The Susan Bies Lecture on Economics and Public Policy

The Susan Bies Lecture on Economics and Public Policy was launched in 2008 in honor of Northwestern alumna Susan Schmidt Bies. Bies, who earned her doctorate in economics from Northwestern University in 1972, served in various capacities during a long career, including on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 2001 until 2007. The lecture will alternate between microeconomic and macroeconomic topics.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
5:30 pm
White Auditorium, Kellogg Global Hub

Claudia Goldin

Claudia Goldin
(Harvard University)

Career and Family

Compared with previous cohorts, a greater fraction of women is graduating from college and going on to professional school. More surprisingly, a larger portion of the group is having children. What can be done about the potential collision path of career and family? What was the fate of previous cohorts?”

Claudia Goldin is the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University and director of the NBER’s Development of the American Economy program. Goldin is an economic historian and a labor economist. Her research has covered a wide array of topics, including slavery, the economic impact of war, the female labor force, immigration, New Deal policies, income inequality, technological change, education, and the gender gap in pay. Most of her research interprets the present through the lens of the past and explores the origins of current issues of concern. In the past several years her work has focused on college women’s achievement of career and family. Her most recent project concerns the increase of women’s employment in their mature and older years.

Goldin was the president of the American Economic Association in 2013/14. In 2007 she was elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences and was the Gilman Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Society of Labor Economists (SOLE), the Econometric Society, and the Cliometric Society. In 2009 SOLE awarded Goldin the Mincer Prize for life-time contributions to the field of labor economics. Goldin completed her term as the President of the Economic History Association in 2000. In 1991 she was elected Vice President of the American Economic Association. From 1984 to 1988 she was editor of the Journal of Economic History and is currently an associate editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics and a member of various editorial boards. She is the recipient of various teaching awards. Goldin received her B.A. from Cornell University and her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Registration is not required for this event.

Previous Bies Lectures

Ben S. Bernanke
Brookings Institution

Ben S. Bernanke

"In Conversation with Professor Janice Eberly"
April 25, 2016
The event was not recorded

Carl Shapiro
University of California, Berkeley

Carl Shapiro

"Antitrust Limits on Mergers: Protecting Consumers and Enabling Synergies"
May 13, 2015
Link to Video

Christina Romer
University of California, Berkeley

"The Aftermath of Financial Crises: It Doesn't Have to be Terrible"
April 7, 2014
Link to Video

Esther Duflo
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Hope, Aspirations and the Design of the Fight Against Poverty"
April 11, 2013
Link to Video

Olivier Blanchard 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the International Monetary Fund

"The Crisis; Where we are and where we may go."
April 30, 2012
Link to Video

David Cutler
Harvard University

"The Coming Transformation of American Medicine"
May 19, 2011

Jean-Claude Trichet
President, European Central Bank

"What Central Banks can do in a Crisis"
April 27, 2010

Preston McAfee
Yahoo! Inc.

"The Economics of Internet Advertising and Public Policy"
April 21, 2009

John B. Taylor
Stanford University

"The Explanatory Powers of Monetary Policy Rules"
March 31, 2008