Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Currie, Janet
Location Princeton University
Primary Field Economic Sciences
 Election Citation
Currie is an expert on the determinants of child health and wellbeing including economic and family circumstances, the environment, and public programs.
 Research Interests
Janet Currie's lab currently focuses on socioeconomic differences in health and access to health care, environmental threats to health, and the important role of mental health. Her work at Princeton's Center for Health and Wellbeing relies on the 'big data' produced by government and health care systems in the course of their day-to-day operations. Using data on millions of individuals allows her to assess the effects of natural experiments stemming from such things as policy changes, weather conditions, or idiosyncratic location-specific differences in provider behavior. Data from the administrative records are linked to the relevant experiments using techniques from geographical information systems. Much of her work is concerned with the circumstances in which it is statistically reasonable to make causal inferences about the effects of the natural experiments in question.

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