Janet Currie

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Janet M. Currie
Born Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian American
Institution Princeton University
Field labour economics, family economics, health economics
Alma mater University of Toronto, Princeton University
Orley Ashenfelter
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

Janet Currie is a Canadian economist. She is chair of the Department of Economics at Princeton University, where she is the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs. She is also the director of the Center for Health and Well-Being at Princeton.[1] Her research focuses on the impact of government policies and poverty on the health and well-being of children over their life cycle. She has written about early intervention programs, expansions of the Medicaid program, public housing, and food and nutrition programs. She is considered an expert on the topic of Head Start program.[2]

She currently serves on the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science magazine, the Advisory Board for the Journal of Economic Perspectives, and serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Population Economics. She has previously held editorial roles for numerous economic peer-reviewed journals, including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Health Economics, and the Journal of Public Economics.[3]

She is also a member of various professional associations, including an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), member of the Advisory Committee on Labor and Income Statistics for Statistics Canada, and a fellow of the Econometric Society.[4] She is past president of the Society of Labor Economists[5] and previously served as vice-president of the American Economic Association. She is also an affiliate of Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany. She has also served a consultant for the National Health Interview Survey and the National Longitudinal Surveys, and served on the advisory board of the National Children’s Study.

She is married to W. Bentley MacLeod, an economist at Columbia University, and together they have two children.[6]

Select Publications[edit]

  • "Children with Disabilities" Issue of The Future of Children, 22(1), Princeton-Brookings, Washington D.C. Spring 2012, edited with Robert Kahn.[7]
  • The Invisible Safety Net: Protecting the Nation’s Poor Children and Families, Princeton University Press, Spring 2006.[8]
  • Welfare and the Well-Being of Children, Harwood Academic Publishers, Chur Switzerland, 1995.[9]


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