Cecilia Rouse

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Cecilia Rouse
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The Woodrow Wilson School

Princeton University
Member of the Council of Economic Advisers
In office
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Donald B. Marron Jr.
Succeeded by Katharine Abraham
Personal details
Born (1963-12-18) December 18, 1963 (age 53)
Del Mar, California
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Ford Morrison
Academic career
Institution Princeton University
Field Economics
Alma mater Harvard University
Claudia Goldin[1]
Awards 2016 Carolyn Shaw Bell Award from the American Economic Association[2]

Cecilia Elena Rouse (born December 18, 1963), is an American economist and the Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Formal education[edit]

Rouse was educated at Harvard University. She earned her A.B. in economics, magna cum laude in 1986 and her Ph.D. in economics in 1992. She became a professor of economics at Princeton University the same year she graduated.

Personal life[edit]

Cecilia grew up in Del Mar, California She has two siblings—Forest Rouse, a physicist, and Carolyn Rouse, an anthropologist and professor at Princeton University. Her father is a research physicist who received his PhD from Caltech in 1956. Her mother worked as a school psychologist.

Rouse attributes the development of her educational career to traveling and exploring as a young child and the "importance my parents placed on learning." Her brother and sister hold Ph.Ds in physics and visual anthropology, respectively.[3]

She has two daughters, Nidal Morrison, and Safa Morrison.[4] Her husband is Ford Morrison, son of author Toni Morrison.[5]


Rouse is the Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Lawrence and Shirley Katzman and Lewis and Anna Ernst Professor in the Economics of Education. She is the founding director of the Princeton University Education Research Section, is a member of the National Academy of Education and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her primary research interests are in labor economics with a focus on the economics of education. Rouse has served as an editor of the Journal of Labor Economics and as a senior editor of The Future of Children. She is a member of the board of directors of MDRC, and a director of the T. Rowe Price Equity Mutual Funds and an Advisory Board Member of the T. Rowe Price Fixed Income Mutual Funds.

Rouse served as a member of President Barack Obama's Council of Economic Advisers from 2009 to 2011. Prior to serving in the Obama Administration, Rouse served in the National Economic Council under President Bill Clinton from 1998 to 1999.

Selected Publications[edit]

Goldin, Claudia; Rouse, Cecilia (2000). "Orchestrating Impartiality: The Impact of "Blind" Auditions on Female Musicians". American Economic Review: 715–741. 

Kane, Thomas J.; Rouse, Cecilia Elena (1995). "Labor-market returns to two-and four-year college". The American Economic Review. 85 (3): 600–614. 

Rouse, Cecilia Elena (1998). "Private school vouchers and student achievement: An evaluation of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program". The Quarterly Journal of Economics. 113 (2): 553–602. 

Ashenfelter, Orley; Rouse, Cecilia (1998). "Income, schooling, and ability: Evidence from a new sample of identical twins". The Quarterly Journal of Economics. 113 (1): 253–284. 

Kane, Thomas J.; Rouse, Cecilia Elena (1999). "The community college: Educating students at the margin between college and work". The Journal of Economic Perspectives. 13 (1): 63–84. 

Rouse, Cecilia Elena (1995). "Democratization or diversion? The effect of community colleges on educational attainment". Journal of Business & Economic Statistics. 13 (2): 217–224. 

Figlio, David N.; Rouse, Cecilia Elena (2006). "Do accountability and voucher threats improve low-performing schools?". Journal of Public Economics. 90 (1): 239–255. 


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