|Born||October 18, 1942|
San Francisco, California
|Field||Labor economics, applied econometrics|
|Alma mater||Princeton University|
Claremont McKenna College
David E. Bloom
|Awards||Jacob Mincer Award (2005)|
IZA Prize in Labor Economics (2003)
Frisch Medal (1982)
|Information at IDEAS / RePEc|
Orley Clark Ashenfelter (born October 18, 1942) is an American economist. He is a professor of economics at Princeton University and also the director of the Industrial Relations Section at Princeton University. His areas of specialization include labor economics, econometrics, and law and economics.
Born in San Francisco, Ashenfelter attended Claremont McKenna Men's College. He has been director of the Office of Evaluation of the U.S. Department of Labor, a Guggenheim Fellow, and the Benjamin Meeker Visiting Professor at the University of Bristol. He was awarded the Frisch Medal in 1982. He is a recipient of the IZA Prize in Labor Economics, the Mincer Award for Lifetime Achievement of the Society of Labor Economists, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Society of Labor Economics, and a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He also served as editor of the American Economic Review. He analyzed the results of the Judgment of Paris wine tasting event with Richard E. Quandt. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1993. He is currently President of the American Association of Wine Economists and an editor of the Journal of Wine Economics. Orley Ashenfelter has provided expert economic testimony in numerous legal cases, including U.S. v. Apple (which focused on price-fixing in the market for eBooks), and the 1997 review of the proposed merger between Office Depot and Staples Inc. In 1998, he and Richard Posner co-founded American Law and Economics Review, and served jointly as editors-in-chief from then until 2005.
Since the early 1990s, Ashenfelter has actively participated in the process of restoration of doctoral education and research in economics in the Czech Republic. Since 1999, he has been on the Board of Directors of the CERGE-EI Foundation, which aims to foster economics education in the region and which supports the doctoral program in economics at CERGE-EI, the joint workplace of the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education (CERGE) of Charles University, Prague, and of the Economics Institute (EI) of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Between 2001 and 2007 he has also been a member of the Executive and Supervisory Committee of CERGE-EI.