Orley Clark Ashenfelter is an American economist. He is a professor of economics at Princeton University and also the director of the Industrial Relations Section at Princeton University. His areas of specialization include labor economics, econometrics, and law and economics.
Born in San Francisco, Ashenfelter attended Claremont McKenna Men's College. He has been director of the Office of Evaluation of the U.S. Department of Labor, a Guggenheim Fellow, and the Benjamin Meeker Visiting Professor at the University of Bristol. He was awarded the Frisch Medal in 1982. He is a recipient of the IZA Prize in Labor Economics, the Mincer Award for Lifetime Achievement of the Society of Labor Economists, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Society of Labor Economics, and a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He also served as editor of the American Economic Review. He analyzed the results of the Judgment of Paris wine tasting event with Richard E. Quandt. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1993. He is currently President of the American Association of Wine Economists and an editor of the Journal of Wine Economics.