Focus areas: labor economics, education economics, intergenerational mobility, discrimination

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), a Research Affiliate at IZA, 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.

Research & Publications

May 2019|NBER Working Paper No. 21409|Sandra E. Black, Paul J. Devereux, Petter Lundborg, Kaveh Majlesi

Poor Little Rich Kids? The Role of Nature versus Nurture in Wealth and Other Economic Outcomes and Behaviors

January 2019|Review of Economic Studies|Sandra E. Black, Marianne Bertrand, Sissel Jensen, Adriana Lleras-Muney

Breaking the Glass Ceiling: The Effect of Board Quotas on Female Labor Market Outcomes in Norway

May 2018|Review of Economics and Statistics|Sandra E. Black, Erik Grönqvist, Björn Öckert

Born to Lead? The Effect of Birth Order on Non-Cognitive Skills

October 2017|NBER Working Paper No. 18987|Sandra E. Black, Aline Bütikofer, Paul Devereux, Kjell Salvanes

This Is Only a Test? Long-Run and Intergenerational Impacts of Prenatal Exposure to Radioactive Downfall

October 2017|Journal of Finance|Sandra E. Black, Paul Devereux, Petter Lundborg, Kaveh Majlesi

On the Origins of Risk-Taking in Financial Markets