Claudia Goldin

Claudia Goldin is the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University. She graduated from Cornell University in 1967 with a BA in Economics (Magna Cum Laude) before completing her Masters (1969) and PhD (1972) degrees in Economics at the University of Chicago. Before moving to Harvard University in 1990, she was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin (1971-73) and Princeton University (1973-79); and an Associate Professor (1979-85), then Professor of Economics (1985-90) at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Goldin has also been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton (1982-83), a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University (1987-88) and the Brookings Institution (1993-94), a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation (1997-98), Marshall Lecturer at Cambridge University (2002), Ely Lecturer at the American Economics Association (2006), and in 2005-06 was the Katherine Hampson Bessell Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research where she is also Director of the American Economy Program. Professor Goldin has been Vice President (1988-89) and President (1999-2000) of the Economic History Association, Vice President of the American Economics Association (1990-91), a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (2006-to date), a Fellow of the Econometric Society, and is currently a member of the editorial board of several academic journals, including the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Explorations in Economic History and Journal of Economic History. She has authored/co-authored and co-edited six books as well as numerous articles in leading academic journals in the fields of economics and economic history.

Papers Published in World Economics:

Exploring the Present Through the Past
Author: An interview with introduction by Brian Snowdon

Claudia Goldin is one of the world’s leading economists and economic historians, and has made a series of outstanding and original contributions particularly to the cliometric (or ‘The New Economic History’) literature. In this interview, Professor Goldin discusses with Brian Snowdon (who first provides a background introduction) several important issues relating to her research on economic history and cliometrics, the economics of slavery, US economic history, corruption in America, the role of human capital and education in US economic development, wage inequality, female labour force participation and the 'Quiet Revolution', the influence of the contraceptive pill, women's surnames, the reversal of the college gender gap, and women in the economics profession.

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