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CNSTAT Congratulates Claudia Goldin on Receiving the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences
The Nobel committee in Stockholm on October 9, 2023, announced that Claudia Goldin, Henry Lee professor of economics at Harvard University and director of the NBER Development of the American Economy program from 1989 to 2017, will receive the 2023 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for her pathbreaking work on women in the workforce. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society and a fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Society of Labor Economists (SOLE), the Econometric Society, and the Cliometric Society. She received the IZA Prize in Labor Economics and the Mincer Prize for life-time contributions to the field of labor economics from SOLE. She has a B.A. from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She is best known, and was so recognized by the Nobel committee, for her historical work on women in the U.S. economy. Her most influential papers in that area have concerned the history of women’s quest for career and family, coeducation in higher education, the impact of the “Pill” on women’s career and marriage decisions, women’s surnames after marriage as a social indicator, the reasons why women are now the majority of undergraduates, and the new lifecycle of women’s employment. For CNSTAT, she served as a member of the committee from 1990-1991 and as a member of the panel that produced At What Price? Conceptualizing and Measuring Cost-of-Living and Price Indexes in 2002 and of the panel that produced Evaluation of Compensation Data Collected Through the EEO-1 Form in 2023.

CNSTAT Mourns the Passing of Emerson Elliott
Emerson Elliott, former commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), died on September 26, 2023, at age 89. His career in federal statistics spanned nearly four decades. He led NCES for nearly 11 years and became the first presidentially appointed and Senate-confirmed NCES commissioner, serving from 1988 to 1995. He is widely credited with the establishment of NCES as a credible source of statistical information on public education in the United States, taking a critical report from CNSTAT (Creating a Center for Education Statistics: A Time for Action, 1986), as a challenge to improve the agency’s quality standards and timeliness. Previously he led the Issues Analysis Staff in the Office of the Under Secretary of Education, served as the deputy director of the National Institute of Education, and directed the U.S. Office of Management and Budget education branch when that was established in 1967. After retiring from the U.S. Department of Education, he served as Director of Special Projects at the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. He received presidential rank awards for meritorious and distinguished executive service and the 2011 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Distinguished Public Service in Education Award, and was a fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA). He served as AERA’s representative to the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics for many years, chaired the National Academies Board on International Comparative Studies in Education, and, for ASA, was active in developing papers on the need for increased professional autonomy for NCES. He had an M.A. in public administration from the University of Michigan.

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