Saez Receives John Bates Clark Medal
NBER Research Associate Emmanuel Saez received the American Economics Association's John Bates Clark Medal for 2010. This award, which was historically awarded every other year but will be awarded annually starting in 2010, is presented to the economist under the age of 40 who has made the most substantial contribution to economic thought and knowledge. The prize citation identifies Saez's work on optimal tax theory, behavioral responses to taxation, the distribution of income, and the analysis of retirement plans as the basis for this award.
Saez is a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley, and a member of the NBER's Public Economics Program. He received his Ph. D. from MIT in 1999 and became an NBER Faculty Research Fellow in the same year. He joined the economics department at Berkeley in 2002, and was promoted to NBER Research Associate in 2003.
Other current NBER Research Associates who have received the Clark Medal include Daniel McFadden, Martin Feldstein, Joseph Stiglitz, James Heckman, Jerry Hausman, Sanford Grossman, Paul Krugman, David Card, Kevin Murphy, Andrei Shleifer, Steven Levitt, Daron Acemoglu, and Susan Athey. Gary Becker, who was an NBER affiliate from 1957 until 1979, and Lawrence Summers, who is currently a Research Associate on leave, also won the Clark Medal, as did the late Milton Friedman and Zvi Griliches, both of whom were NBER affiliates for substantial parts of their careers.