Title: Professor Emeritus of Economics and Public Policy
Company: Columbia University
Location: Sublimity, Oregon, United States
Harold Watts, Professor Emeritus of Economics and Public Policy at Columbia University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of economics and public policy.
Accomplished in his work and acting with honesty in all he does, Dr. Watts has had numerous positions throughout his career and is currently a professor emeritus at Columbia University. He has spent time at Columbia University as a director of the Public Policy Research Center and professor of economics and public policy. Dr. Watts has been a senior fellow of mathematics policy research for Princeton, an instructor and associate professor at Yale University and was a senior research associate for the Urban Institute. He has been an associate professor of economics for the University of Wisconsin and has been the director of the Institute for Research on Poverty, which he founded in 1966. Dr. Watts considers starting this program as a highlight of his career.
In preparation for his exciting career, Dr. Watts received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oregon in 1954 and a Master of Arts from Yale University in 1956. He then earned a Doctor of Philosophy from Yale University in 1957. Succeeding in his economics courses at the University of Oregon, Dr. Watts wanted to apply this knowledge to a position where he could help others. He had been inspired by his father and James Tobin, a professor at Yale University, as well as by poverty and the legacy of President Johnson, striving to help decrease poverty by conducting research on it. Dr. Watts’ areas of expertise are in econometrics, statistical analysis and distribution of income.
Dr. Watts considers persistence a key element of his success and conducts his research with accuracy and fairness. He has been a member of numerous organizations, bettering any organization with which he is affiliated. Dr. Watts is a fellow of the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management and is a member of the Econometric Society. He is a member of the American Economic Association of the Long Island Wine Council, serving as president from 2000 to 2002 and secretary from 2004 to 2006. Recognized for his excellence, he has been the recipient of the Paul Lazarsfeld Award in 1980 and has been a Guggenheim Fellow since 1975. Dr. Watts has been the recipient of The Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and Who’s Who in the East.
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