Janet Currie is the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University and the Director of Princeton’s Center for Health and Well Being as well as the Chair of the Department of Economics at Princeton. She also directs the Program on Families and Children at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the 2014 Eleanor Roosevelt Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, and a Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists. She was elected Vice President of the American Economics Association in 2010, and President of the Society of Labor Economists in 2014. She is the 2015 recipient of the American Economic Associations Carolyn Shaw Bell award for the promotion of the role of women in Economics. She has also served as a consultant for the National Health Interview Survey and the National Longitudinal Surveys and on the advisory board of the National Children’s Study. She is an affiliate of IZA in Bonn. She is on the board of reviewing editors of Science and has served as Editor of the Journal of Economic Literature and on the editorial board of the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and has also served several other journals in an editorial capacity including the Journal of Health Economics, the Journal of Labor Economics, and the Journal of Public Economics.
Her research focuses on the health and well-being of children. She has written about early intervention programs, programs to expand health insurance and improve health care, public housing, and food and nutrition programs. Her current research focuses on socioeconomic differences in child health, and on environmental threats to children’s health.