Janet M. Currie

Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs
Co-Director of Princeton's Center for Health and Wellbeing
185 Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building

Ph.D. Economics
Princeton University, 1988


Janet Currie is the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University and the Co-director of Princeton's Center for Health and Wellbeing.  She also co-directs the Program on Families and Children at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  Currie is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and of the American Academy of Art and Sciences.  She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the Society of Labor Economists, and of the Econometric Society, and has honorary degrees from the University of Lyon and the University of Zurich.  She was named a Nomis Distinguished Scientist in 2019. She has served as the President of the American Society of Health Economics, the Society of Labor Economics, and the Eastern Economic Association, and as the Vice President of the American Economic Association.   She has served on the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science, as the Editor of the Journal of Economic Literature, and on the editorial boards of many other journals.  Currie is a pioneer in the economic analysis of child development.  Her current research focuses on socioeconomic differences in health and access to health care, environmental threats to health, the important role of mental health, and the long-run impact of health problems in pregnancy and early childhood.

Selected Publications

Ginther, D. K., Currie, J. M., Blau, F. D., & Croson, R. T. A. (2020). Can Mentoring Help Female Assistant Professors in Economics? An Evaluation by Randomized Trial
    AEA Papers and Proceedings, 110, 205. https://doi.org/DOI: 10.1257/pandp.20201121

Currie, J. (2020). Child Health as Human Capital. Health Economics, 29(4), 452. https://doi.org/doi: 10.1002/hec.3995
PMID: 31965679

Currie, J., Kleven, H., & Zwiers, E. (2020). Data and Code for Technology and Big Data Are Changing Economics: Mining Text to Track Methods. Openicpsr, https://doi.org/https://www.openicpsr.org/openicpsr/project/120827/version/V1/view;jsessionid=C3D4770D4FE44EAC0B7010081B1F943F

Chorniy, A., Currie, J., & Sonchak, L. (2020). Does Prenatal WIC Participation Improve Child Outcomes? American Journal of Public Health, 6(2), 169. https://doi.org/doi: 10.1086/707832

Currie, J., & Rossin-Slater, M. (2020). Does the WIC Program Promote Equality of Opportunity in Early Life? In L. Tach, R. Dunifon & D. Miller (Eds.), Confronting Inequality: How Policies and Practices Shape Children's Opportunities (pp. 49). American Psychological Association.

Currie, J. M., Rafferty, J. A., Bassett, M. T., & Groves, R. (2020). Evaluating Data Types: A Guide for Decision Makers Using Data to Understand the Extent and Spread of Covid-19. National Academy of Sciences Societal Experts Action Network (SEAN) (). The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/https://www.nap.edu/read/25826/chapter/1

Currie, J. M. (2020). Inequality Before Birth Contributes to Health Inequality In Adults: Improving Newborn Health Is More Essential Now Than Ever. Scientific American, 343(4)https://doi.org/https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/inequality-before-birth-contributes-to-health-inequality-in-adults/

Currie, J., & Schnell, M. (2020). Letter to the Editor: Medical School Ranking and Physician Opioid Prescribing. Journal General Internal Medicine, 35(8), 2477. https://doi.org/doi: 10.1007/s11606-020-05797-z

Ginther, D. K., Currie, J. M., Blau, F. D., & Croson, R. T. A. (2020). Mentoring Matters for Women in Economics. In S. Lundberg (Ed.), Women in Economics: Challenges and Opportunities along the Pipeline (). CEPR Press.

Currie, J., Schwandt, H., & Thuilliez, J. (2020). Pauvreté, Egalité, Mortalité: Mortality (In)Equality in France and the United States. Journal of Population Economics, 33, 197. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1007/s00148-019-00736-7

Currie, J., Henrik, K., & Esmée, Z. (2020). Technology and Big Data Are Changing Economics: Mining Text to Track Methods
. AEA Papers and Proceedings, 110(42)https://doi.org/DOI: 10.1257/pandp.20201058

Cuddy, E., & Currie, J. (2020). Treatment of Mental Ilness in American Adolescents Varies Wdely within and Across Areas. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 117(1), 24039. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2007484117

Currie, J. M., & Macleod, W. B. (2020). Understanding Doctor Decision Making: The Case of Depression Treatment. Econometrica: Journal of the Econometric Society, 88(3), 847. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.3982/ecta16591

Currie, J. (2020). What We Say And What We Do: Why US Investments In Children's Health Are Falling Short. Health Affairs, 39(10), 1684. https://doi.org/doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2020.00633
PMID: 33017250

Alexander, D., Currie, J., & Schnell, M. (2019). Check Up before You Check Out: Retail Clinics and Emergency Room Use. Journal of Public Economics, 178https://doi.org/https://drive.google.com/file/d/17ihu23FUOb_hGZnz9lj_kLAX8wMzmCLr/view

Simeonova, E., Currie, J., Nilsson, P., & Walker, R. (2019). Congestion Pricing, Air Pollution, and Children's Health

. Journal of Human Resources, Octhttps://doi.org/doi: 10.3368/jhr.56.4.0218-9363R2

Pesko, M. F., & Currie, J. M. (2019). The Effect of E-Cigarette Minimum Legal Sale Age Laws on Cigarette Use and Birth Outcomes among Pregnant Teenagers. Journal of Health Economics, 66, 71. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhealeco.2019.05.003

Currie, J., & Duque, V. (2019). Medicaid: What Does it Do and Can We Do it Better? The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 686(1), 148. https://doi.org/https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0002716219874772

Baker, M., Currie, J., & Schwandt, H. (2019). Mortality Inequality in Canada and the U.S.: Convergent or Divergent Trends. Journal of Labor Economics, 37(S2), S325. https://doi.org/DOI 10.1086/703259

Currie, J., & Walker, R. (2019). What Do Economists Have to Say About the Clean Air Act 50 Years After the Establishment of the EPA? Journal of Economic Perspectives, 433(4), 3. https://doi.org/https://www.aeaweb.org/articles?id=10.1257/jep.33.4.3

Currie, J., Ho., B., Kelly, R., & Kuziemko, I. (2019). Who Will Be Our Moral Conscience Now? A Tribute To Uwe Reinhardt. Health Affairs Blog, https://doi.org/do/10.1377/hblog20190805.922868/full/

Schnell, M., & Currie, J. (2018). Addressing the opioid epidemic: Is there a role for physician education? American Journal of Health Economics, 3(Summer)

Aizer, A., Janet, M. C., Simon, P., & Vivier, P. (2018). Do Low Levels of Blood Lead Reduce Children’s Future Test Score? American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 10(1), 307.

Chorniy, A., Currie, J., & Sonchak, L. (2018). Exploding Asthma and ADHD Caseloads: The Role of Medicaid Managed Care. Journal of Health Economics, 60

Flores, G., Lin, H., Walker, C., Lee, M., Currie, J. M., Allgeyer, R., … Massey, K. (2018). Parent Mentoring Program Increases Coverage Rates For Uninsured Latino Children. Health Affairs, 37(3)
PMID: 29505379

Currie, J., Schwandt, H., & Thuilliez, J. (2018). Pauvreté, Egalité, Mortalité: Mortality (In)Equality in France and the United States. National Bureau of Economic Research,
NBER Working Paper No. 24623

Turner, J. P., Currie, J., Trimble, J., & Tannenbaum, C. (2018). Strategies to Promote Public Engagement Around Deprescribing. Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety, 9(11), 653. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1177/2042098618794165

Currie, J., Jin, J., & Schnell, M. (2018). U.S. Employment and Opioids: Is There a Connection? National Bureau of Economic Research,
NBER Working Paper No. 24440