• Press Release
  • April 28, 2020

American Economic Association Announces Award Recipients for 2020


Barbara H. Fiser
American Economic Association
Phone: (615) 322-3731
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Email: barbara.h.fiser@Vanderbilt.Edu

NASHVILLE, TN (April 28, 2020) - The American Economic Association (AEA) announces recipients of the John Bates Clark Medal, Distinguished Fellows, Foreign Honorary Members, and the Best Paper Awards of the American Economic Journals. These outstanding achievements will be honored at the AEA Annual Meeting in January 2021.

Awarded annually to an economist under the age of 40, the John Bates Clark Medal recognizes outstanding research accomplishments in economics. The AEA Electoral College, consisting of the Association's Honors and Awards Committee and voting members of the Executive Committee, selects the winner.  A list of Clark Medal recipients is available at https://www.aeaweb.org/about-aea/honors-awards/bates-clark.

The Distinguished Fellow awards recognize the lifetime research contributions of distinguished economists. Since 1965, past presidents of the AEA are recognized as Distinguished Fellows, and up to four additional individuals may be elected for the award in one calendar year. Distinguished Fellows are selected by the AEA Nominating Committee and voting members of the Executive Committee, sitting together as an electoral college. A list of current and past Distinguished Fellows is available at https://www.aeaweb.org/about-aea/honors-awards/distinguished-fellows.

The Foreign Honorary Members award is presented to foreign economists of distinction. Honorees are elected by the American Economic Association's Executive Committee upon recommendation from the Honors and Awards committee. A list of current Foreign Honorary Members is available at https://www.aeaweb.org/about-aea/honors-awards/foreign-honorary-members.

The annual American Economic Journal (AEJ) Best Paper Awards highlight the best paper published in each of the American Economic Journals: Applied Economics, Economic Policy, Macroeconomics, and Microeconomics over the last three years. Nominations are provided by AEA members, and winners are selected by the journals' editors, co-editors, and boards of editors. A list of current and past AEJ Best Paper Award winners is available at https://www.aeaweb.org/about-aea/honors-awards/aej-best-papers.

A list of the 2020 award winners is provided below. For more information about these awards, the recipients, and biographies of the John Bates Clark Medalist and Distinguished Fellows, visit https://www.AEAweb.org.

The American Economic Association Awards Results

John Bates Clark Medalist

Melissa Dell, Harvard University

Distinguished Fellows

Katharine Abraham, University of Maryland
Shelly Lundberg, University of California at Santa Barbara
Paul Milgrom, Stanford University
Whitney Newey, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Foreign Honorary Members

Jordi Gali, Spain
Rachel Griffith, United Kingdom
Fumio Hayashi, Japan
Thomas Piketty, France

American Economic Journal (AEJ) Best Paper Awards 
Complimentary full-text articles are available at the web addresses referenced below.

AEJ: Applied Economics: "Children and Gender Inequality: Evidence from Denmark," by Henrik Kleven, Camille Landais, and Jakob Egholt Søgaard 11(4), (pp.181-209) October 2019

AEJ: Economic Policy: "Who is Screened Out?  Application Costs and the Targeting of Disability Programs," by Manasi Deshpande and Yue Li 11(4), (pp. 213-48) November 2019

AEJ: Macroeconomics: "A Model of Secular Stagnation: Theory and Quantitative Evaluation," by Gauti B. Eggertsson, Neil R. Mehrotra, and Jacob A. Robbins 11(1), (pp. 1-48) January 2019

AEJ: Microeconomics: "Discrimination via Symmetric Auctions," by Rahul Deb and Mallesh M. Pai 9(1), (pp.275-314) February 2017

About the American Economic Association

The American Economic Association (AEA) encourages economic research, issues publications on economic subjects, and encourages perfect freedom of economic discussion. With more than 20,000 members, the Association publishes the American Economic Review (AER), AER: Insights (AERI)Journal of Economic Literature (JEL), Journal of Economic Perspectives (JEP), AEA Papers and Proceedings, and American Economic Journals (AEJ): Applied Economics, Economic Policy, Macroeconomics, and Microeconomics. More information can be found at https://www.AEAweb.org, or by contacting Barbara H. Fiser at barbara.h.fiser@Vanderbilt.Edu.