Joseph G. Altonji is currently the Thomas DeWitt Cuyler Professor of Economics at Yale University. He previously held faculty positions at Columbia and Northwestern and has served as a visiting professor at Princeton and Harvard. Altonji specializes in labor economics and applied econometrics. His interests include labor market fluctuations, labor supply, consumption behavior, the economics of education, economic links among family members, race and gender in the labor market, wage determination, and econometric methods. His current research focuses on the role of families and schools in inequality, school choice programs, the link between siblings in substance use, dynamic models of earnings and family income, the effects of high school curriculum and college major on economic outcomes, the effects of labor market conditions on recent college graduates, and the use selection on observed variables to address selection on unobserved variables.
Altonji has served as a consultant to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and on a number of advisory panels, including the NAS/NRC Committee on National Statistics, the NAS/NRC Panel on Measuring Discrimination, the Federal Economic Statistics Advisory Committee, and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology STEM Undergraduate Education Working Group. He is an elected fellow of the Econometric Society, the Society of Labor Economists, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Altonji received BA and MA degrees from Yale in 1975 and a PhD from Princeton in 1981, all in economics.