Francine D. Blau

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Francine D. Blau
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Born (1946-08-29) August 29, 1946 (age 70)
New York City, New York, United States
Nationality American
Institution NBER (1989–present)
Cornell University (1994–present)
Field Labor economics
Alma mater Cornell University (B.S.)
Harvard University (M.A., Ph.D.)
Contributions Research on labor market inequality
Awards IZA Prize in Labor Economics (2010)
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

Francine Dee Blau (born August 29, 1946 in New York City)[1] is an American economist and professor of economics at Cornell University. In 2010 Blau was the first woman to receive the prestigious IZA Prize in Labor Economics for her "seminal contributions to the economic analysis of labor market inequality."[2]

Personal life and education[edit]

Blau was born to parents Harold Raymond Blau and Sylvia Blau, née Goldberg, in New York City. Her parents divorced when she was six years old. She and her brother lived with their mother until Sylvia Blau became ill. After that, the children went to live with their father. Harold Blau supported Francine's wish to become an economist.[1]

Blau graduated from Forest Hills High School in Queens in 1963, after which she entered Cornell University and received her B.S. in industrial and labor relations in 1966. She received her M.A. in economics from Harvard University in 1969 and her Ph.D. in economics from the same university in 1975.[1]

Blau is married to Lawrence M. Kahn, also an economics professor at Cornell University.[3] Together they have two children.[4]


Blau is currently the Frances Perkins Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Professor of Economics at Cornell University.[3][5] Before coming to Cornell in 1994, she was an assistant, associate, and professor of Economics and Labor and Industrial Relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she joined the faculty in 1975. Prior to that she was a research associate at Ohio State University and a visiting lecturer at Yale University.[6]

Blau is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research,[7] a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA),[8] and a research fellow at the Center for Economic Studies.[9] She is a fellow of the Society of Labor Economists, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the Labor and Employment Relations Association.[10] She is also a fellow at the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality (Stanford University) and a research fellow at the Compensation Research Initiative (Cornell University).[10]

She has served as vice president of the American Economic Association, president of the Society of Labor Economists,[3] the Labor and Employment Relations Association, and the Midwest Economics Association.[6] She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Labor Research, and the Industrial and Labor Relations Review.[10] She was formerly on the editorial board of the American Economic Review. Moreover, she is currently an associate editor of Labour Economics and was formerly an editor of the Journal of Labor Economics. She was also an associate editor and on the advisory board of the Journal of Economic Perspectives.[8]


Selected publications[edit]




  1. ^ a b c d Cicarelli, James and Julianne Cicarelli. Distinguished women economists. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003, pp. 36–40, ISBN 978-0-313-30331-9.
  2. ^ a b IZA Press Statement. IZA Prize in Labor Economics goes to Francine D. Blau. September 30, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c Catt, Mary (Sep 30, 2010). "Francine Blau receives top labor economics award". Chronicle Online, Cornell University. 
  4. ^ Cornell University. Hunter R. Rawlings III House Fellows. Retrieved on July 17, 2011.
  5. ^ Cornell University ILR School. Francine D. Blau. Retrieved on May 1, 2011.
  6. ^ a b Blaug, Mark and Howard R. Vane. Who's who in economics'. Cheltenham, UK, Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Pub., 2003, ISBN 978-1-84376-857-9.
  7. ^ National Bureau of Economic Research. Francine D. Blau. Retrieved on May 1, 2011.
  8. ^ a b c IZA. Francine D. Blau, Research Fellow. Retrieved on May 1, 2011.
  9. ^ CESifo Group. Francine D. Blau. Retrieved on May 1, 2011.
  10. ^ a b c d "Curriculum vitae – Francine D. Blau" (PDF). Cornell University. March 2013. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 

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