David Deming, the Isabelle and Scott Black Professor of Political Economy, has been awarded the Sherwin Rosen Prize for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Labor Economics by the Society of Labor Economists.

The biennial award recognizes scholars whose early work has made an impact in the field. Past recipients have included MIT’s Daron Acemoglu, the University of Chicago’s Marianne Bertrand, Harvard University’s Raj Chetty, and David Autor, visiting professor of public policy at HKS.

Deming, HKS’s academic dean, directs the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy and is also professor of education and economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research focuses on the economics of skill development, education, and labor markets.

He co-directs the Project on Workforce, an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Wiener Center, the Harvard Business School Managing the Future of Work Project, and the Graduate School of Education, which aims to shape a postsecondary education system that creates better pathways to economic mobility.

Together with Chetty and Brown University’s John Friedman, Deming also founded the Collegiate Leaders in Increasing MoBility (CLIMB), which uses big data to understand which colleges move people up the income ladder, and why and how they do it.