How Do Researchers Become Affiliated Scholars?
NBER affiliates are selected through a rigorous and competitive process that begins with a call for nominations each February. Program directors, with the assistance of leading scholars in each field, review these nominations and recommend researchers for new affiliates. Affiliates who have tenure at their home institutions may be appointed as Research Associates; untenured scholars are appointed as Faculty Research Fellows. Roughly 80% of the NBER’s affiliated scholars are Research Associates.
Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of MIT and Michael Kremer of Harvard University, all of whom are long-time NBER research associates, were awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for their contributions to development economics and the study of global poverty. On December 8, they delivered lectures in Stockholm on their prize-winning work. Banerjee and Duflo each lectured on “Field Experiments and the Practice of Economics;” Kremer lectured on “Experimentation, Innovation, and Economics.”