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Career and Family: Collision Course or Confluence of Desires?

December 10, 20156:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Columbia Department of Economics presents:


Career and Family: Collision Course or Confluence of Desires?

Delivered by Claudia Goldin, Henry Lee Professor of Economics, Harvard University

December 10, 2015 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm
15th Floor, International Affairs Building
420 W 118th Street
New York, NY 10027

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In recent decades, many highly educated women have successfully navigated career roadblocks that had hindered equally gifted women in the past.  More recently a greater fraction of college graduate women have achieved family as birthrates have been rising.  What happens when there are more kids and more careers?  Is it a collision course or a successful confluence of desires?


Kenneth J. Arrow, Joan Kenney Professor of Economics and Professor of Operations Research, Emeritus, Stanford University, Stanford University
Christopher Flinn, Professor of Economics,  New York University
Joseph E. Stiglitz, University Professor, Columbia University

Speaker Biographies

Kenneth J. Arrow is the Joan Kenney Professor of Economics and Professor of Operations Research, emeritus at Stanford University. He is a Nobel Prize-winning economist whose work has been primarily in economic theory and operations, focusing on areas including social choice theory, risk bearing, medical economics, general equilibrium analysis, inventory theory, and the economics of information and innovation. He was one of the first economists to note the existence of a learning curve, and he also showed that under certain conditions an economy reaches a general equilibrium. In 1972, together with Sir John Hicks, he won the Nobel Prize in economics, for his pioneering contributions to general equilibrium theory and welfare theory. Professor Arrow has served on the economics faculties of the University of Chicago, Harvard and Stanford. In addition to the Nobel Prize, he has received the American Economic Association’s John Bates Clark Medal. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. He received a BS from City College, an MA and PhD from Columbia University, and holds approximately 20 honorary degrees.

Christopher Flinn is Professor of Economics at New York University and Senior Research Fellow at Collegio Carlo Alberto (Moncalieri, Italy). His main areas of research are labor and household economics, with a particular emphasis on the development of econometric methods for the estimation of models that can be used for policy analysis. One example is the analysis of minimum wage policy, described in his book, The Minimum Wage and Labor Market Outcomes. Other recent research, conducted with Daniela Del Boca and Matthew Wiswall, investigates the impact of government policies on the cognitive development of children and the welfare of children and parents. He received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Chicago.

Claudia Goldin is the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University and director of the NBER’s Development of the American Economy program.  She is an economic historian and a labor economist.  Her wide-ranging research interprets the present through the lens of the past and explores the origins of current issues of concern.  Her book with Larry Katz, The Race between Education and Technology, is a history of economic inequality and the role of educational advances.  Her current work has focused on college women’s achievement of career and family and the increase of women’s employment in their mature and older years. Goldin was the president of the American Economic Association.  She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and a fellow of numerous societies.  In 2009 SOLE awarded Goldin the Mincer Prize for life-time contributions to the field of labor economics.  Goldin received her B.A. from Cornell University and her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Joseph E. Stiglitz is University Professor, founder and Co-president of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, and Faculty Associate at the Center on Global Economic Governance, at Columbia University. He also served as the Chair of the Commission of Experts on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System, appointed by the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, in 2009. He earned his PhD from MIT in 1967, became a full professor at Yale in 1970, and in 1979 was awarded the John Bates Clark Award, given biennially by the American Economic Association to the economist under 40 who has made the most significant contribution to the field. Professor Stiglitz was a member of the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) from 1993-95, during the Clinton administration, and served as CEA chairman from 1995-97. He then became Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President of the World Bank from 1997-2000. In 2001, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics for his analyses of markets with asymmetric information, and he was also a lead author of the 1995 Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.



December 10, 2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Category:


Department of Economics


15th Floor, International Affairs Building
420 W 118th Street
New York, NY 10027 United States
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