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July 16th, 2010

Contact: Patrick Farrell, 617-358-1185 | pmfarrel@bu.edu

(Boston) – Boston University economics Professor Kevin Lang has been named a fellow of The Society of Labor Economists, the principal organization of academic labor economists. Founded to promote the study of labor economics and contributions of labor economics and labor economists, the Society publishes the Journal of Labor Economics, the premier journal in the area.

Prior to this year’s election, there were 62 Fellows of the Society. Each year up to three may be elected. To be elected, candidates must have been nominated by at least three current Fellows, receive affirmative votes on a majority of the returned ballots and be among the three candidates receiving the most votes. Society President Richard Blundell announced Lang’s election at this year’s annual meeting in June at University College London.

“This is arguably the most prestigious award in the field of labor economics,” says BU Department of Economics chairman Professor Robert Margo. “Past fellows include the most eminent names in the field along with Nobel Prize winners, including Gary Becker and James Heckman.”

Lang is co-editor of Labor Economics, the Journal of the European Association of Labor Economists. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Center for Research and Analysis of Migration (University College, London), a Fellow of the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality (Stanford University), and a member of the Advisory Board of the Canadian Employment Research Forum.

Lang holds a BA degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from Oxford University, an MSc in economics from the University of Montreal, and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before coming to BU, he spent a year at the National Bureau of Economic Research as an Olin Foundation Fellow and earlier was an assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.

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