Janet M. Currie

Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs
Co-Director, Center for Health and Wellbeing
Office Phone
185A Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building

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.


Ph.D. Economics
Princeton University, 1988

Selected Publications

“Rules vs. Discretion: Treatment of Mental Illness in U.S. Adolescents,” The Journal of Political Economy, with Emily Cuddy, forthcoming

“To What Extent are Trends in Teen Mental Health Driven by Changes in Reporting? The Example of Suicide-Related Hospital Visits,” Journal of Human Resources, with Adriana Corredor-Waldron, forthcoming

“The Economics of Child Mental Health: Introducing the Volume,” Journal of Human Resources, forthcoming

“Doing More with Less: Predicting Primary Care Provider Effectiveness,”(Link is external) forthcoming, The Review of Economics and Statistics, with Jonathan Zhang

“Medication of Postpartum Depression and Maternal Outcomes: Evidence from Geographic Variation in Dutch Prescribing,”(Link is external) The Journal of Human Resources, with Esmée Zwiers