We are excited to introduce the confirmed ACE 2021 keynote speakers:
Professor Francine Blau
Francine D. Blau is Frances Perkins Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Professor of Economics at Cornell University, a Research Associate of the NBER (National Bureau of Economic Research), and a Research Fellow of IZA (Institute for the Study of Labor); CESIfo (Institute for Economic Research); and DIW (German Institute for Economic Research).
She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University and her BS from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. Before returning to Cornell in 1994, she was on the faculty at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Professor Blau has served as President of the Society of Labor Economists (SOLE) and the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA), Vice President of the American Economic Association (AEA), President of the Midwest Economics Association (MEA), and Chair of the AEA Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP). She was elected a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association in 2018. In 2010, she received the IZA Prize for outstanding achievement in labor economics (the first woman to receive this prestigious award), and was awarded the 2017 Jacob Mincer Award by the Society of Labor Economists in recognition of lifetime of contributions to the field of labor economics. She is also the 2001 recipient of the Carolyn Shaw Bell Award from CSWEP for furthering the status of women in the economics profession. In 2017, she was awarded the Groat Alumni Award for outstanding professional accomplishments from Cornell’s ILR School.
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Professor Olivier Bargain
Olivier Bargain is a Professor of Economics at Bordeaux University. He is the director of the research department ‘Behavior, Organizations and Policy Evaluation’, member of the Institut Universitaire de France and former member of the Council of Economic Advisors to the French Prime Minister. He was previously at Aix-Marseille University, University College Dublin, IZA Bonn (where he co-directed the “employment and development” group in partnership with the World Bank) and the Paris School of Economics (for his PhD under the supervision of F. Bourguignon).
His research covers topics in public, labor, development and international economics. He has been associate editor of the Journal of Economic Inequality (Springer) and coeditor of the book series Research in Labor Economics (Emerald). He has acted as expert on tax and social protection systems for various administrations (in France, the UK, Ireland, Poland and Chile) and for international organizations (World Bank, European Commission, OECD).
Professor Gigi Foster
University of New South Wales
Gigi Foster is a Professor with the School of Economics at the University of New South Wales, having joined UNSW in 2009 after six years at the University of South Australia.
Formally educated at Yale University (BA in Ethics, Politics, and Economics) and the University of Maryland (PhD in Economics), she works in diverse fields including education, social influence, corruption, lab experiments, time use, behavioural economics, and Australian policy. Her research contributions regularly inform public debates and appear in both specialised and cross-disciplinary outlets (e.g., Quantitative Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Economic Psychology, Human Relations).
Her teaching, featuring strategic innovation and integration with research, was awarded a 2017 Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Named 2019 Young Economist of the Year by the Economic Society of Australia, Professor Foster has filled numerous roles of service to the profession and engages heavily on economic matters with the Australian community.
One of Australia’s leading economics communicators, her regular media appearances include co-hosting The Economists, a national economics talk-radio program and podcast series whose fourth season aired in 2020, with Peter Martin AM on ABC RN.
Professor Paul Frijters
London School of Economics
Paul Frijters is a Professor of Wellbeing Economics at the London School of Economics from 2016 to November 2019 at the Center for Economic Performance, thereafter at the Department of Social Policy.
He completed his Masters in Econometrics at the University of Groningen, including a seven-month stay in Durban, South Africa before completing a PhD through the University of Amsterdam. He has also engaged in teaching and research at the University of Melbourne, the Australian National University, QUT, UQ, and now the LSE.
Professor Fritjers specializes in applied micro-econometrics, including labor, happiness, and health economics, though he has also worked on pure theoretical topics in macro and micro fields. His main area of interest is in analyzing how socio-economic variables affect the human life experience and the “unanswerable” economic mysteries in life.
Professor Frijters is a prominent research economist and has published over 150 papers in fields including unemployment policy, discrimination and economic development.
He was the Research Director of the Rumici Project, a project sponsored by the Australian Ministry of Foreign Aid (AusAid), and is also a co-editor of the journal, Economic Record. In 2009 he was voted Australia’s best young economist under 40 by the Australian Economic Society. He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in April 2010.
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