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Paula Stephan is a Research Associate in the NBER’s Program on Labor Studies and a Professor of Economics at the Andrew Young School at Georgia State University. She received her BA degree in Economics from Grinnell College and her Ph.D. in Economics from The University of Michigan. She has held visiting positions at Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and the Department of Economics and Statistics "Cognetti de Martiis" at the University of Turin, and has been a Wertheim Fellow at Harvard University.

Stephan's research focuses on the economics of science and the careers of scientists and engineers. She is a member of the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science, and her book, How Economics Shapes Science, was published by Harvard University Press in 2012. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She was chosen as Science Careers' Person of the Year for 2012. She has served on the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council of the National Institutes of Health, and on numerous committees of the National Research Council.

Stephan lives in Atlanta with her husband Bill Amis; they enjoy spending time in Paris, where they have a small apartment, and in Turin, Italy.

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