Biography:Robert LaLonde

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Robert John LaLonde (1958 – 2018) was an American economist who specialized in the fields of labor economics and econometrics. He received his A.B. degree from the University of Chicago in 1980.[1] He then attended Princeton University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1985 under the supervision of Orley Ashenfelter. His own Ph.D. students included Brian Jacob.[2] He joined the faculty of the University of Chicago in 1985 as Associate Professor of Industrial Relations at the Graduate School of Business and was a Visiting Associate Professor of The Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies from 1994-1995. In 1995, LaLonde joined Michigan State University as an Associate Professor of Economics for three years.[3] In 1999, he went on to spend the remainder of professional career at the University of Chicago,[4] where he was professor and director of the Ph.D. program in the Harris School of Public Policy.[1] In addition to his academic appointments, he was a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research in 1986, and was a senior staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers from 1987 to 1988. He joined the IZA Institute of Labor Economics as a research fellow in 2001.[3] He was honored with a conference held by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2016.[1] He died on January 17, 2018, after a long illness.[5]


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