Orley Ashenfelter
Born (1942-10-18) October 18, 1942 (age 81)
San Francisco, California, US
Academic career
InstitutionPrinceton University
FieldLabor economics, applied econometrics
Alma materPrinceton University
Claremont McKenna College
Albert Rees
Stephen Goldfeld
Robert LaLonde
John Driffill
Henry Farber
Joseph Altonji
David E. Bloom
David Card[1]
Janet Currie
Joshua Angrist
AwardsJacob Mincer Award (2005)
IZA Prize in Labor Economics (2003)
Frisch Medal (1982)
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

Orley Clark Ashenfelter (born October 18, 1942)[2] is an American economist and the Joseph Douglas Green 1895 Professor of Economics at Princeton University. His areas of specialization include labor economics, econometrics, and law and economics. He was influential in contributing to the applied turn in economics.


Orley Aschenfelter attended most of his K-12 education in National City, a suburb of San Diego. He graduated from Sweetwater H.S., in 1960, achieving many honors there. Born in San Francisco, Ashenfelter attended Claremont McKenna Men's College. Ashenfelter received a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University in 1970, having completed a doctoral dissertation titled "Racial discrimination and labor markets".[3][4] He has been director of the Office of Evaluation of the U.S. Department of Labor, a Guggenheim Fellow, and the Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor at the University of Bristol. He was awarded the Frisch Medal in 1982. He is a recipient of the IZA Prize in Labor Economics, the Mincer Award for Lifetime Achievement of the Society of Labor Economists, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Society of Labor Economics, and a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He also served as editor of the American Economic Review. He analyzed the results of the Judgment of Paris wine tasting event with Richard E. Quandt.[5][6] He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1993.[2] He is currently[when?] President of the American Association of Wine Economists and an editor of the Journal of Wine Economics. Orley Ashenfelter has provided expert economic testimony in numerous legal cases, including U.S. v. Apple (which focused on price-fixing in the market for eBooks), and the 1997 review of the proposed merger between Office Depot and Staples Inc.[7] In 1998, he and Richard Posner co-founded American Law and Economics Review, and served jointly as editors-in-chief from then until 2005.[8]

Charles University

Since the early 1990s, Ashenfelter has actively participated in the process of restoration of doctoral education and research in economics in the Czech Republic. Since 1999, he has been on the board of directors of the CERGE-EI Foundation, which aims to foster economics education in the region and which supports the doctoral program in economics at CERGE-EI, the joint workplace of the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education (CERGE) of Charles University, Prague, and of the Economics Institute (EI) of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Between 2001 and 2007 he has also been a member of the Executive and Supervisory Committee of CERGE-EI.

The Scientific Council of the Faculty of Social Sciences awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Charles University in Prague on the January 15, 2014.[citation needed]



  1. ^ David Card BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award Awarded In 2014
  2. ^ a b "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter A" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  3. ^ Ashenfelter, Orley (1970). Racial discrimination and labor markets.
  4. ^ Ashenfelter, Orley (1970). Racial discrimination and labor markets. Princeton, N. J.
  5. ^ Orley Ashenfelter and Richard E. Quandt Analyzing a Wine Tasting Statistically
  6. ^ Taber, G. (2005). The Judgment of Paris: California vs France. New York: Simon & Schuster. pp. 159–160. ISBN 0-7432-4751-5.
  7. ^ Baker, Jonathan (July 18, 1997). "Econometric Analysis in FTC v. Staples". Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  8. ^ Domnarski, William (2016). Richard Posner. Oxford University Press. p. 147. ISBN 9780199332311.
  9. ^ "APS Member History". search.amphilsoc.org. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
Academic offices Preceded byRobert Hall President of the American Economic Association 2011– 2012 Succeeded byChristopher A. Sims