David Deming Named Winner of 2018 David N. Kershaw Award and Prize
November 7, 2018
Opportunity Insights

David J. Deming has been selected to receive the David N. Kershaw Award and Prize for his contributions to the field of public policy analysis and management.

Deming will receive the award from the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) at its Fall Research Conference in Washington, D.C., where he will also deliver a talk entitled, “What Does Education Do?” on November 9th.

Deming has conducted extensive research in the areas of secondary education and employment training and job skills. He is a professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and professor of education and economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and co-director the Harvard Inequality and Social Policy program at the Kennedy School’s Malcolm Weiner Center for Social Policy and is a Research Principal with Opportunity Insights. He helped to establish our Collegiate Leaders in Increasing MoBility (CLIMB) Initiative between colleges and universities, policymakers, and researchers that seeks to better understand higher education’s role in facilitating social mobility.

“David’s work embodies APPAM’s mission to improve public policy through research and analysis that moves the needle on our biggest social challenges,” said APPAM President-elect and Mathematica vice president Matthew Stagner. “His research on the importance of education and training has not only advanced our collective understanding of the issues at play, but his approach through CLIMB highlights the role researchers can play in finding real-world solutions, as well.”

Deming is the 19th winner of the David N. Kershaw Award and Prize, established to recognize young professionals under the age of 40 who have made distinguished contributions to the field of public policy. Past winners include Alan Krueger of Princeton University and Esther Duflo of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.