Robert A. Moffitt

Fellow: Awarded 2009

Field of Study: Economics

Competition: US & Canada


Robert Moffitt is Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Economics at Johns Hopkins University, where he has worked since September 1995. Prior to assuming his position at Johns Hopkins, Professor Moffitt was Professor of Economics at Brown University, where he taught for eleven years. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Maryland, and worked for several years at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Professor Moffitt's research is on the economics of the labor market, the family, and welfare systems for the poor. He has also studied statistical methodological issues in social science research. During the term of his Guggenheim Fellowship, he will be studying the increase in volatility of earnings in the U.S. labor market.

Professor Moffitt is the chief editor of the American Economic Review, a past coeditor of the Review of Economics and Statistics, and serves on several government advisory committees and commissions. He is an active participant in federal and state policy gatherings on welfare reform and other social policy issues and is currently Vice President of the Population Association of America. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of a MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health.