2013 – Janet Currie
9th Annual W.J. Usery Distinguished Lecture
“Childhood Environment and Adult Outcomes”
On February 11, 2013, Professor Janet Currie, the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University, presented the 9th Annual Usery Lecture at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University. Her topic was, “Childhood Environment and Adult Outcomes.”
Janet Currie’s research focuses on the health and well-being of children. She examines socioeconomic differences in child health and environmental threats to children’s health from sources such as toxic pollutants. She has written about early intervention programs, programs to expand health insurance and improve health care, public housing, and food and nutrition programs.
Professor Currie is the Director of the Program on Families and Children, National Bureau of Economic Research, and Director, Center for Health and Well Being, Princeton University. She is Editor at the Journal of Economic Literature, was the 2011 Ely Lecturer at the American Economic Association Meetings, is an associate editor at the Journal of Public Economics and the Journal of Population Economics and on the editorial board at the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and serves as a Member on the Institute of Medicine’s Board on Children, Youth and Families.
Currie was educated at the University of Toronto and received her PhD from Princeton University in 1988. She taught at MIT, UCLA, and Columbia prior to moving to Princeton University in 2011.
In addition to her lecture, Professor Currie met informally with faculty and doctoral students in Economics to discuss their research. He also attended a luncheon with AYSPS faculty and other area labor economists hosted by Barry Hirsch, professor (Economics) and the W.J. Usery Chair of the American Workplace.