Congrats to Susan Athey who was just awarded this years John Bates Clark Medal in Economics for the top young economist under 40. She is the first woman to have won the medal. This is a BIG deal in the male dominated arena of economics.
You can read more about her work on the American Economic Association site here and visit Susan’s Web page at Harvard here. Many years ago, I had a few classes with Susan and she was very nice and very very smart (she once taught our class when the teacher was out, even though she was in it herself :). While she was getting her PhD from the Stanford Business School, she was the obvious star among the economic students going into teaching/research. Needless to say it was early attention that was well deserved and an initial light on what was to come. Again congrats to Susan.
UPDATE: Susan’s former classmate, co-author and Melbourne Business School Professor Joshua Gans has written up what Susan did to win the award and added some good stories to go along with the research.
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