Melissa Dell Wins 2020 Clark Medal

May 4, 2020
Melissa Dell headshot portrait


IQSS faculty affiliate Melissa Dell has been named the 2020 recipient of the American Economic Association (AEA)’s prestigious Clark Medal.

The John Bates Clark Medal is an annual award granted to an economist working in the United States “who is judged to have made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge.” Dell, Professor of Economics, is recognized this year for her research in topics on the long-term effects on society caused by conflicts, accidents, and state institutions (such as Spanish colonial mining in South America). 

According to a statement by the AEA, “Through her pioneering careful and creative data collection and empirical work, Melissa Dell has advanced our understanding of the role state and other institutions play in the daily lives of and economic outcomes of ordinary people. In doing so she has also given a new energy and direction to the entire field of political economy and development.”

You can find more information on Melissa Dell and her work in economics in this Harvard Gazette profile: "Melissa Dell wins 2020 Clark Medal"