In the Klein Chair: Dr. Wolpin

Dr. Kenneth I. Wolpin, a leading scholar in labor economics who joined Penn last year, has been named the Lawrence Klein Professor in the School of Arts and Sciences, in conjunction with his Directorship of the Institute for Economic Research here.

The Klein chair, named for the Nobel Prize-winning economist who is now Benjamin Franklin Professor Emeritus, is awarded to "scholars who will carry on the tradition of superlative teaching and research established by Dr. Klein," said Dean Rosemary Stevens in announcing the appointment of Dr. Wolpin. "The appointment testifies well to the many and varied contributions to economics that Ken Wolpin has made."

Dr. Wolpin is a 1967 alumnus of the City College of New York who completed his Ph.D. at the Graduate School of the City University of New York in 1974. He entered college teaching at Yale as assistant professor in 1976, and was promoted after three years to associate professor.

In 1983 he joined the Ohio State University as a full professor, and was named acting director, and later director, of the Center for Human Resources Research there. After holding professorships at the University of Minnesota (1987-92) and New York University (1992-95) he joined Penn as full professor and director of the Institute for Economic Research in 1995.

A Fellow of the Econometrics Society and holder of a number of scholarly fellowships and grants, Dr. Wolpin has produced over 45 publications and papers in his field, with recent titles including Empirical Methods for the Study of Labor Force Dynamics (Harwood Press, 1995); "Sisters, siblings and mothers: The effects of teen-age childbearing on birth outcomes in a dynamic context" (with M.R. Rosenzweig) in Econometra, 1995; and "Parental and public transfers to young women and their children (also with Rosenzweig) in the American Economic Review, 1994."


April 2, 1996
Volume 42 Number 26

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