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 is currently 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 issues of current concern including the gender gap in earnings, economic inequality, the returns to education, and the rise of the female labor force.
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), Corruption and Reform: Lesson’s from America’s Economic History (with E. Glaeser; Chicago, 2006), and Women Working Longer: Increased Employment at Older Ages (with L. Katz; University of Chicago Press, 2018). The Race between Education and Technology (with L. Katz; Belknap Press, 2008), was awarded the 2008 R.R. Hawkins Award for the most outstanding scholarly work in all disciplines of the arts and sciences. Career & Family: Women’s Century-Long Journey toward Equity (Princeton University Press, 2021) was recently published.
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 Nemmers Prize in Economics in 2020, the BBVA Prize in Economics, Finance, and Management in 2019, the IZA Prize in Labor Economics in 2016, and the Mincer Prize in 2009. 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.
Goldin is an outdoor enthusiast, a bird-watcher, and has trained Pika, her Golden Retriever, to several performance scenting titles.
Career and Family: Women’s Century-Long Journey toward Equity (Princeton University Press, 2021)