics, Center for Labor Economics, 2002; Visiting Scholar, Department of Economics, Princeton University, 2001; Assistant Professor, MIT Department of Economics, 1999.
Degrees: B.A., Psychology (Summa cum Laude. Phi Beta Kappa), Tufts University, Medford, MA, 1989; M.A., Public Policy, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, June 1994; Ph.D., Public Policy, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, June 1999.
Publications: “The fall of the labor share and the rise of superstar firms,” (with Dorn, Katz, Patterson, and Van Reenen), The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2020; “The China shock: Learning from labor-market adjustment to large changes in trade,” (with Dorn and Hanson), Annual Review of Economics, 2016; “Why are there still so many jobs? The history and future of workplace automation,” JEP, 2015; “The China syndrome: Local labor market effects of import competition in the United States,” (with Dorn and Hanson), AER, 2013; “The growth of low-skill service jobs and the polarization of the US labor market,” (with Dorn), AER, 2013; “Skills, tasks and technologies: Implications for employment and earnings,” (with Acemoglu), Handbook of Labor Economics 4, Elsevier, pp. 1043-1171, 2011; “The skill content of recent technological change: An empirical exploration,” (with Levy, Murnane), The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2003; “The rise in the disability rolls and the decline in unemployment,” (with Duggan), The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2003; “Outsourcing at will: The contribution of unjust dismissal doctrine to the growth of employment outsourcing,” Journal of Labor Economics, 2003; “Computing Inequality: Have Computers Changed the Labor Market?” (with Katz and Krueger), The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 1998.
AEA Offices, Committee Memberships, and Honors: JEP Editor in Chief, 2020; Richard T. Ely Lecture, 2019; Chair, Committee on Editorial Appointments, 2017–18; Chair, Search Committee for AER Editor in Chief, 2015; Executive Committee, 2015–18; JEP Editor in Chief, 2009–14; Standing Committee on Operations and Publications (SCOOP), 2010–12.
Other Affiliations and Honors: John Heinz Award, 25th Anniversary Special Recognition, “For transforming understanding of how globalization and technological change are impacting jobs and earning prospects for American workers,” 2020; Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, 2019; Recognized as “That Twerpy MIT Economist” by John Oliver on Last Week Tonight, 2019; Co-Director, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future, 2018-20; MIT Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellowship for excellence in undergraduate teaching, 2018; Fellow, The Econometric Society, 2015; Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2012; Sherwin Rosen Prize for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Labor Economics, awarded by the Society of Labor Economists, 2008; Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, 2003; NSF CAREER Award, 2003.
CAROLINE M. HOXBY, Scott and Donya Bommer Professor in Economics, Stanford University
Statement of Purpose: Of all of the activities I have done, my favorite has been leading the NBER's Economics of Education program. First, I greatly enjoy mentoring young economists, helping them make intellectual connections, and ensuring a community that works together. Second, economics is an incredibly powerful tool for the study of education and related issues in public and labor economics. It is rewarding to see its expanding use on matters so fundamental to people's welfare. Third, I have tried to make the Program welcoming and collegial, including to many people who are not members of the NBER. I have built a uniquely diverse program in terms of race, ethnicity, and gender. I believe that our profession will be strengthened if it feels like a welcoming and supportive environment for people of all backgrounds. I would welcome opportunities to enhance the AEA's mentorship programs, recognition programs, publications, and policies.
Previous and Present Positions: Scott and Donya Bommer Professor in Economics, Stanford University, 2007–; Allie S. Fried Professor of Economics, Harvard University, 2001–07; Harvard College Professor, Harvard University, 2005–07; Morris Kahn Associate Professor of Economics, Harvard University, 1997–2000; Assistant Professor of Economics, Harvard University, 1994–97.
Degrees: Ph.D., Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, May 1994; M.Phil., Economics, University of Oxford UK, June 1990; A.B. summa cum laude, Economics, Harvard University, June 1988.
Publications: “Advanced Cognitive Skill Deserts in the US: Their Likely Causes and Implications,” Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, forthcoming; “The Missing ‘One-Offs’: The Hidden Supply of High-Achieving, Low-Income Students” (with Avery), Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 2014; “A Revealed Preference Ranking of American Colleges and Universities” (with Avery, Glickman, and Metrick), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2013; “Political Jurisdictions in Heterogeneous Communities” (with Alesina and Baqir), Journal of Political Economy, 2004; “Would School Choice Change the Teaching Profession?”, Journal of Human Resources, 2002; “All School Finance Equalizations Are Not Created Equal,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2001; “Does Competition Among Public Schools Benefit Students and Taxpayers?” AER, 2000; “The Effects of Class Size on Student Achievement: New Evidence from Population Variation,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2000; “The Productivity of Schools and Other Local Public Goods Producers,” Journal of Public Economics, 1999; “How Teachers' Unions Affect Education Production,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 1996.
AEA Offices, Committee Memberships, and Honors: Honors and Awards Committee, 2009–12; Program Committee, 2009.
Other Affiliations and Honors: Director of the NBER Economics of Education Program, 2001–; Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2020–; Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, 2020–; Tanner Lecturer on Human Values, University of California at Berkeley, 2020 (rescheduled owing to COVID-19); Alfred Marshall Lecturer, University of Cambridge, 2018; Fellow of The Society of Labor Economists, 2016–; John and Lydia Pearce Mitchell University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, 2014–; The Smithsonian Institution Ingenuity Award, 2013; Clarendon Lecturer in Economics, University of Oxford, 2010; Thomas B. Fordham Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in Education, 2006.
Executive Committee Members
AMANDA BAYER, Franklin and Betty Barr Professor of Economics, Swarthmore College
Statement of Purpose: Our discipline is fascinating, powerful, effective. But we can do better. The quality and scope of economic knowledge and policymaking are constrained by conditions in the profession, specifically by inattention to who we are and how we function. In my research and professional activity, I work to produce evidence, awareness, and structural changes to help our field embrace new ideas, new people, and new ways of interacting. I have been heavily involved in establishing new AEA committees, practices, and resources. As a member of the Executive Committee, I would help the AEA continue to invest in economics by using its policies, budget, journals, and influence to break down elitism, inequities, and harassment and to build up collaboration, innovation, and education. I aim to use my unique experience and expertise to create opportunities for others and to construct a better profession, discipline, and economy.
Previous and Present Positions: Franklin and Betty Barr Professor of Economics, Swarthmore College; previously Assistant/Associate/Full Professor, Swarthmore College.
Degrees: Ph.D., Economics, Yale University; B.A., Economics and Psychology, Williams College.
Publications: “Diversity in the Economics Profession: A New Attack on an Old Problem,” (with Rouse), JEP, 2016; Diversifying Economic Quality (Div.E.Q.), 2011; AEA Professional Climate Survey: Final Report, (with Allgood, Badgett, Bertrand, Black, Bloom, and Cook), AEA, 2019; Best Practices for Economists: Building a More Diverse, Inclusive, and Productive Profession, (with Kalemli-Özcan, Pande, Rouse, Smith Jr., Suárez Serrato, and Wilcox), AEA, 2019; “The Unequal Distribution of Economic Education: A Report on the Race, Ethnicity, and Gender of Economics Majors at U.S. Colleges and Universities,” (with Wilcox), Journal of Economic Education, 2019; “Expanding and Diversifying the Pool of Undergraduates who Study Economics: Insights from a New Introductory Course at Harvard,” (with Bruich, Chetty, and Housiaux), Journal of Economic Education, 2020; “Diagnosing the Learning Environment for Diverse Students in Introductory Economics: An Analysis of Relevance, Belonging, and Growth Mindsets,” (with Bhanot, Bronchetti, and O’Connell), AEA Papers and Proceedings, 2020; “Does Simple Information Provision Lead to More Diverse Classrooms? Evidence from a Field Experiment on Undergraduate Economics,” (with Bhanot and Lozano), AEA Papers and Proceedings, 2019; “The Economics Profession’s Unique Problem with Diversity,” The Minority Report, 2018; “How You Can Work to Increase the Presence and Improve the Experience of Black, Latinx and Native American People in the Economics Profession,” (with Hoover and Washington), JEP, 2020.
AEA Offices, Committee Memberships, and Honors: Chair, AEA Task Force on Best Practices for Professional Conduct in Economics, 2019–; Member, AEA Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Professional Conduct, 2018–; Member, AEA Ad Hoc Committee on Professional Climate in Economics, 2018; Member, AEA Committee on the Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession (CSMGEP), 2016–; AEA Summer Training Program and Summer Mentoring Pipeline Conference contributor, 2020, 2016, 2015; AEA Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP) breakfast mentor, various years, and CeMENT contributor, 2021; Co-organizer, 2020 AEA panel on How Can Economics Solve Its Race Problem?, 2017 CSMGEP-CSWEP event on Best Practices in Recruiting and Mentoring Diverse Economists, and various other ASSA sessions and events.
Other Affiliations and Honors: Visiting Senior Adviser, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 2015–; Member of Board of Experts, Undergraduate Women in Economics Challenge, 2014–; Panelist, National Science Foundation, various; Member, National Academy of Sciences Committee on Graduate Training in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2017; Panel member, Measuring College Learning in Economics, Social Science Research Council, 2014–16; Chair, Curriculum Redesign for AP Microeconomics, College Board, 2014–16; Alliance to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges Faculty Workshop Grants; Pedagogy Grant for Promoting Excellence, Consortium on High Achievement and Success; Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award; Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship.
MELVIN STEPHENS, JR., Chair and Professor of Economics, University of Michigan
Statement of Purpose: Through many recent initiatives, the AEA has actively engaged in measures to improve the well-being of and inclusivity among its membership. Continuing these efforts and broadening representation among economists, at all degree levels and across all sectors, should be priorities that the Association pursues. As economics training provides a gateway to careers in many fields (e.g., finance, law, public service), assessing the profession's role in opening doors to opportunities is vital. While many actors are ultimately involved – universities, firms, government agencies – the AEA can help distill best practices, encourage educational and workplace innovation, and set high expectations for what can be achieved both in the short-term and long-term. If elected, I would engage with the AEA to address these areas.
Previous and Present Positions: Professor of Economics, 2014–; Associate Professor of Economics, 2009–14; Full and Associate Professor of Public Policy (courtesy), 2009–; Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Population Studies Center, 1998–2000; Visiting Professor of Economics, 1999, University of Michigan; Raymond John Wean Foundation Career Development Associate Professor of Economics, 2006–09; Raymond John Wean Foundation Career Development Assistant Professor of Economics, 2005–06; Assistant Professor of Economics, 2000–05; Carnegie Mellon University, H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy.
Degrees: B.A., Economics and Mathematics, University of Maryland, 1992; Ph.D, Economics, University of Michigan, 1998.
Publications: "The Impact of Health on Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from a Large-Scale Experiment," (with Toohey), Forthcoming, AEJ: Applied Economics; "Demand Conditions and Worker Safety: Evidence from Price Shocks in Mining," (with Charles, Johnson, and Lee), Forthcoming, Journal of Labor Economics; "Estimating the Impacts of Program Benefits: Using Instrumental Variables with Underreported and Imputed Data," (with Unayama), The Review of Economics and Statistics, 2019; "Disability Benefit Take-Up and Local Labor Market Conditions," (with Charles and Li), The Review of Economics and Statistics, 2018; "Compulsory Education and the Benefits of Schooling," (with Yang), AER, 2014; "Employment, Wages and Voter Turnout" (with Charles), AEJ: Applied Economics, 2013; "The Consumption Response to Seasonal Income: Evidence from Japanese Public Pension Benefits," (with Unayama), AEJ: Applied Economics, 2011; "Is There a Retirement-Consumption Puzzle? Evidence Using Subject Retirement Expectations" (with Haider), The Review of Economics and Statistics, 2007; "'3rd of tha Month': Do Social Security Recipients Smooth Consumption Between Checks?" AER, 2003; "The Long-Run Consumption Effects of Earnings Shocks," The Review of Economics and Statistics, 2001.
Other Affiliations and Honors: Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center and Faculty Associate, Survey Research Center, 2009–, University of Michigan; Federal Economic Statistics Advisory Committee, 2019–; Academic Research Council, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 2014–18; Committee on National Statistics Panel on Reviewing Redesign Options for the Consumer Expenditure Surveys, 2011–12.