2010 – Claudia Goldin

6th Annual W.J. Usery Distinguished Lecture

Claudia Goldin, Distinguished Lecturer

Claudia Goldin, Distinguished Lecturer

“The Career-Family Conundrum”
The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies hosted the sixth W.J. Usery Distinguished Lecture on February 11, 2010. The guest speaker for the lecture was Dr. Claudia Goldin (pictured at right), the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University, Director of the Development of the American Economy Program, and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. The seminar by Dr. Goldin was held in the Andrew Young School’s seminar room (7th Floor, AYS Building, 14 Marietta Street, NW).  Before the lecture, there was  “coffee and conversation” with Dr. Goldin in the 5th floor conference room (AYS Building), open to all students, faculty and staff.  The lecture is now available at AYSPS on iTunesU.

Claudia Goldin is a prolific researcher and writer in the area of American economic history, Claudia Goldin’s research interprets the “present through the lens of the past” in exploring the origins of contemporary labor-related issues. Recent research concerning the rise of mass education in the United States and its impact on economic growth and wage inequality forms the core of her latest book, The Race between Education and Technology (with L. Katz; Harvard University Press, 2008).

Gender issues in the workforce and education are a major interest for Goldin, whose recent papers have looked at the impact of “the pill” on women’s career and marriage decisions, women’s surnames after marriage as a social indicator, the impact of blind auditions on the hiring of female musicians in symphony orchestras, and the reasons why women are now the majority of undergraduates. Goldin has explored the past century of the career-family tradeoff among women college graduate in U.S. Recently she embarked on a wide-ranging project that examines the family and career “transitions” of male and female graduates of selective universities from the late 1960s to the present.

Goldin was recently elected a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and the Gilman Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Society of Labor Economists, and the Econometric Society. She is associate editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics and serves on various editorial boards.

Goldin has won several awards for teaching. She received her B.A. from Cornell University and her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Additional information on Claudia Goldin is available athttp://www.economics.harvard.edu/faculty/goldin