Cecilia Rouse

Cecilia Elena Rouse (born December 18, 1963), is an American economist and the Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Ceci Rouse
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Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Assumed office
Preceded byChristina Paxson
Member of the Council of Economic Advisers
In office
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byDonald B. Marron Jr.
Succeeded byKatharine Abraham
Personal details
Born (1963-12-18) December 18, 1963 (age 56)
Del Mar, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Ford Morrison
EducationHarvard University (BA, MA, PhD)
Academic career
InstitutionPrinceton University
Claudia Goldin[1]

Formal educationEdit

Rouse was educated at Harvard University. She earned her A.B. in economics, magna cum laude in 1986 and her Ph.D. in economics in 1992. She joined faculty at Princeton University after graduation.

Personal lifeEdit

Cecilia grew up in Del Mar, California She has two siblings—Forest Rouse, a physicist, and Carolyn Rouse, an anthropologist and professor at Princeton University. Her father is a research physicist who received his PhD from Caltech in 1956. Her mother worked as a school psychologist.

Rouse attributes the development of her educational career to traveling and exploring as a young child and the "importance my parents placed on learning." Her brother and sister hold Ph.Ds in physics and visual anthropology, respectively.[2]

She has two daughters, Nidal Morrison, and Safa Morrison.[3] Her husband is Ford Morrison, son of author Toni Morrison.[4]


Rouse is the Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Lawrence and Shirley Katzman and Lewis and Anna Ernst Professor in the Economics of Education. She is the founding director of the Princeton University Education Research Section, is a member of the National Academy of Education and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her primary research interests are in labor economics with a focus on the economics of education. Rouse has served as an editor of the Journal of Labor Economics and as a senior editor of The Future of Children. She is a member of the board of directors of MDRC, and a director of the T. Rowe Price Equity Mutual Funds and an Advisory Board Member of the T. Rowe Price Fixed Income Mutual Funds.

Rouse served as a member of President Barack Obama's Council of Economic Advisers from 2009 to 2011. Prior to serving in the Obama Administration, Rouse served in the National Economic Council under President Bill Clinton from 1998 to 1999.

Rouse was one of the signees of a 2018 amici curiae brief that expressed support for Harvard University in the Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard lawsuit. Other signees of the brief include Alan B. Krueger, Robert M. Solow, George A. Akerlof, Janet Yellen, as well as numerous others.[5]

Selected publicationsEdit

Goldin, Claudia; Rouse, Cecilia (2000). "Orchestrating Impartiality: The Impact of "Blind" Auditions on Female Musicians". American Economic Review. 90 (4): 715–741. doi:10.1257/aer.90.4.715.

Kane, Thomas J.; Rouse, Cecilia Elena (1995). "Labor-market returns to two-and four-year college". The American Economic Review. 85 (3): 600–614.

Rouse, Cecilia Elena (1998). "Private school vouchers and student achievement: An evaluation of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program". The Quarterly Journal of Economics. 113 (2): 553–602. doi:10.1162/003355398555685.

Ashenfelter, Orley; Rouse, Cecilia (1998). "Income, schooling, and ability: Evidence from a new sample of identical twins" (PDF). The Quarterly Journal of Economics. 113 (1): 253–284. doi:10.1162/003355398555577.

Kane, Thomas J.; Rouse, Cecilia Elena (1999). "The community college: Educating students at the margin between college and work". The Journal of Economic Perspectives. 13 (1): 63–84. doi:10.1257/jep.13.1.63.

Rouse, Cecilia Elena (1995). "Democratization or diversion? The effect of community colleges on educational attainment". Journal of Business & Economic Statistics. 13 (2): 217–224. doi:10.1080/07350015.1995.10524596.

Figlio, David N.; Rouse, Cecilia Elena (2006). "Do accountability and voucher threats improve low-performing schools?" (PDF). Journal of Public Economics. 90 (1): 239–255. doi:10.1016/j.jpubeco.2005.08.005.


  1. ^ Amy Guan (May 25, 2011). "Cecilia Rouse: Economist". The Harvard Crimson.
  2. ^ "Cecilia Rouse on WhoRunsGov.com". Archived from the original on 2009-02-15. Retrieved 2009-06-14.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ "Cecilia Rouse: Economist, Presidential Adviser, Dean, and Mom, Princeton's Rouse recalls policymaking and parenting in the White House".
  4. ^ "Cecilia Rouse named Wilson School dean". 2016-01-21.
  5. ^ admissionscase.harvard.edu (PDF) https://admissionscase.harvard.edu/files/adm-case/files/economists_amended_brief_dkt._527-1.pdf. Retrieved 2018-12-30. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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