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Joseph Altonji

Thomas DeWitt Cuyler Professor of Economics and Professor in the Institute for Social and Policy Studies

Joseph G. Altonji is the Thomas DeWitt Cuyler Professor of Economics at Yale University and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He previously held faculty positions at Columbia and Northwestern and served as a visiting professor at Princeton and Harvard. He is an elected fellow of the Econometric Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also an elected fellow and past president of the Society of Labor Economists and President of the Eastern Economic Association. He received the IZA Prize in Labor Economics in 2018. 

Professor Altonji specializes in labor economics and applied econometrics. His interests include labor market fluctuations, labor supply, consumption behavior, the economics of education, economic links among family members, race and gender in the labor market, wage determination, and econometric methods.  His current research focuses on the role of families and schools in inequality, school choice programs, dynamic models of earnings, marriage, and family income, the effects of undergraduate field of study and graduate field of study on labor major outcomes, the costs of college majors, the effects of labor market conditions on recent college graduates, the effects of financial constraints on academic performance in college, and the use of selection on observed variables to address selection on unobserved variables.

Altonji has served as a consultant to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and on a number of advisory panels, including the NAS/NRC Committee on National Statistics, the NAS/NRC Panel on Measuring Discrimination, and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology STEM Undergraduate Education Working Group.  He is a member of the Federal Economic Statistics Advisory Committee and the NSF Social, Behavior and Economic Sciences Advisory Committee. 

PhD, Economics, Princeton University, June 1981
MA, Economics, Yale University, May 1975
BA, Economics, Yale University, May 1975


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