David Card

Class of 1950 Professor Emeritus of Economics,
Professor of the Graduate School,
Director, Econometrics Laboratory (EML),
University of California, Berkeley

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David Card is a world-renowned economist with wide-ranging econometric and statistical expertise. Professor Card has served as an expert witness in antitrust, labor, consumer fraud and product liability, and statistical sampling matters.

In 2021, Professor Card was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his empirical contributions to labor economics, and particularly for pioneering research on social and economic forces that affect low-wage workers. His work covers topics that include immigration, wages, education, and gender- and race-related differences in the labor market. He also has expertise in complex statistical techniques such as machine learning (ML) algorithms, which are central to cases alleging algorithmic discrimination.

Professor Card has provided testimony in numerous matters, both in depositions and at trial. He testified in Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College et al., a high-profile trial addressing Harvard College’s use of race in its undergraduate admissions process.

Professor Card coauthored the book Myth and Measurement: The New Economics of the Minimum Wage, and has coedited multiple books, including Immigration, Poverty, and Socioeconomic Inequality, as well as several volumes of the Handbook of Labor Economics. He has published over one hundred journal articles or book chapters and has served as coeditor of Econometrica and the American Economic Review.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, Professor Card taught at Princeton University. He has served as a visiting professor at Harvard University, Columbia University, and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. A former director of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Labor Studies Program, Professor Card has been elected a fellow of the Econometric Society, the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Among his numerous awards, Professor Card received the American Economic Association’s 1995 John Bates Clark Medal, which honors the economist under forty whose work is judged to have made the most significant contribution to the field. The Econometric Society has honored him with the Frisch Medal Award, and he received BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award for his contributions to evidence-based economic policy.

Professional Affiliations
    • American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    • American Economic Association
    • Econometric Society
    • National Academy of Sciences
    • Society of Labor Economists
    • Western Economic Association International
Press Release

David Card Awarded 2021 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences


Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College et al.