Sandra E. Black is Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She received her B.A. from UC Berkeley and her Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. Since that time, she worked as an Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and an Assistant, Associate, and ultimately Professor in the Department of Economics at UCLA, and held the Audre and Bernard Centennial Chair in Economics and Public Affairs in the Department of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin before arriving at Columbia University. She is currently an Editor of the Journal of Labor Economics and was previously a Co-Editor and Editor of the Journal of Human Resources. Dr. Black is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution. She served as a Member of Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers from August 2015-January 2017. Her research focuses on the role of early life experiences on the long-run outcomes of children, as well as issues of gender and discrimination.

Sandra was an IZA Fellow from October 2002 until July 2015 and rejoined in February 2017.


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IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1416
published as 'Staying in the Classroom and out of the maternity ward? The effect of compulsory schooling laws on teenage births' in: Economic Journal, 2008, 118 (530), 1025–1054
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1269
published in: Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2005, 120 (2), 669-700
IZA Discussion Paper No. 926
published in: American Economic Review, 2005, 95 (1), 437-449
IZA Discussion Paper No. 556
published in: Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2004, 57 (4), 540-598
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