2017 – Joseph Altonji

14th Annual W.J. Usery Distinguished Lecture – 2017

Joseph Altonji

Dr. Joseph Altonji

Dr. Joseph Altonji

“Recent Research on Undergraduate Field, Graduate Education, and Labor Market Outcomes
Monday, October 2nd, 10:30 am

Joseph Altonji, the Thomas DeWitt Cuyler Professor of Economics at Yale University, presented the 14th Annual W.J. Usery Lecture on October 2, 2017, 10:30-noon, at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, in AYS Seminar Room 749/750 (seventh floor). His topic was “Recent Research on Undergraduate Field, Graduate Education, and Labor Market Outcomes.”

In addition to his position at Yale, Professor Altonji is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and an IZA Research Fellow. He is an elected fellow of the Econometric Society, the Society of Labor Economists, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Altonji has been a co-editor and on editorial boards at a number of leading economics journals. Prior to his position at Yale, Altonji was on the faculties at Columbia and Northwestern. He received BA and MA degrees from Yale and his PhD from Princeton.

Altonji’s research has focused on labor economics and applied econometrics. He is best known for his work on labor market discrimination, the relationship between wages and seniority, altruism within families, earnings and college majors, and econometric methods that utilize information from observed variables to inform assumptions on the effects of unobserved variables.

The annual W.J. Usery Distinguished Lecture Series, inaugurated in 2005, features leading economists addressing important issues in the American workplace. The series honors W.J. Usery, a former U.S. Secretary of Labor and Distinguished Executive Fellow in Labor Policy at the Andrew Young School. Bill Usery’s lifetime work contributed to the well-being of workers and the American workplace during his years of service in government and the private sector.

Previous presenters are Raj Chetty, Gary Solon, Robert Moffitt, Edward Lazear, Janet Currie, David Card, Robert Groves, Claudia Goldin, Katherine Abraham, David Autor, Lisa Lynch, Alan Krueger, and Richard Freeman.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For questions, contact Barry Hirsch at bhirsch@gsu.edu.

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