LANDMARK ECONOMIST HIRED
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.