John Bates Clark Medal

Since 1947, the American Economic Association has biannually awarded the John Bates Clark Medal to the economist under 40 who has made the most important contributions to economics. Among economists, the Clark Medal is generally regarded as being as important as the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

John Bates Clark Medal Recipients

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    Andrei Shleifer

    Professor of Finance and Business Economics, 1989–90; Assistant Professor, 1987–89

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      Dale W. Jorgenson

      Ford Foundation Research Professor in Economics, 1962–63

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        Daniel McFadden

        Visiting Associate Professor in Economics, 1966–67

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          David Card

          Assistant Professor of Business Economics,1982–83

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            Franklin M. Fisher

            Assistant Professor in Economics, 1959–60

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              Gary S. Becker (1930–2014)

              AM'53, PhD'55; University Professor in Economics and Sociology and University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 1970–present

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                James J. Heckman

                Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and Public Policy, 1995–present; Henry Schultz Professor in the Harris School of Public Policy, 1990–95, and in Economics, 1985–95; Professor in Economics, 1977–85; Associate Professor, 1973–77

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                  Kenneth E. Boulding (1910–1993)

                  Research Associate

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                    Kenneth J. Arrow

                    LLD'67; Assistant Professor in Economics, 1948–49; Research Associate and Instructor, 1947–48

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                      Kevin M Murphy

                      PhD'86; George J. Stigler Professor of Economics, 2002–present; Professor of Business Economics and Industrial Relations, 1989–93; Associate Professor, 1988–89; Assistant Professor, 1986–88; Lecturer, 983–86; Teaching Associate in Economics, 1982–83

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                        Lawrence R. Klein

                        Researcher in Economics, 1942–43

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                          Marc Leon Nerlove


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                            Matthew Gentzkow

                            Richard O. Ryan Professor of Economics, 2013–present; Professor of Economics and Neubauer Family Faculty Fellow, 2009–2013; Associate Professor of Economics, 2008–2009; Assistant Professor of Economics, 2004–2008; John Huizinga Faculty Fellow, 2007–2008

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                              Milton Friedman (1912–2006)

                              AM'33; Paul Snowden Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, 1982–2006; Paul Snowden Distinguished Service Professor in Economics, 1962–82; Professor, 1948–62; Associate Professor, 1946–48; Research Assistant in the Social Science Research Committee, 1934–35

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                                Paul A. Samuelson

                                AB'35, LLD'61

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                                  Sanford J. Grossman

                                  AB'73, AM’74, PhD’75; Professor in Economics, 1981–85

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                                    Steven Levitt

                                    Alvin H. Baum Professor of Economics, 2002–present; Professor, 1999–2002; Associate Professor, 1998–99; Assistant Professor, 1997–98

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                                      Zvi Griliches (1930–1999)

                                      AM'55, PhD'57; Professor in Economics, 1964–69; Associate Professor, 1960–64; Assistant Professor, 1956–59