NBER Reporter: 2013 Number 4 Profiles

John Cawley     Robert Clark     William Kerr     Nancy Qian    

NBER Profile: John Cawley

John Cawley is a Research Associate in the NBER's Programs on Health Economics and Health Care, and a Professor in the Departments of Policy Analysis and Management, and Economics, at Cornell University. He co-directs Cornell's Institute on Health Economics, Health Behaviors and Disparities.

Cawley's research concerns the economics of risky health behaviors, with a focus on the economic causes and consequences of obesity and economic approaches to obesity prevention and treatment. He serves on the editorial board of Health Economics, is the former co-editor-in-chief of Economics & Human Biology, and edited the Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of Obesity.

Cawley received his A.B. in Economics from Harvard College in 1993 and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1999. Before joining Cornell, he spent two years as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan.

Cawley lives in Ithaca, New York with his wife (and colleague) Rachel Dunifon and their two sons. In his spare time, he enjoys watching hour-long TV dramas with his wife and trying not to cheer too loudly at his sons' soccer games.

John Cawley

NBER Profile: Robert Clark

Robert Clark is a Research Associate in the NBER's Aging Program and the Zelnak Professor of Economics in the Poole College of Management, North Carolina State University. Clark's research interests include labor market effects of state and local retirement plans, financial literacy and retirement decisions, the importance employer pensions in the private sector, the role of supplemental retirement plans in retirement saving, and the economic responses to population aging in Japan. Clark received his B.A. from Millsaps College and an M.A. and Ph.D in economics from Duke University.

Clark lives in Cary, North Carolina with his wife Mary Kathryn; however they spend their summers at their home at the base of the Grand Tetons in Jackson, Wyoming. He enjoys long hikes through the canyons and observing the moose, elk, bears, deer and fox he encounters on the trails or as they visit his yard.

Robert Clark

NBER Profile: William Kerr

William Kerr is a Faculty Research Fellow in the NBER's Program on Productivity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. He is an Associate Professor at Harvard Business School.

Kerr's research focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation. One research strand examines the role of immigrant scientists and entrepreneurs in U.S. technology development and commercialization, as well as the subsequent diffusion of new innovations to the immigrants' home countries. A second research strand considers agglomeration and entrepreneurship, with special interest in how government policies aid or hinder the entry of new firms, cluster formation, and growth. A final interest area is entrepreneurial finance and angel investments.

Kerr is the co-editor of the Journal of Economic Geography and a Research Fellow of the Bank of Finland. Bill received his Ph.D. in Economics from MIT and his B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia. Kerr has worked with firms and governments worldwide on projects related to innovation and entrepreneurship, especially around telecommunication market deregulation.

Kerr and his family live in Lincoln, Massachusetts They enjoy outdoor sports and trail running, are active members of their local church, and maintain close ties with his wife's home country of Finland. Kerr grew up in Alabama and remains a passionate college football fan.

William Kerr

NBER Profile: Nancy Qian

Nancy Qian is a Faculty Research Fellow in the NBER's Programs on Children and Development Economics, and an Associate Professor of Economics at Yale University, where she teaches development economics. She is a native of Shanghai, China and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before coming to Yale, Nancy taught at Brown University and was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University, in the Harvard Academy Scholars program. She is an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow and has been honored with the Kiel Institute's Global Excellence Award. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Development Economics and has consulted for development agencies such as The World Bank and the Global Development Network.

Nancy's research focuses on three core issues in development economics: the role of demography, the impact of economic growth, and the influence of institutions. She has studied topics that include the economic determinants of "missing women," the effects of family size on school enrollment, the effect of agricultural productivity shocks on population and urbanization in the historical context of the Columbian Exchange, the relationship between fertility and saving rates in China, and the institutional causes of famine in China and the U.S.S.R.

Nancy is married, enjoys cooking, people-watching, reading, art, photography, tennis, surfing very small waves, and watching movie and sitcom marathons.

Nancy Qian
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