Alan Blinder to Receive 2023 Moynihan Prize

March 2, 2023

Alan Blinder, the Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, will receive the 2023 Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize from the American Academy of Political and Social Science (AAPSS), the group announced today.

The Moynihan Prize, named for the former U.S. senator from New York, is awarded annually to a leading policymaker, social scientist or public intellectual whose career demonstrates the value of using research and evidence to improve the human condition. 

Blinder, an author of many books, a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, a former official in the administration of President Bill Clinton and a former vice chair of the Federal Reserve Board, is a member of Princeton’s Class of 1967 and has been a member of the faculty since 1971.

“Alan is an exceptional policy expert and social scientist,” said Amaney Jamal, dean of Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs and the Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics. “His policy influence and reach have been and continue to be profound. We are very proud of Alan and this well-deserved honor.”

Blinder “combines world class scholarship and dedicated public service with a steadfast commitment to improving public understanding and the common good through his work,” said AAPSS President Marta Tienda, Princeton’s Maurice P. During Professor in Demographic Studies, emeritus, professor of sociology and public affairs, emeritus, and a senior scholar.

She called Blinder one of the most influential macro economists in the world. “His economics text and scores of academic papers have immeasurably improved the economics profession, and his many books, columns and op-eds have been an invaluable resource to a general public in need of plain-language depictions of complicated economic crises and economic history.”