Robert LaLonde, professor at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, died Jan. 17, 2018, at the age of 59.
LaLonde earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago in 1980. In 1985, he earned a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton. He was a leading scholar in labor economics, econometrics, and program evaluations.
His research focused on workforce education and training, economic effects of immigration, costs of worker displacement, impact of unions and collective bargaining, and economic and social consequences of imprisonment. He was regarded as an inspirational teacher who was generous with his time to students and colleagues.
In recent years, LaLonde developed a movement disorder affecting his speech and balance. This led to his death. The disease did not affect his mind, and he was researching and mentoring students until a few days before his death. He lived his life to the fullest, and on his own terms.
He is survived by his wife, Laura; three daughters; and his father, Robert.
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