Jacob Mincer

Born July 15, 1922 in Tomaszew-Lubelski, Poland

Died August 20, 2006 in New York City

1938 Undergraduate student, Technical University (Brno, Czechoslovakia)

Engineering studies interrupted Spring 1939; war years spent in German concentration camps

1948 Hillel Foundation Scholarship to resume education in United States

1950 B.A. Phi Beta Kkappa, Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia)

1950 Doctoral candidate in Economics, University of Chicago

Moved to New York with future wife, Flora Kaplan, M.D.; transferred to Columbia Ph.D. program

1954–56 Instructor, City College of New York

1957 Ph.D., Columbia University

1957–58 Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Chicago

1958–60 Assistant Professor, City College of New York

1959 Associate Professor, Columbia University

1960 Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc. (NBER)

1962 Full Professor, Columbia University

1964 Visiting Professor, Hebrew University (Jerusalem)

Research at the Instituto Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1967 Fellow, American Statistical Association

Universidad Nacional de Tucuman, Argentina

1970–71 Guggenheim Fellowship

1971 Visiting Professor, Stockholm School of Economics

1973 Fellow, American Econometric Society

1973–74 Visiting Professor, University of Chicago

1974 Elected Member, National Academy of Education

1974 Elected Member, National Academy of Arts and Sciences

1979 Appointed to Named Chair, Buttenweiser Professor of Economics and Social Relations

1989 Distinguished Fellow, American Economic Association

1991 Professor Emeritus, Columbia University

1991 Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Chicago

2000 Elected Member, National Academy of Sciences

2002 Inaugural IZA Prize in Labor Economics, Institute for the Study of Labor (Bonn, Germany)

2004 Inaugural Career Achievement Award for Lifetime Contributions to the Field of Labor Economics (Gary Becker, co-recipient), Society of Labor Economics, University of Chicago

Thereafter, prize renamed in Jacob Mincer’s honor