NBER Reporter: 2010 Number 3 Profiles

NBER Profile: Jens Ludwig

Research Associate Jens Ludwig co-directs the NBER's Working Group on the Economics of Crime and is a member of the Program on Children and the Program on Health Economics. He is also the McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Service Administration, Law, and Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

After receiving his doctorate in economics from Duke University, Ludwig was on the public policy faculty at Georgetown University. His research focuses on urban problems related to crime, housing, health, and education.

Ludwig is a co-editor of the Journal of Human Resources and a member of the Institute of Medicine / National Academy of Sciences Board on Children, Youth and Families. In 2006 Ludwig received the David N. Kershaw prize for "distinguished contributions to public policy analysis and management by age 40." He lives in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago with his wife Liz, daughter Annika, and rescue mutt Trixi.

Jens Ludwig

NBER Profile: Brigitte Madrian

Brigitte Madrian has been an NBER Research Associate since 2001 in the Programs on Health Care, Aging, Labor Studies, and Public Economics. She is the Aetna Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and Director of the Social Science Program at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Madrian received her Ph.D. in economics from MIT and a BA/MA in economics from Brigham Young University. Before joining the Kennedy School faculty in 2006, Madrian was at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School from 2003-6, the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business from 1995-2003, and in Harvard University's Economics Department from 1993-5.

Her current research focuses on household saving and investment behavior. Her work in this area has influenced the design of employer-sponsored savings plans in the United States and pension reform legislation both here and abroad. She also has examined the impact of health insurance on the job choice and retirement decisions of employees and on the hiring decisions of firms.

Madrian is co-editor of the Journal of Human Resources and a recipient of the TIAA-CREF Paul A. Samuelson Award for Scholarly Research on Lifelong Financial Security in 2002.

Brigitte lives in Wellesley, MA with her husband David, her two daughters Erika (14) and Liesel (10), and their two adorable Coton de Tulear puppies, Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley.

Brigitte Madrian

NBER Profile: Valerie Ramey

Valerie Ramey is a Research Associate in the NBER's Program on Economic Fluctuations and Growth and the Program on Monetary Economics. She is also a professor in the Economics Department at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and is Chair of the Institute for Applied Economics there.

Ramey received a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from the University of Arizona in 1981 and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1987. She joined the UCSD faculty in that year.

He research has addressed such topics as the behavior of inventories, volatility and growth, the effects of government spending, the source of business cycle fluctuations, wage inequality, and time use. She is past macroeconomics co-editor of the American Economic Review, and is a member of the Federal Economic Statistics Advisory Committee.

Ramey lives in San Diego with her husband Garey Ramey (also an economics professor at UCSD), and their two children: Sean, who is studying engineering at Stanford, and Michelle, who is a high school junior. When she is not studying other people's use of leisure time, she enjoys cooking ethnic cuisines, boogie boarding at La Jolla Shores, dancing, and attending the theatre.

Valerie Ramey

NBER Profile: Florian Zettelmeyer

Florian Zettelmeyer is a Research Associate in the NBER's Program in Industrial Organization. He also holds the J.L. Kellogg Chair in Marketing at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

Zettelmeyer received a Vordiplom in business engineering from the University of Karlsruhe (Germany), a M.Sc. in economics from the University of Warwick (UK), and a Ph.D. in marketing from MIT. Prior to his appointment at Kellogg, he was an Associate Professor of Marketing and chair of the marketing group at the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley.

His research deals with how information asymmetries between firms and consumers affect how well consumers do in markets. Recently he has focused on the automobile industry, investigating both informational and environmental issues associated with cars and car purchasing behavior.

Florian Zettelmeyer
NBER Videos

National Bureau of Economic Research, 1050 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138; 617-868-3900; email:

Contact Us