NBER Profile: Janet Currie
Janet Currie is a Research Associate in the NBER's Programs on Labor Studies, Children, and Education. She has been affiliated with the NBER since 1991 and served as Director of the Children's Program in 1997-1998.
Currie is a Professor of Economics at the University of California at Los Angeles. She is currently on the editorial boards of the Quarterly Journal of Economics is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Public Economics. She also serves on the Board of the Committee for the Status of Women in the Economics Profession.
Currie received her Ph.D. from Princeton University and her Masters and Bachelors degrees in Economics from the University of Toronto. She held faculty positions at UCLA and at MIT before returning to UCLA in 1993.
Her recent work focuses on the effects of public programs on poor children. In particular, she has studied the effect of Medicaid (health insurance), Head Start (preschool), and nutrition programs such as the National School Lunch Program and WIC programs on child outcomes.
Currie is married to W. Bentley MacLeod, a Professor of Law and Economics at the University of Southern California. They have two young children. The family enjoys visiting the many museums and gardens in Los Angeles, eating out, day trips exploring Southern California, and camping.