My Stanford classmate and friend, Susan Athey (Harvard) has won the John Bates Clark Medal for 2007 (click here). It is awarded each year for the best economist in the US under 40 years old. Susan joins an incredible but really short list of winners.
She is both one of the younger winners of the award and also the very first woman in its 60 year history. Susan is both one of the most talented economists and also genuinely nice people in the whole profession. With 2 kids under her belt as well, Susan will continue to be a role model for so many and hopefully continue to go onwards and upwards for more achievements. I will blog later on about what precisely she did to get this honor but for the moment I wanted to express my own excitment for one the academic economics profession got right.