2021 Elected AEA Officers
Congratulations to President-Elect Christina Romer and all the new 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.
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.
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.
Executive Committee Members
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.
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.