LAND­MARK ECON­O­MIST HIRED

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCAL BRIEFING -

San­dra Black,

a renowned la­bor econ­o­mist whose re­search ex­am­ines how fam­ily back­ground and early child­hood ex­pe­ri­ences af­fect peo­ple’s lives, has joined the UT fac­ulty as a pro­fes­sor in the depart­ment of eco­nom­ics and will also be af­fil­i­ated with the Pop­u­la­tion Re­search Cen­ter and the Cen­ter for Women’s and Gen­der Stud­ies, UT of­fi­cials an­nounced in a state­ment.

A grad­u­ate of Har­vard Uni­ver­sity and a for­mer econ­o­mist with the Fed­eral Re­serve, Black has been on fac­ulty at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Los An­ge­les, since 2001. Her re­search at­tempts to iden­tify the role of fam­ily char­ac­ter­is­tics, such as birth or­der, on chil­dren. She also ex­am­ines the role of ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy, in­clud­ing the ef­fect of school start­ing age and com­pul­sory school­ing laws.

Black, who taught at UT as a vis­it­ing fac­ulty mem­ber in 2009-10, is the first fe­male full pro­fes­sor in the depart­ment, and her hir­ing re­flects an on­go­ing com­mit­ment to elim­i­nat­ing gen­der in­equal­ity among fac­ulty, UT of­fi­cials said.

San­dra Black

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