Prof. Michèle Tertilt, Ph.D. appointed member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina has appointed Michèle Tertilt, professor of economics at the University of Mannheim, as its member for the section „Economics and Empirical Social Sciences“. The election in a multi-stage procedure is considered one of the highest honors for scientists. The criterion for admission is outstanding scientific achievement. „Being appointed as a member of the Leopoldina is a great honor. I am very much looking forward to working together in science and policy advice,“ Tertilt says of the award.

The Leopoldina National Academy of Sciences, founded in 1652, is one of the oldest scientific academies in the world. With around 1,500 members, it brings together outstanding scientists from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and numerous other countries. As a national academy, the Leopoldina represents German science in international bodies and publishes independently on the scientific foundations of political and social issues.

Michèle Tertilt spent 13 years conducting research in the United States. After studying in Bielefeld, she earned her doctorate at the University of Minnesota. This was followed by an assistant professorship at Stanford University before she accepted the call to Mannheim. She has been a professor of economics at the University of Mannheim since 2010. In 2013, Tertilt was appointed–as the first German academic ever–to the editorial board of the Review of Economic Studies, one of the top five economics journals worldwide. In the same year, she became the first woman to receive the prestigious Gossen Prize from the Verein für Socialpolitik. In 2012, she received a Starting Grant from the European Research Council ERC for her project Gender Differences: A Macroeconomic Perspective. In 2017, Tertilt became the second German scientist to receive the Yrjö Jahnsson Award, an honor bestowed on the best European economists. And in 2019, she was awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize for her outstanding work in the fields of macroeconomics and development economics as well as family economics and finance.


Prof. Michèle Tertilt
University of Mannheim
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