By Liz Warren-Pederson
Thomas R. Brown Professor of Economics Price Fishback is one of five new members elected to the Cliometric Society’s 2012 Fellows. Cliometrics is the application of economic theory and quantitative techniques to describe and explain historical events. The Cliometric Society is an academic organization of individuals interested in the use of economic theory and statistical techniques to study economic history.
Fishback is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a fellow of the TIAA-CREF Institute, and a research affiliate of the Centre for Economic History at Australian National University. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington prior to joining the faculty at the University of Georgia in 1982, where he remained until moving to Arizona in 1993. In the interim, he has held visiting positions at the University of Texas and Oxford University.
In 2000 Fishback won the Paul Samuelson Award for outstanding scholarly writing on lifelong financial security for his book, A Prelude to the Welfare State: The Origins of Workers Compensation, coauthored with Shawn Kantor. The book also received the Richard A. Lester Prize from Princeton University for the outstanding book in labor economics and industrial relations. His 1996 research with Kantor on worker’s compensation was awarded the Cole Prize for best article published in the Journal of Economic History. In 2010 he was the co-winner, with Leah Platt Bouston and Shawn Kantor, of the IPUMS-US/IPUMS-CPS Research Award for their work on Depression era migration and labor markets. In 2002 the Cliometric Society honored him for a lifetime of service. He has also been recognized as an outstanding teacher, winning multiple awards at both the University of Arizona and University of Georgia.
Fishback served as co-editor of the Journal of Economic History from 2008 to 2012, has served as a trustee for the Cliometric Society and the Economic History Association, and is currently a member of the executive committee of the International Economic History Association. He has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Earhart Foundation, and the Bradley Foundation. He has mentored more than two dozen graduate student dissertations, nine of which have been awarded dissertation grants from the National Science Foundation.
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