For Immediate Release | January 27, 2011


Jill Braunstein at (202) 452-8097

WASHINGTON, DC—The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) is pleased to announce Catherine B. Haskins as winner of the 19th Annual John Heinz Dissertation Award.  Haskins wrote her dissertation, “Household Employer Payroll Tax Evasion: An Exploration Based on IRS Data and on Interviews with Employers and Domestic Workers,” while she was a doctoral student in Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  The dissertation was nominated for the award by Nancy Folbre, Professor of Economics at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.    

The award, which includes a $2,500 prize, will be presented at a reception during the National Academy of Social Insurance’s 23st Annual Conference on January 27, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Teresa and John Heinz Fund of the Heinz Family Foundation support the award. The John Heinz Dissertation Award is issued in honor of Senator John Heinz. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, he helped chart the Social Security rescue effort in 1983 and worked tirelessly to insulate the Social Security Trust Funds from the rest of the Federal budget. John Heinz was a leading expert in the Senate on private pensions and health care and aging policy. He was a member of the Academy’s Board of Advisors from the organization’s inception in 1986.  On naming the award, Robert M. Ball, Founding Chair, said, “John Heinz was a leading proponent of Social Security with a true appreciation of the value of social insurance principles in developing public policy. He was a true supporter of the National Academy of Social Insurance and contributed importantly to its objectives.” The National Academy of Social Insurance is privileged to award this prize in his honor.

The award selection committee is chaired by Robert Hudson, Department of Social Welfare Policy, of Boston University, with members: Christine Bishop, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Courtney Coile, Department of Economics, Wellesley College, Rashi Fein, Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and James Morone, Department of Politics, Brown University.

NASI will soon be accepting nominations for the 2012 Heinz Award. To obtain application forms and additional information visit the student opportunities section of or contact Deric Joyner at or (202) 452-8097.

The National Academy of Social Insurance is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation’s leading experts on social insurance. Its mission is to promote understanding of how social insurance contributes to economic security and a vibrant economy.

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