Cliff Waldman Wins NABE Research Prize

Cliff Waldman, director of economic studies at the MAPI Foundation, has been awarded the 2016 Edmund A. Mennis Contributed Paper Award by the National Association for Business Economics (NABE). Cliff is being recognized for his research on productivity and automation in the manufacturing sector.

His paper, The Evolving Contours of Productivity Performance and Automation Investment in U.S. Manufacturing, synthesizes his findings from the first two reports in his series on productivity commissioned by Rockwell Automation. His third and final report in the series, A Decision Framework for New Technology Investment, will be published in August 2016.

NABE gives out the Edmund A. Mennis Contributed Paper Award in honor of former Business Economics Editor Ed Mennis for economics research on topics such as inflation, supply chain management, policy uncertainty, and mortgage lending. Past winners of the Mennis Award include James Wilcox, Mark Vitner, and Adam Ratner.

Cliff has received two other awards from NABE, in 2005 for his research on Chinese demographics and in 2007 for a paper he co-authored with Jeremy Leonard on innovation in U.S. manufacturing.

As winner of the 2016 Mennis Award, Cliff received a cash prize, commemorative plaque, and complimentary registration to NABE’s September 10-13 annual meeting, where he gave a presentation on his research. His report was published in the August 2016 issue of Business Economics.

Kristin Graybill