Orley C. Ashenfelter
Joseph Douglas Green 1895 Professor of Economics
Professor Orley Ashenfelter is Joseph Douglas Green 1895 Professor of Economics and former Director of the Industrial Relations Section at Princeton University. He was also the editor of the Law and Economics Review, and the the American Economic Review, the world's largest peer-reviewed economics journal. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science, and is a corresponding member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He won the IZA Labor Economics Prize in 2003 and received a doctorate Honoris Causa from the University of Brussels in 2002.
As Director of the Office of Evaluation of the US Department of Labor in 1972, Professor Ashenfelter began the work that is now widely recognized as the separate field of "quantitative social program evalution." He is also regarded as the originator of the use of so-called "natural experiments" to infer causality about economic relationships. He has also been the leader in the very recent emphasis in quantitative economic analysis on the use of creative methods of data collection. His innovative research has spanned a broad array of topics in the economic analysis of labor markets.
Professor Ashenfelter has been a Guggenheim fellow, a fellow in the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and the Benjamin Meeker Visiting Professor at the University of Bristol.