Janet Currie

Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Chair, Department of Economics, Director, Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHW)

316 Wallace Hall
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Janet Currie is the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University and the Co-Director of Princeton's Center for Health and Wellbeing.  She also co-directs the Program on Families and Children at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  She has served on several National Academy of Sciences panels including the Committee on National Statistics, and was elected Vice President of the American Economic Association in 2010.  She has served as a consultant for the National Health Interview Survey and the National Longitudinal Surveys, and on the advisory board of the National Children's Study.  She is a Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists, an affiliate of the University of Michigan's National Poverty Center, an affiliate of IZA in Bonn and the recipient of an honorary degree from the University of Lyon.  She is on the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science and has served as the Editor of the Journal of Economic Literature and on the editorial board of the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and has also served several other journals in an editorial capacity including the Journal of Health Economics, the Journal of Labor Economics, and the Journal of Public Economics.

Her research focuses on health and wellbeing, primarily of children.  She has written about early intervention programs, programs to expand health insurance and improve health care, public housing, and food and nutrition programs.  Much of this research is summarized in "The Invisible Safety Net: Protecting the Nation's Poor Children and Families." Her current research focuses on socioeconomic differences in health, on environmental threats to health, and mental health.