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Wilson School Dean, Christina Paxson, Elected Vice President of American Economic Association

Oct 10, 2011

Christina Paxson, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School and the Hughes-Rogers Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, has been elected to the prestigious role of vice president of the American Economic Association for 2012.

The American Economic Association (AEA) was founded in 1885 in Saratoga Springs, New York, by a small group interested in economics. It was incorporated in Washington, D.C., on February 3, 1923 and is currently headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee.   With a membership of more than 18,000, over half of whom are academics, the Association promotes “the encouragement of economic research, especially the historical and statistical study of the actual conditions of industrial life, the issue of publications on economic subjects, and the encouragement of perfect freedom of economic discussion.”

Paxson, who has been the dean of the Woodrow Wilson School since 2009, has been a leading researcher in the fields of health, economic development and public policy, with a current focus on economic status and health outcomes over the life course in both developed and developing countries.   In 2000, she founded the Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHW), an interdisciplinary health research center in the Woodrow Wilson School. During her time as director of CHW, the center started undergraduate and graduate certificate programs in health and health policy and took on the leadership of the University’s Health Grand Challenges program. Paxson is a senior editor of the WWS-Brookings Institution journal The Future of Children; a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, where she is a member of the programs on Aging, Health, and Children; and a research associate of Princeton’s Office of Population Research.

Paxson has also been the Principal Investigator of several NIH-funded studies, including "Economic Status, Public Policy, and Child Neglect," "Parental Resources and Child Wellbeing," and "College Education and Health," and was the founding director of an NIA Center for the Economics and Demography of Aging at Princeton.


Her one year tenure as vice president of the American Economic Association begins in April 2012.