CID Faculty Advisory Council member and Harvard economist Melissa Dell received the 2020 John Bates Clark Medal from the American Economic Association. This annual prize is awarded to an American economist under the age of 40 for making significant contributions in the field. Dell was recognized for her rigorous and creative work on the lasting effects that institutions and economic conditions have on different societies.
“'This recognition shows that people are interested more broadly in the sorts of questions that we study in the political economy of development... ' said Dell. 'For me, one of the key questions I am trying to better understand is how poverty and insecurity can be so persistent over time and the challenges that society faces in trying to counter them.'”