The Erwin Plein Nemmers Prize in Economics

Claudia Goldin

2020 Nemmers Prize in Economics Recipient

Claudia Goldin

Harvard University

For her groundbreaking insights into the history of the American economy, the evolution of gender roles and the interplay of technology, human capital and labor markets.

Claudia Goldin is the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University. She was the director of the NBER’s Development of the American Economy program from 1989 to 2017 and was recently appointed as co-director of the NBER’s group on Gender in the Economy. Most of her research interprets the present through the lens of the past and explores the origins of current issues of concern. Her research is currently focused on college women’s aspirations for and achievement of career and family.

She is the author and editor of several books, among them Understanding the Gender Gap: An Economic History of American Women (Oxford 1990), The Regulated Economy: A Historical Approach to Political Economy (with G. Libecap; University of Chicago Press 1994), The Defining Moment: The Great Depression and the American Economy in the Twentieth Century (with M. Bordo and E. White; University of Chicago Press 1998), and Corruption and Reform: Lesson’s from America’s Economic History (with E. Glaeser; Chicago 2006). The Race between Education and Technology (with L. Katz; Belknap Press, 2008), was the winner of the 2008 R.R. Hawkins Award for the most outstanding scholarly work in all disciplines of the arts and sciences. Her most recent volume is Women Working Longer: Increased Employment at Older Ages (edited with L. Katz; University of Chicago Press 2018).

Goldin was the president of the American Economic Association in 2013 and of the Economic History Association in 2000. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society and a fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Society of Labor Economists (SOLE), the Econometric Society, and the Cliometric Society. She received the BBVA Prize in Economics, Finance, and Management in 2019, the IZA Prize in Labor Economics in 2016, and the Mincer Prize in 2009 for life-time contributions to the field of labor economics. From 1984 to 1988 she was editor of the Journal of Economic History. Goldin received her B.A. from Cornell University and her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

She is an outdoor enthusiast, a bird-watcher, and has trained her Golden Retriever to several performance scenting titles.