Pro­fessor for­ti­fies inter­dis­ci­pli­nary program

Boston, Mass.- North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has announced the appoint­ment of William T. Dickens as Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Eco­nomics and Social Policy to the Col­lege of Arts & Sci­ences. Dickens will join the fac­ulty of the School of Social Sci­ence, Urban Affairs, & Public Policy in the fall of 2008.

I am hon­ored to join the North­eastern Uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity and the School of Social Sci­ence, Urban Affairs, & Public Policy,” said Dickens. “It is an insti­tu­tion that strongly embraces aca­d­emic and applied research, teaching and col­lab­o­ra­tion between dis­ci­plines and part­ner­ships between acad­emia and industry.”

Dickens, an inter­na­tion­ally renowned expert in labor mar­kets, wage deter­mi­na­tion, unem­ploy­ment, mon­e­tary policy, inner-​​city employ­ment prob­lems, effects of trade on employ­ment and wages, poverty, income sup­port, intel­li­gence testing and psy­chology and eco­nomics, will play a cru­cial role in the university’s inter­dis­ci­pli­nary schol­ar­ship efforts.

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and the Col­lege of Arts & Sci­ences proudly antic­i­pate the addi­tion of Bill Dickens to the inter­dis­ci­pli­nary fac­ulty,” said James Stellar, Dean of the Col­lege of Arts & Sci­ences. “At North­eastern, Bill will be able to com­bine his knowl­edge and mas­tery of eco­nomics and psy­chology. His back­ground and exper­tise will surely add to the impetus gen­er­ated by our existing mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary research endeavors and aca­d­emic initiatives.”

During his first year at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, Dickens will be a Vis­iting Scholar at the Rus­sell Sage Foun­da­tion where he will pursue writing and research as part of an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary group studying the mal­leability of cog­ni­tive ability. Each year, the Rus­sell Sage Foun­da­tion con­ducts a com­pe­ti­tion for its fel­low­ship pro­gram which brings a small number of scholars to its New York head­quar­ters to inves­ti­gate topics in social and behav­ioral sciences.

Mem­bers of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity fac­ulty are praising the addi­tion of a new scholar of Dickens’ prominence.

Bill will add sig­nif­i­cant strength to the eco­nomics depart­ment and to our Ph.D. pro­gram with his pro­fi­ciency in labor eco­nomics,” said Steven A. Mor­rison, Pro­fessor and Chair in the Depart­ment of Economics.

Bill has devel­oped a novel core center for research and quan­ti­ta­tive methods and we look for­ward to gaining his exper­tise at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity,” added Barry Blue­stone, Rus­sell B. and Andree B. Stearns Trustee Pro­fessor of Polit­ical Economy, and director of the Center for Urban and Regional Policy.

About William T. Dickens

Dickens is just ending his tenure as the Thomas Schelling Vis­iting Pro­fessor in the School of Public Policy at the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land. He is also a non-​​resident senior fellow in the Eco­nomics Studies Pro­gram at The Brook­ings Insti­tu­tion, a non­profit public policy orga­ni­za­tion based in Wash­ington, DC, where he researches the mal­leability of cog­ni­tive ability; fiscal effects of invest­ment in early edu­ca­tion; the rela­tion­ship of infla­tion, wage and unem­ploy­ment; and eco­nomic devel­op­ment. Dickens was in res­i­dence at Brook­ings from 1994 to 2007.

Dickens is cur­rently co-​​director of a major inter­na­tional research project on wage rigidity. The project relies on data on indi­vidual wage changes to mea­sure the extent, nature, causes and con­se­quences of wage rigidity and is a col­lab­o­ra­tive effort involving Brook­ings, the New York Fed­eral Reserve Bank, the Euro­pean Cen­tral Bank, and econ­o­mist from 13 country teams. In addi­tion, Dickens is devel­oping tests and appli­ca­tions of his new model of cog­ni­tive ability pub­lished in Psy­cho­log­ical Review.

Dickens was for­merly a senior econ­o­mist for the President’s Council of Eco­nomic Advisers; pro­fessor of Eco­nomics at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­fornia, Berkeley (1980–1995); vis­iting assis­tant pro­fessor at the Sloan School of Man­age­ment, M.I.T. (1986); and a con­sul­tant for The World Bank.

Dickens received his B.A. in social studies from Bard Col­lege in 1976 and his Ph.D. in eco­nomics from M.I.T. in 1981.

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Samantha Fodrowski at 617–373-5427 or at s.​fodrowski@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.