Professional Affiliations

Professor, Department of Economics, Columbia University

Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Former Member, President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers

Affiliated Professor, Norwegian School of Business and Economics

Editor, Journal of Labor Economics

Non-Resident Senior Scholar, Brookings Institution

Board Member, Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession

Member, AEA Standing Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Professional Conduct

Founding Member, Economists for Inclusive Prosperity

Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research

Research Fellow, Institution for the Study of Labor 

Principal Investigator, Center for Research on Fairness, Inequality, and Rationality (FAIR)


Recent Work

Poor Little Rich Kids? The Role of Nature versus Nurture in Wealth and Other Economic Outcomes and Behaviors, NBER Working Paper #21409, July 2015, Revised May 2019, forthcoming Review of Economic Studies. (Joint with Paul Devereux, Petter Lundborg, and Kaveh Majlesi.)


On the Origins of Risk Taking in Financial Markets, Journal of Finance. October 2017, Volume 72, Issue 5. (Joint with Paul Devereux, Petter Lundborg, and Kaveh Majlesi.) Online Appendix.


Breaking the Glass Ceiling? The Effect of Board Quotas on Female Labor Market Outcomes in NorwayReview of Economic Studies. Volume 86, Issue 1, January 2019. (Joint with Marianne Bertrand, Sissel Jensen, and Adriana Lleras-Muney.)

In the news: NY TimesThe Nation


This Is Only a Test? Long-Run and Intergenerational Impacts of Prenatal Exposure to Radioactive Fallout, NBER Working Paper #18987, most recent version July 2017, forthcoming, Review of Economics and Statistics. (Joint with Aline Bütikofer, Paul Devereux, and Kjell Salvanes.)


Apply Yourself: Racial and Ethnic Differences in College Application, NBER Working Paper #21368, July 2015, forthcoming at Education Finance and Policy. (Joint with Kalena Cortes and Jane Lincove.)


Born to Lead? The Effect of Birth Order on Non-Cognitive Skills, Review of Economics and Statistics. May 2018, Volume C, Number 2.(Joint with Erik Grönqvist and Björn Öckert.)


Learning to Take Risks? The Effect of Education on Risk-Taking in Financial Markets, Review of Finance.  May 2018, Volume 22, Issue 3. (Joint with Paul Devereux, Petter Lundborg, and Kaveh Majlesi.)


Sibling Spillovers, NBER Working Paper #23062, January 2017, under revision for Economic Journal. (Joint with Sanni Breining, David Figlio, Jonathan Guryan, Krzysztof Karbownik, Helena Skyt Nielsen, Jeffrey Roth, and Marianne Simonsen.)