Labor Economics, Economics of Science
Economist Paula Stephan’s research focuses on the economics of science and the careers of scientists and engineers. Her recent work examines how bibliometric measures discourage risk taking in science, the relationship between international mobility and scientific productivity, how gender pairing between student and advisor relates to the productivity of Ph.D. recipients, and the economics of the postdoctoral position.
Dr. Stephan is a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar for the 2018-2019 academic year, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the Board of Reviewing Editors, Science. She was named ScienceCareers’ first Person of the Year in 2012.
She has published numerous articles in such journals as The American Economic Review, The Journal of Economic Literature, Management Science, Nature, Organization Science and PLOS One. Her book, “How Economics Shapes Science,” (Harvard University Press) has been translated into Chinese and Korean. She co-authored an earlier book with Sharon Levin, “Striking the Mother Lode in Science” (Oxford University Press).
Dr. Stephan’s research has been supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Science Foundation.
She currently serves on the National Academies Committee on the Next Generation of Researchers Initiative and the SUNY Research Council. She has served on the National Research Council’s Board of Higher Education and Workforce and the Committee to Review the State of the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers, the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council, the National Institutes of Health, and the Advisory Committee of the Social, Behavioral, and Economics Program, National Science Foundation.
Dr. Stephan has held visiting positions at Harvard University, the Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany, KU Leuven in Leuven, Belgium, the International Center for Economic Research in Turin, Italy, and the Wizzenschaftszentrum für Social Forschung, Berlin, Germany. She holds degrees from Grinnell College (Phi Beta Kappa) and the University of Michigan.