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Sandra E. Black

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Sandra E. Black holds the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Centennial Chair in Economics and Public Affairs and is a Professor of Economics.  She received her B.A. from UC Berkeley and her Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.  Since that time, she worked as an Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and an Assistant, Associate, and ultimately Professor in the Department of Economics at UCLA before arriving at the University of Texas, Austin in 2010. She currently is the Editor of the Journal of Human Resources, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and a Research Affiliate at IZA.  Her research focuses on the role of early life experiences on the long-run outcomes of children, as well as issues of gender and discrimination. 

Keynote-EALE, Bonn 2012

Keynote--EALE, Bonn 2012

 

 

 

 


 

Note that I have THREE great graduate students on the market this year--check them out under the Graduate Students link!

 


 

Here are some interesting new projects I am working on:

Breaking the Glass Ceiling? The Effect of Board Quotas on Female Labor Market Outcomes in Norway, (Joint with Marianne Bertrand, Sissel Jensen, and Adriana Lleras-Muney)

In the news: NY Times


This Is Only a Test? Long-Run and Intergenerational Impacts of Prenatal Exposure to Radioactive Fallout, (Joint with Aline Bütikofer, Paul Devereux, and Kjell Salvanes).  NBER Working Paper #18987, most recent version January 2014.


Does Grief Transfer across Generations?  Bereavements during Pregnancy and Child Outcomes, (Joint with Paul Devereux and Kjell Salvanes) NBER Working Paper #19979, most recent version July 2014. 


Picking a Winner?  Using College Readiness Indicators to Predict College Success, (Joint with Kalena E. Cortes and Jane Arnold Lincove)


Can you Leave High School Behind? (Joint with Jenna Cullinane, Rachel Douglas, and Jane Lincove).  NBER working Paper #19842, 2014.

 

ECO 341K • Introduction To Econometrics

34545 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm UTC 4.124
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INTRODUCES THE STUDENT TO STANDARD REGRESSION PROCEDURES OF PARAMETER ESTIMATION AND HYPOTHESIS TESTING IN ECONOMICS.

PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 420K AND 329 WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C- IN EACH.

Econometrics is an application of statistical methods to the estimation of economic relationships. Students are expected to have an understanding of both statistics and economic theory. This course reveals how relationships among economic variables are discerned from data. The primary focus of this course is on estimation methodology. If more information is needed contact instructor.

ECO 341K • Introduction To Econometrics

34285 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm CPE 2.204
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INTRODUCES THE STUDENT TO STANDARD REGRESSION PROCEDURES OF PARAMETER ESTIMATION AND HYPOTHESIS TESTING IN ECONOMICS.

PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 420K AND 329 WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C- IN EACH.

Econometrics is an application of statistical methods to the estimation of economic relationships. Students are expected to have an understanding of both statistics and economic theory. This course reveals how relationships among economic variables are discerned from data. The primary focus of this course is on estimation methodology. If more information is needed contact instructor.

ECO 341K • Introduction To Econometrics

34195 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm WAG 420
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INTRODUCES THE STUDENT TO STANDARD REGRESSION PROCEDURES OF PARAMETER ESTIMATION AND HYPOTHESIS TESTING IN ECONOMICS.

PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 420K AND 329 WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C- IN EACH.

Econometrics is an application of statistical methods to the estimation of economic relationships. Students are expected to have an understanding of both statistics and economic theory. This course reveals how relationships among economic variables are discerned from data. The primary focus of this course is on estimation methodology. If more information is needed contact instructor.

ECO 385K • Intro To Labor Economics

33560 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm BRB 1.118
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ECO 330T • Economics Of Gender

33825 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm UTC 3.124
(also listed as WGS 345 )
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OPEN TO NONMAJORS. TOPICS MAY INCLUDE ECONOMIC THEORY, APPLICATIONS, AND POLICY. ECONOMICS 330T AND 350K MAY NOT BOTH BE COUNTED UNLESS THE TOPICS VARY.

This course will examine the special features of medical care as a commodity, the demand for health and medical services, the economic explanations for the behavior of medical care providers, the functioning of insurance markets, federal health insurance programs, and regulation. In this course, only 304K is required (not 420K, so a solid foundation in math, statistics, and microeconomic theory is not necessary but recommended) and there is no writing component. Finally, this course will examine the role and justification for government involvement in the medical care system.

Prerequisites: ECO 304K with a C- or better

 

 

ECO 385K • Intro To Labor Economics

33960 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm BRB 2.136
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Fall 2009

Department of Economics

University of Texas, Austin

Graduate Labor Economics 1

Preliminary Syllabus

 

Professor:

Sandra E. Black

sblack@econ.ucla.edu

 

Course description: This is the first course in the two-semester graduate labor economics sequence.

This sequence introduces students to major topics in the field and delves into numerous examples of how economic theory and econometric analysis can advance our understanding of labor market outcomes.

While there is no textbook for the course, you are expected to read the bolded articles in preparation for lecture and discussion.

Another useful guide for empirical work is the recent book by Angrist and Pischke, Mostly

Harmless Econometrics.

Course grades will be based on a number of tasks, each of which is intended to prepare students for active participation in research:

 

? In class participation/paper presentations (15%)

 

? 2 referee reports (15%): Reports will be based on works-in-progress , not published

papers. These papers will be selected and announced during the course of the quarter,

and reports will be due two weeks after the announcement. A good report will

summarize the main approach and contribution of the paper, and then provide a critical

assessment of the work. Referee reports should be around 2 pages.

 

? Research Proposal (35%): Each student will write a 5-10 page (double-spaced) proposal for a research project. This proposal should clearly explain: (1) the research question to be investigated; (2) why this question is interesting and/or important; and (3) the methodology that will be used to answer the question. The proposal should briefly discuss the relevant academic literature and how the research will contribute to this literature, and proposals for empirical research should identify potential data sources. Finally, the proposal should indicate problems that would need to be overcome in carrying out the research. Typically, successful proposals are narrow in focus and relate closely to previous work. These proposals are due in my office by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 5. In addition, each student will make an oral presentation of his proposal at the last class meeting of the semester.

 

? Final Exam (35%)

You are also strongly encouraged to attend the Applied Microeconomics seminar. Many eminent people will be giving talks about their work in progress. Regular attendance is the best way to find out what’s hot and what’s not, and to see how successful economists approach empirical problems.

Topics Covered in Class (Preliminary):

I. Wage Structure-Descriptives/Decompositions

a. Inequality

b. Group Differences

c. Intergenerational Mobility

II. Human Capital

a. Returns to Education

b. Signaling

c. School Quality

d. On-the-job training

e. Social Interactions

III. Labor Demand

IV. Immigration

V. Skill-Biased Technological Change

VI. Discrimination

VII. Efficiency Wages

 

Inequality

 

Measurement and Changes Over Time

 

Katz, Lawrence F., and David H. Autor, “Changes in the Wage Structure and Earnings Inequality,” Handbook of Labor Economics, V3, 1999: 1463-1555.

 

Autor, David H., Lawrence F. Katz, and Melissa S. Kearney, “Trends in U.S. wage Inequality: Re- Assessing the Revisionists” NBER Working Paper 11627, September 2005.

 

Autor, David H., Lawrence F. Katz, and Melissa S. Kearney, “The Polarization of the U.S. Labor

Market” NBER Working Paper 11986, January 2006.

 

Juhn, Chinhui, Kevin Murphy, and Brooks Pierce, “Wage Inequality and the Rise in Returns to Skill.” Journal of Political Economy, v101, n3 (June 1993): 410-442.

 

T. Piketty and E. Saez (2003), “Income Inequality in the United States, 1913-1998.” Quarterly

Journal of Economics, 117 (February) 1-39.

 

Katz, Lawrence and Kevin Murphy, “Changes in Relative Wages, 1963-1987: Supply and Demand Factors,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 1992, 35-78.

 

Bound, John, and George Johnson, “Changes in the Structure of Wages in the 1980s: An

Evaluation of Alternative Explanations.” American Economic Review 82(3), June 1992, 371-392.

 

Freeman and Katz, “Rising Wage Inequality: The United States v. Other Advanced Countries.” In Richard Freeman, ed., Working Under Different Rules, Russell Sage Foundation, 1994.

 

DiNardo, Fortin, and Lemieux, “Labor Market Institutions and the Distribution of Wages, 1973-

1993: A Semi-Parametric Approach,” Econometrica, 1996, 64(5).

 

Lemieux, T., “Residual Wage Inequality: A Re-Examination,” UBC CLEER Working Paper No.2, June 2003. http://www.econ.ubc.ca/cleer/papers/cleer002.pdf

 

Blau, Francine and Lawrence Kahn, “Do Cognitive Test Scores Explain Higher U.S. Wage Inequality?” NBER Working Paper No. 8210, April 2001.

 

Group Differences

 

Male/Female Differences

 

Blau, F. and L. Kahn, “Swimming Upstream: Trends in the Gender Wage Differential in the 1980s.” Journal of Labor Economics, 15 (1997), 1-42.

 

Blau, Francine. “Trends in the Well-Being of American Women,” Journal of Economic Literature, March 1998 (also, NBER Working Paper #6206, October 1997).

 

Goldin, Claudia. The Gender Gap, University of Chicago Press, 1990, chapter 3.

 

Loprest, Pamela. “Gender Differences in Wage Growth and Job Mobility” American Economic Review 82(2), May 1992, 526-532.

 

Oaxaca, Ronald. “Male-Female Wage Differentials in Urban Labor Markets,” International Economic Review, October 1973.

 

Smith, James and Michael Ward. “Women in the Labor Market and in the Family,” Journal Economic Perspectives, Winter 1989.

 

O’Neill, J., and S. Polachek, “Why the Gender Gap Narrowed in the 1980s,” Journal of Labor Economics, January 1993, part 1, 205-228.

 

Blau, F. and L. Kahn, “The Gender Earnings Gap: Learning from International Comparison,” American Economic Review, May 1992, 533-38.

 

C. Goldin and L. Katz (2002), "The Power of the Pill: Oral Contraceptives and Women’s Career and Marriage Decisions," Journal of Political Economy 110 (August), 730-70.

 

Bailey, Martha "More power to the pill: The impact of contraceptive freedom on women's lifecycle labor supply," Quarterly Journal of Economics, vol. 121 (1), February 2006, 289-320.

 

U. Gneezy, M. Niederle, and A. Rustichini, “Performance in Competitive Environments: Gender Differences.” Quarterly Journal of Economics, August 2003.

 

Black/White Differences

 

Leonard, J., “The Impact of Affirmative Action on Employment,” Journal of Labor Economics, October 1984.

 

Heckman, James and Brook Payner. “Determining the Impact of Federal Antidiscrimination Policy on the Economic Status of Blacks: A Case Study of South Carolina,” American Economic Review, March 1989.

 

Bound, J. and R. Freeman, “What Went Wrong? The Erosion of the Earnings and Employment of Young Black Men in the 1980s,” Quarterly Journal of Economics 107 (February 1992).

 

Chandra, Amitabh. “Is the Convergence of the Racial Wage Gap Illusory?” NBER Working Paper No. 9476, February 2003

 

Neal, Derek and William R. Johnson. “The Role of Premarket Factors in Black-White Wage Differences,” Journal of Political Economy, October 1996.

 

Carrington, William and Kenneth Troske. “Interfirm Segregation and the Black/White Wage Gap,” Journal of Labor Economics, April 1998.

Smith, J., “Affirmative Action and the Racial Wage Gap.” American Economic Review, 83 (1993), 79-84.

 

Smith, James and Finis Welch. “Black Economic Progress After Myrdal,” Journal of Economic Literature, June 1989.

 

Heckman, James and John Donohue. “Continuous Versus Episodic Change: The Impact of Affirmative Action and Civil Rights Policy on the Economic Status of Blacks,” Journal of Economic Literature, December 1991 (also NBER Working Paper, #3894, November 1991).

G. Loury (2002), The Anatomy of Racial Inequality, Harvard University Press. 

D. Card and A. Krueger (1992), "School Quality and Black/White Relative Earnings: A Direct Assessment," Quarterly Journal of Economics 107 (February).

D. Neal. "The Measured Black-White Wage Gap Among Women Is Too Small," Journal of Political Economy, February, 2004, vol. 112, pp. S1-S28. 

H. Holzer and D. Neumark (2000), "Assessing Affirmative Action," JEL 38 (Sept), 483-568.

J. McCrary (2002), "The Effect of Court-Ordered Hiring Quotas on the Composition and Quality of Police," UC Berkeley, Nov; http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~jmccrary/ 

W. Rodgers and W. Spriggs (1996), "What Does AFQT Really Measure: Race, Wages, Schooling and the AFQT Score," Rev. of Black Political Economy 24 (Spring). 

J. Heckman and B. Payner (1989), "Determining the Impact of Federal Antidiscrimination Policy on the Economic Status of Blacks: A Study of South Carolina," AER 79 (March). 

K. Chay (1998), "The Impact of Federal Civil Rights Policy on Black Economic Progress: Evidence from the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, ILRR, July.

  K. Couch and M. Daly (2002), "Black-White Wage Inequality in the 1990s: A Decade of Progress," Economic Inquiry 40 (January), 31-41.

 

Intergenerational Mobility

 

G. Solon, “Intergenerational Mobility in the Labor Market”, in Handbook of Labor Economics Vol. 3, eds. Orley Ashenfelter and David Card. Elsevier, 1999.

 

S. Black, P. Devereux, and K. Salvanes, “Why the Apple Doesn't Fall Far: Understanding Intergenerational Transmission of Human Capital,” American Economic Review, March 2005, p. 437-449.

 

Anders Bjorklund, Markus Jantti, and Gary Solon, “Influences of Nature and Nurture on Earnings Variation: A report on a Study of Various Sibling Types in Sweden,” April 2003.  www-personal.umich.edu/~gsolon/workingpapers/sweden.pdf Theories of transmission  

G. Becker and N. Tomes (1986), "Human Capital and the Rise and Fall of Families," Journal of Labor Economics 4 (July), S1-S39.

C. Mulligan (1997), Parental Priorities and Economic Inequality, U. of Chicago Press, ch. 7-8.

C. Mulligan (1999), "Galton vs. the Human Capital Approach to Inheritance, " Journal of Political Economy 107 (Dec, part 2), S184-S224. 

T. Piketty (2000), "Theories of Persistent Inequality and Intergenerational Mobility," A. Atkinson and F. Bourguignon, eds., Handbook of Income Distribution, vol. 1, North Holland, 429-76. 

S. Bowles and H. Gintis (2002), "The Inheritance of Inequality," Journal of Economic Perspectives 16 (Summer), 3-30.

R. Benabou and E. Ok (2001), "Social Mobility and the Demand for Redistribution: The POUM Hypothesis," Quarterly Journal of Economics,116 (May), 447-88. 

Evidence from the United States (and Canada)

J. Altonji and T. Dunn, “Relationships among the Family Incomes and Labor Market Outcomes of Relatives,” Research in Labor Economics, 1991, p. 269-310.

G. Solon, “Intergenerational Income Mobility in the United States,” American Economic Review, June 1992, p. 393-408.  

B. Mazumder, “Fortunate Sons: New Estimates of Intergenerational Mobility in the US Using Social Security Earnings Data,” Review of Economics and Statistics, May 2005, p. 235-255.

J. Behrman, and M. Rosenzweig. “Does Increasing Women’s Schooling Raise the Schooling of the Next Generation?” American Economic Review, 2002, p. 323-334.

P. Oreopoulos, M. Page and A. Stevens. “Does Human Capital Transfer from Parent to Child? The Intergenerational Effects of Compulsory Schooling.” NBER WP 10164, Dec. 2003.

P. Oreopoulos, M. Page and A. Stevens. “The Intergenerational Effect of Worker Displacement.” NBER WP 11587, Aug. 2005.

B. Sacerdote, “What Happens When We Randomly Assign Children to Families?” NBER WP 10894, Nov. 2004.

Comparative Evidence: Across Countries and Over Time

 Historical Estimates

 J. Ferrie, “The End of American Exceptionalism: Mobility in the US Since 1850,” Journal of Economic Perspectives, Summer 2005, p. 199-215.

J. Ferrie and J. Long. “A Tale of Two Labor Markets: Intergenerational Occupational Mobility in Britain and the US Since 1850.” NBER Working Paper 11253. 2005.

B. Sacerdote, “Slavery and the Intergenerational Transmission of Human Capital,” Review of Economics and Statistics, May 2005.

Evidence from Europe

G. Solon, “Cross-Country Differences in Intergenerational Earnings Mobility,” Journal of Economic Perspectives, Summer 2002, p. 59-66.

L. Dearden, S. Machin and H. Reed, “Intergenerational Mobility in Britain,” Economic Journal, 1997, 47-66.

D. Checchi, A. Ichino, and A. Rutichini, “More Equal But Less Mobile? Educational Financing and Intergenerational Mobility in Italy and the U.S.,” Journal of Public Economics, Dec. 1999, 351-93.

Bjorklund, M. Lindahl, and E. Plug, “The Origins of Intergenerational Associations: Lessons from Swedish Adoption Data,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2006.

Human Capital

Mincer, J. Schooling, Experience, and Earnings. New York: NBER, 1974.

Becker, G. Human Capital. 3rd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993.

Grout, Paul, “Investment and Wages in the Absence of Binding Contracts: A Nash Bargaining Approach,” Econometrica, 52, 1984, 449-460.

Gibbons, Robert and Lawrence F. Katz, “Layoffs and Lemons,” Journal of Labor Economics, 9(4), 1991, 351 – 380.

Acemoglu, Daron and Steve Pischke, “The Structure of Wages and Investment in General Training,” Journal of Political Economy, 107(3), June 1999, 539-572.

Acemoglu, Daron and Steve Pischke, “Why Do Firms Train? Theory and Evidence,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 113(1), February 1998, 79-119.

Autor, David H. “Why do Temporary Help Firms Provide Free General Skills Training?”Quarterly Journal of Economics, 116(3), 2001, 1409-1448.

Lazear, Edward, “Firm-Specific Human Capital: A Skill Weights Approach.” NBER Working Paper No. 9679, May 2003.

Prendergast, Canice, “The Role of Promotion in Inducing Specific Human Capital Acquisition”, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 108(2), May 1993, 523-534.

Jacobson, Louise S., Robert Lalonde and Daniel G. Sullivan, “Earnings Losses of Displaced Workers.” American Economic Review, 83(4), 1993, 685 – 709.

Altonji, Joe and R. Shakotko, “Do Wages Rise With Seniority?” Review of Economic Studies, 54, 1987, 437-459.

Topel Robert, “Specific Capital, Mobility, and Wages: Wages Rise with Job Seniority” Journal of Political Economy, 99(1), February 1991, 145-76.

Topel Robert and Michael Ward, “Job Mobility and the Careers of Young Men,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 107 (2), May 1992, 439-479.

Abraham Katherine and Henry Farber, “Job Duration, Seniority, and Earnings,” American Economic Review, 1986, 278-297.

Returns to Education

Willis, R. J. "Wage Determinants." Chapter 10 in The Handbook of Labor Economics. Vol. 1.

Willis, R. J. and Sherwin Rosen. "Education and Self-Selection." Journal of Political Economy 87, no. 5, part 2 (Oct 1979): S7-S36.

Freeman, R. "Demand for Education." Chapter 6 in The Handbook of Labor Economics. Vol. 1.

Griliches, Z. "Estimating the Returns to Schooling: Some Econometric Problems." Econometrica 45, no. 1 (January 1977): 1-22.

Griliches, and Mason. "Education, Income and Ability." Journal of Political Economy 80, no. 3, part 2 (May-June 1972): S74-S103.

Angrist, J. D., and A. Krueger. "Does Compulsory Schooling Attendance Affect Schooling and Earnings?" Quarterly Journal of Economics 106, no. 4 (Nov 1991): 979-1014.

Card, David. "The Causal Effect of Education on Earnings." In The Handbook of Labor Economics. Vol. 3A.

Freeman, R. "Overinvestment in College Training." Journal of Human Resources 10, no. 3 (Summer 1975): 287-311.

Altonji, J., and R. Shakotko. "Do Wages Rise with Job Seniority?" Review of Economic Studies (July 1987).

Ben-Porath, Yoram. "The Production of Human Capital Over the Life Cycle.'' Journal of Political Economy 75, no. 4, part 1 (August 1967): 352-365.

Roy, A. "Some Thoughts on the Distribution of Earnings." Oxford Economic Papers (1951): 235-46.

Card, David. "Estimating the Return to Schooling: Progress on Some Persistent Econometric Problems." Econometrica 69, no. 5 (2001): 1127-60.

Oreopoulos, Philip. “Estimating Average and Local Average Treatment Effects of Education when Compulsory School Laws Really Matter,” American Economic Review, Volume 96, Number 1, March 2006, pp. 152-175(24)  

Devereux, Paul J. and Robert A. Hart. “Forced to Be Rich? Returns to Compulsory Schooling in Britain.” IZA Discussion Paper No. 3305, January 2008.

Angrist, J., and D. Acemoglu. "How Large are Human Capital Externalities? Evidence From Compulsory Attendance Laws." NBER Macro Annual 15, 2000.

Lleras-Muney, Adriana. “The Relationship between Education and Adult Mortality in the United States,” Review of Economic Studies, Vol.72 (1), January 2005

Lochner, Lance, and Enrico Moretti. "The Effect of Education on Criminal Activity: Evidence from Prison Inmates, Arrests, and Self-Reports, American Economic Review, 94(1), 2004.

 Market Signaling

Weiss, Andrew, “Human Capital and Sorting Models,” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 9(4), Autumn 1995, 133-154.

Spence, Michael, “Job Market Signaling,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 87(3), August 1973, 355-374.

Tyler, John, Richard J. Murnane and John Willett, “Estimating the Labor Market Signaling value of the GED,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 115(2), May 2002, 431-468.

Lang, Kevin, and David Kropp, “Human Capital versus Sorting: The Effects of Compulsory Attendance Laws,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 101, 1986, 609-624.

Arnaud Chevalier, Colm Harmon, Ian Walker, and Yu Zhu, “Does Education Raise Productivity, or Just Reflect it?” Economic Journal, 114 (November) 2004.

Kelly Bedard, “Human Capital versus Signaling Models: University Access and High School Dropouts” Journal of Political Economy, 109, 2001.

Education and the Effect of School Quality

Hanushek, Eric A., “Production and Efficiency in Public Schools.” Journal of Economic Literature. 1986, Vol 24 No. 3.

Betts, Julian R. “Does School Quality Matter? Evidence from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth.” Review of Economics and Statistics, 1995.

Card, David and Alan B. Krueger. “Does School Quality Matter? Returns to Education and the Characteristics of Public Schools in the United States. Journal of Political Economy, 1992. Vol 100..

Card, David and Alan B. Krueger. “School Resources and Student Outcomes: An Overview of the Literature and New Evidence from North and South Carolina.” Journal of Economic Perspectives, Fall 1996.

Hoxby, Caroline M., “The Effect of Class Size on Student Achievement: New Evidence from National Population Variation.” Quarterly Journal of Economics, November 2000.

Angrist, Josh and Victor Lavy, “Using Maimonides’ Rule to Estimate the Effect of Class Size on Scholastic Achievement,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, May 1999.

Krueger, Alan and Diane M. Whitmore. "The Effect of Attending a Small Class in the Early Grades on College-Test Taking and Middle School Test Results: Evidence from Project STAR," (with Diane M. Whitmore). Economic Journal, January 2001, vol. 111, pp. 1-28.WP

Rockoff, Jonah, “The Impact of Teachers on Student Achievement: New Evidence from Panel Data,” Harvard University mimeo.

Hanushek, Eric, John Kain, and Steve Rivkin., “Teachers, Schools and Academic Achievement.” NBER Working Paper 6691 August 1998.

Goolsbee, Austan and Jonathan Guryan, "The Impact of Internet Subsidies for Public Schools," (with Jonathan Guryan, University of Chicago, GSB) NBER Working Paper #9090, 2002.

Angrist, Josh and Victor Lavy. New Evidence on Classroom Computers and Pupil Learning. October 2002, The Economic Journal, Pg. 735-765.

Hoxby, Caroline M., “How Teachers’ Unions Affect Education Production,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, August 1996.

Lazear, Edward, “Educational Production” Quarterly Journal of Economics, August 2001. Also NBER Working Paper 7349.

Hanushek, Eric., “Some Simple Analytics of School Quality.” NBER Working Paper Number 10229, January 2004.

Krueger, Alan B., “Experimental Estimates of Education Production Functions.” Quarterly Journal of Economics, May 1999.

Card, David and Alan Krueger. "School Quality and Black-White Relative Earnings: A Direct Assessment," (with David Card), WP, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, vol. 107, no. 1, February 1992, pp. 151-200.

Grogger, Jeff, “Does School Quality Explain the Recent Black/White Wage Trend?” Journal of Labor Economics, April 1996.

Hoxby, Caroline M., “Does Competition Among Public Schools Benefit Students and Taxpayers?” American Economics Review, December 2000.

Rothstein, Jesse, “Does Competition Among Public Schools Benefit Students and Taxpayers? Comment.” NBER Working Paper No. 11215, March, 2005.

Hoxby, Caroline M., “Does Competition Among Public Schools Benefit Students and Taxpayers? A Response to Rothstein.” NBER Working Paper No. 11216, March 2005

Black, Sandra E., “Does School Quality Matter? Parental Valuation of Elementary Education.” Quarterly Journal of Economics, May 1999.

Figlio, David and Maurice Lucas, “What’s in a Grade? School Report Cards and Housing Prices.” Forthcoming, American Economic Review. http://bear.cba.ufl.edu/figlio/

Hastings, Kane and Staiger “Parental Preferences and School Competition: Evidence from a Public School Choice Program”, NBER WP 11805 (2005)

Social Interactions and Neighborhood Effects

C. Manski, “Economic Analysis of Social Interactions,” Journal of Economic Perspectives, Summer 2000, p. 115-36.

Robert Moffitt, “Policy Interventions, Low-Level Equilibria, and Social Interactions” http://www.econ.jhu.edu/People/Moffitt/

L. Katz, J. Kling, and J. Liebman, “Moving to Opportunity in Boston: Early Results of a Randomized Mobility Experiment,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, May 2001, p. 607-54.

E. Duflo and E. Saez, “The Role of Information and Social Interactions in Retirement Decisions: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, August 2003, p. 815-42.

B. Sacerdote, “Peer Effects with Random Assignment: Results for Dartmouth Roommates,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, May 2001, p. 681-704.

Economic and econometric frameworks:

C. Manski, “Identification of Endogenous Social Effects: The Reflection Problem,” Review of Economic Studies, 1993, p. 531-42.

B. Graham, “Identifying Social Interactions Through Excess Variance Restrictions,” Working Paper, July 2006. http://www.econ.berkeley.edu/~bgraham/ExcessVarianceRevision_06jul06_Letter.pdf

G. Becker and K. Murphy, Social Economics, Belknap/Harvard University Press, 2000.

E. Glaeser, D. Laibson, and B. Sacerdote, “The Economic Approach to Social Capital,” Economic Journal, November 2002, p. 437-58.

E. Kandel and E. Lazear, “Peer Pressure and Partnerships,” Journal of Political Economy, Aug. 1992, p. 801-817. Neighborhoods

P. Oreopolous, “The Long-Run Consequences of Living in a Poor Neighborhood,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, Nov. 2003, p. 1533-75.

A. Case and L. Katz, “The Company You Keep: The Effects of Family and Neighborhood on Disadvantaged Youths,” NBER WP No. 3706, May 1991.

D. Aaronson, “Using Sibling Data to Estimate the Impact of Neighborhoods on Children’s Educational Outcomes,” Journal of Human Resources, Fall 1998, 915-46.

J. Rosenbaum, “Changing the Geography of Opportunity by Expanding Residential Choice: Lessons from the Gautreaux Program,” Housing Policy Review, 1995, p. 231-69.

B. Jacob, “Public Housing, Housing Vouchers and Student Achievement: Evidence from Public Housing Demolitions in Chicago,” American Economic Review, March 2004.

J. Liebman, L. Katz, and J. Kling, “Beyond Treatment Effects: Estimating the Relationship Between Neighborhood Poverty and Individual Outcomes in the MTO Experiment,” KSG Working Paper RWP04-036. Networks

K. Munshi, “Networks in the Modern Economy: Mexican Migrants in the U.S. Labor Market,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, May 2003, p. 549-599.

J. Montgomery (1991), "Social Networks and Labor Market Outcomes: Toward an Economic Analysis," American Economic Review, December 1991, 1408-18.

G. Borjas, “Ethnicity, Neighborhoods and Human Capital Externalities,” American Economic Review, June 1995, p. 365-90.

P. Edin, P. Fredriksson, and O. Åslund, “Ethnic Enclaves and the Economic Success of Immigrants: Evidence from a Natural Experiment,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, Feb. 2003.

P. Bayer, S. Ross, and G. Topa, “Place of Work and Place of Residence: Informal Hiring Networks and Labor Market Outcomes,” NBER WP 11019, Jan. 2005.

Group Formation

E. Berman, “Sect, Subsidy and Sacrifice: An Economist’s View of Ultra-Orthodox Jews,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, August 2000, p. 905-53.

R. Fryer and S. Levitt, “The Causes and Consequences of Distinctively Black Names,” NBER Working Paper No. 9938, September 2003.

G. Akerlof and R. Kranton, “Economics and Identity,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, August 2000, p. 715-53.

D. Costa and M. Kahn, “Cowards and Heroes: Group Loyalty in the American Civil War,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, May 2003.

Peers at school

C. Hoxby, “Peer Effects in the Classroom: Learning from Gender and Race Variation,” NBER WP No. 7867, August 2000.

J. Angrist and K. Lang, “How Important are Classroom Peer Effects? Evidence from Boston’s Metco Program,” NBER WP 9263, October 2002.

Eric Hanushek, John Kain, Jacob Markman, and Steven Rifkin, “Does Peer Ability affect Student Achievement?” NBER Working Paper 8502, October 2001. [NBER]

Peers at work

A. Mas and E. Moretti, “Peers At Work,” NBER WP12508, Sept. 2006.

S. Jones (1990), “Worker Interdependence and Output: The Hawthorne Studies Revisited,” American Sociological Review 55, 176-90.

A. Falk and A. Ichino, “Clean Evidence on Peer Effects,” Journal of Labor Economics, Jan. 2006, p. 39-57.

Labor Demand

Static Models

Hamermesh, Labor Demand, 1993, ch. 2-5.

Hamermesh, “The Demand for Labor in the Long Run,” HLE, vol. 1, ch. 8.

M. Berger, “Changes in Labor Force Composition and Male Earnings: A Production Approach,” JHR, Spring 1983.

P. Griffin, “The Impact of Affirmative Action on Labor Demand: A Test of Some Implications of the Le Chatelier Principle,” RESTAT, May 1992.

Weinberg, “Computer Use and the Demand for Female Workers,” ILRR, January 2000.

J. Angrist, “Short-Run Demand for Palestinian Labor,” JOLE, July 1996.

S. Rosen, “Short-Run Employment Variation on Class-I Railroads in the U.S., 1947-1963,” Econometrica, July/October 1968.

S. Trejo, “The Effects of Overtime Pay Regulation on Worker Compensation,” AER, September 1991.

D. Hamermesh and S. Trejo, “The Demand for Hours of Labor: Direct Evidence from California,” RESTAT, February 2000.

Daron Acemoglu, David Autor and David Lyle, "Women, War and Wages: The Effect of Female Labor Supply on the Wage Structure at Midcentury," Journal of Political Economy, June 2004.

Adriana Kugler and Mauricio Kugler, "The Labor Market Effects of Payroll Taxes in a Middle Income Country: Evidence from Columbia," Economic Development and Cultural Change," January 2009.

Dynamic Models

D. Hamermesh, Labor Demand, 1993, ch. 6-8.

D. Hamermesh and G. Pfann, “Adjustment Costs in Factor Demand,” JEL, September 1996.

S. Nickell, “Dynamic Models of Labour Demand,” HLE, vol. 1, ch. 9.

John Abowd and Francis Kramarz, "The Costs of Hiring and Separations," Labour Economics, October 2003.

Immigration and the Labor Market

Borjas, G. “The Economic Analysis of Immigration,” in Ashenfelter, O. and D. Card, eds., Handbook of Labor Economics 3A. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2000.

Borjas, George, “The Economics of Immigration,” Journal of Economic Literature, 32(4), 1994, 1667-1717.

Borjas, George “The Economic Benefits from Immigration,” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 9(2), 1995, 3-22.

G. Borjas, “The Labor Demand Curve is Downward Sloping: Reexamining the Impact of Immigration on the Labor Market.” Quarterly Journal of Economics, Nov. 2003, p. 1335-74.

Card, David. “The Impact of the Mariel Boatlift on the Miami Labor Market.” Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Jan. 1990.

D. Card, “Immigrant Inflows, Native Outflows and the Local Labor Market Impacts of Higher Immigration,” Journal of Labor Economics, Jan. 2001, p. 22-64.

R. Friedberg and J. Hunt. “The Impact of Immigrants on Host Country Wages, Employment and Growth,” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 1995, p. 23-44.

G. Borjas, R. Freeman, and L. Katz (1997), “How Much Do Immigration and Trade Affect Labor Market Outcomes”, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity 1: 1-67.

J. Altonji and D. Card, “The Effects of Immigration on the Labor Market Outcomes of Less-Skilled Natives,” in J. Abowd and R. Freeman, eds. Immigration, Trade and the Labor Market, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991.

R. Friedberg, “The Impact of Mass Migration on the Israeli Labor Market,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2001, p. 1373-1408.

D. Chiquiar and G. Hanson, “International Migration, Self-Selection and the Distribution of Wages: Evidence from Mexico and the United States,” Journal of Political Economy, April 2005, p. 239-281.

Card, David, “Is the New Immigration Really So Bad?” Economic Journal, 115, November 2005.

B. Chiswick, “The Effect of Americanization on the Earnings of Foreign-Born Men,” Journal of Political Economy, Oct, 1978, pp. 897-921.

G. Borjas, Assimilation, Changes in Cohort Quality, and the Earnings of Immigrants,” Journal of Labor Economics, Oct, 1985, pp. 463-489.

H. Bleakley and A. Chin, “Language Skills and Earnings: Evidence from Childhood Immigrants,” Review of Economics and Statistics, 2004, p. 481-496.

Technological and Organizational Change

Berman, Bound and Griliches, “Changes in the Demand for Skilled Labor within U.S. Manufacturing Industries: Evidence from the Annual Survey of Manufacturing.” Quarterly Journal of Economics, May 1994, 367-97.

Berman, Bound and Machin, “Implications of Skill-Biased Technological Change: International Evidence.” Quarterly Journal of Economics, November 1998.

Caroli and Van Reenan, “Skill Biased Organizational Change? Evidence from a Panel of British and French Establishments,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, November 2001.

Autor, David H., Lawrence F. Katz and Alan B. Krueger (1998). “Computing Inequality: Have Computers Changed The Labor Market” Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 113, No. 4, pp. 1169-1213.

D. Acemoglu (2002), "Technical Change, Inequality and the Labor Market,"Journal of Economic Literature 60 (March), 7-72; (also NBER WP No. 7800, July 2000).

Autor, D., F. Levy, and R. Murnane, “The Skill Content of Recent Technological Change: An Empirical Exploration.” Quarterly Journal of Economics 118, November 2003.

Card, David and J. DiNardo, “Skill-Biased Technological change and Rising Wage Inequality: Some Problems and Puzzles.” Journal of Labor Economics, October 2002.

Acemoglu, Daron, “Why Do New Technologies Complement Skills? Directed Technical Change and Wage Inequality,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol 113, November 1998.

Krueger, Alan, “How Computers Have Changed the Wage Structure: Evidence from Micro Data,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, February 1993.

Dinardo, John and J. Steven Pischke, “The Returns to Computer Use Revisited: Have Pencils Changed the Wage Structure Too?” Quarterly Journal of Economics, February 1997.

Spitz-Oener, Alexandra (2006), “Technical Change, Job Tasks and Rising Educational Demands: Looking Outside the Wage Structure”, Journal of Labor Economics 24(2), 235-270.

 Discrimination

 Theory

Altonji, Joseph and Rebecca Blank. ARace and Gender in the Labor Market,” in Handbook of Labor Economics, Vol. 3C, Ashenfelter and Card (eds.), 1999.

Arrow, Kenneth. “The Theory of Discrimination,” in Discrimination in Labor Markets, Ashenfelter and Rees (eds)., 1973.

Becker, Gary. The Economics of Discrimination, University of Chicago Press, 2nd edition, 1971.

Altonji, Joseph and Charles Pierret. “Employer Learning and Statistical Discrimination,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, February 2001. (see NBER working paper).

Goldberg, Matthew S., “Discrimination, Nepotism and Long-Run Wage Differentials,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, May 1982, 307-19.

Phelps, Edmund. “The Statistical Theory of Racism and Sexism,” American Economic Review, September, 1972.

Cain, G. and D. Aigner, “Statistical Theories of Discrimination,” Industrial and Labor Relations Review, January 1977.

Coate, S. and G. Loury, “Will Affirmative Action Eliminate Negative Stereotypes?” American Economic Review, December 1993, 1220-1240.

G. Loury, “Racial Stigma: Toward a New Paradigm for Discrimination Theory.” American Economic Review, May 2003. 334-7.

Measurement

Wood, Robert G., Mary E. Corcoran and Paul N. Courant, “Pay Differences Among the Highly Paid: The Male-Female Earnings Gap in Lawyers= Salaries,” Journal of Labor Economics, 1993, 417-441.

Black, Sandra E. and Philip E. Strahan, “The Division of Spoils: Rent-Sharing and Discrimination in a Regulated Industry.” American Economic Review, September 2001, 814-831.

Ashenfelter, Orley and Timothy Hannan, “Sex Discrimination and Product Market Competition: The Case of the Banking Industry.” Quarterly Journal of Economics, February 1986, 101, 149-73.

Hellerstein, Judy, David Neumark, and Kenneth Troske, “Market Forces and Sex Discrimination.” NBER Working Paper No. 6321.

Goldin, Claudia and Cecilia Rouse, “Orchestrating Impartiality: The Impact of >Blind=Auditions on Female Musicians,” American Economic Review.

Neumark, David, “Sex Discrimination in Restaurant Hiring: An Audit Study,” Quarterly Journal of Economics 111 (August 1996) 915-42.

Hamermesh, Daniel and Jeff Biddle. “Beauty and the Labor Market,” American Economic Review, December 1994.

Hellerstein and Neumark, “Sex, Wages, and Productivity: An Empirical Analysis of Israeli Firm-Level Data.” International Economic Review, 40(1), 1999, 95-123.

M. Bertrand and S. Mullainathan (2002), "Are Emily and Brendan More Employable than Latisha and Jamal? A Field Experiment on Labor Market Discrimination," American Economic Review, October 2004.

K. Arrow (1973), "The Theory of Discrimination," in O. Ashenfelter and A. Rees, ed., Discrimination in Labor Markets, Princeton U. Press, 3-33.

G. Becker (1957), The Economics of Discrimination, University of Chicago Press.

R. Fryer and M. Jackson (2002), "Categorical Cognition: A Psychological Model of Categories, Stereotypes, and Identification in Decision Making"; http://econ.la.psu.edu/~rfryer/papers.html

G. Borjas and S. Bronars (1989), "Consumer Discrimination and Self-Employment," Journal of Political Economy 97, 581-605.

D. Black (1995), "Discrimination in an Equilibrium Search Model," JOLE 12 (April), 309-334.

A. Goldberger (1984), "Reverse Regression and Salary Discrimination," Journal of Human Resources,19 (Summer), 293-318.

J. Altonji and C. Pierret (2001), "Employer Learning and Statistical Discrimination," Quarterly Journalof Economics 116 (February), 313-50.

M. Turner, R. Struyck, and J. Yinger (1991), Opportunities Denied, Opportunities Diminshed: Discrimination in Hiring, Urban Institute Press.

J. Hellerstein, D. Neumark and K. Troske (1999), "Wages, Productivity, and Worker Characteristics: Evidence from Plant-Level Production Functions and Wage Equations, " Journal of Labor Economics 17 (July), 409-446.

C. Nardinelli and C. Simon (1990), "Customer Discrimination in the Market for Memorabilia: The Case of Baseball," Quarterly Journal of Economics 105 (August): 575-95.

H. Holzer and K. Ihlanfeldt (1998), "Customer Discrimination and Employment Outcomes for Minority Workers," QJE 113 (August), 835-67.

Efficiency Wages

Shapiro, Carl, and Joseph E. Stiglitz, “Equilibrium Unemployment as a Worker Discipline Device.” American Economic Review, 74(3), 1984, 433 – 444.

Kahneman, Daniel, Jack L. Knetsch and Richard Thaler, “Fairness as a Constraint on Profit-Seeking: Entitlements in the Market.” American Economic Review, 76(4), 1986, 728 – 41.

Fehr, Ernst and Simon Gachter, “Fairness and Retaliation: The Economics of Reciprocity” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 14(3), 2000, 159 – 81.

Akerlof, George A. “Labor Contracts as Partial Gift Exchange.” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 97(4), 1982, 543 – 569. 

W. Bentley MacLeod and James Malcolmson, “Motivation and Markets.” American Economic Review, 88(3), 1998, 388-411.

Campbell III, Carl M., and Kunal S. Kamlani, “The Reasons for Wage Rigidity: Evidence from a Survey of Firms.” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 112(3), 1997, 759 – 789.

Krueger, Alan B. “Ownership, Agency and Wages: An Examination of Franchising in the Fast Food Industry.” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 106(1), 1991, 75 –

Cappelli, Peter and Keith Chauvin, “An Interplant Test of the Efficiency Wage Hypothesis.” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 106(3), August 1991, 769 – 787.

Fehr, Ernst and Simon Gachter, “Do Incentive Contracts Crowd Out Voluntary Cooperation?” University of Zurich mimeo, April 2002. (Available for download at: http://www.iew.unizh.ch/wp/iewwp034.pdf)

Holzer, Harry J, Lawrence F. Katz, and Alan B. Krueger, “Job Queues and Wages.” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 106(3), 1991, 739 – 68.

Krueger, Alan B, and Lawrence H. Summers, “Efficiency Wages and the Inter-Industry Wage Structure, Econometrica, 56(2), 1988, 259 - 93. 10/29/03 Autor_syllabus_rev.doc 3

Ichino, Andrea and Regina T. Riphahn, “The Effect of Employment Protection on Worker Effort – A Comparison of Absenteeism During and After Probation.” European University Institute mimeo, October 2001.

Baker, George, Michael Gibbs, and Bengt Holmstrom, “The Wage Policy of a Firm” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 109 (4), 1994, 921-955.

Bewley, Truman, Why Wages Don't Fall During a Recession. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000.

Katz, Lawrence, “Efficiency Wage Theories: A Partial Evaluation.” NBER Macroeconomics Annual, NBER and MIT Press, 1986.

 

 

 

 

 

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Publications

Cash or Care?  The Effect of Childcare Subsidies on Academic Outcomes, (Joint with Paul Devereux, Katrine Loken, and Kjell Salvanes) forthcoming, Review of Economics and Statistics.

Under Pressure?  The Effect of Peers on Outcomes of Young Adults.  Journal of Labor Economics, vol 31(1), pages 119-153, 2013.  (Joint with Paul Devereux and Kjell Salvanes.)                                   


Too Young to Leave the Nest?  The Effects of School Starting Age.  Review of Economics and Statistics, vol 93(2), pages 455-467, May 2011.  (Joint with Paul Devereux and Kjell Salvanes.)


Recent Developments in Intergenerational Mobility, in Handbook of Labor Economics, Orley Ashenfelter and David Card, editors, North Holland Press, Elsevier, 2011.  Also available as NBER Working Paper Number 15889, April 2010. (Joint with Paul Devereux)


Housing Valuation and School Performance, in Handbook of the Economics of Education, Eric Hanushek, Stephen Machin, and Ludger Wossman, editors, North Holland Press, Elsevier, 2011.  (Joint with Stephen Machin).


Explaining Women’s Success:  Technological Change and the Skill Content of Women’s Work.  Review of Economics and Statistics, February 2010.  (Joint with Alexandra Spitz-Oener.)


Like Father, Like Son?  A Note on the Intergenerational Transmission of IQ Scores.  NBER Working Paper #14274, August 2009, Economics Letters.  (Joint with Paul Devereux and Kjell Salvanes.)


Staying In the Classroom and Out of the Maternity Ward? The Effects of Compulsory Schooling Laws on Teenage Births. Economic Journal, July 2008. (Joint with Paul Devereux and Kjell Salvanes.)


Small Family, Smart Family? Family Size and the IQ Scores of Young Men, NBER Working Paper #13336, August 2007, Journal of Human Resources, Winter, 2009. (Joint with Paul Devereux and Kjell Salvanes.)


 From the Cradle to the Labor Market? The Effect of Birth Weight on Adult Outcomes, Quarterly Journal of Economics, March 2007. (Joint with Paul Devereux and Kjell Salvanes.


 The More the Merrier? The Effect of Family Size and Birth Order on Children’s Education Quarterly Journal of Economics, May 2005. (Joint with Paul Devereux and Kjell Salvanes).


 Why the Apple Doesn’t Fall Far: Understanding the Intergenerational Transmission of Education, American Economic Review, March 2005. (Joint with Paul Devereux and Kjell Salvanes).


 Importing Equality? The Effects of Globalization on Gender Discrimination, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 57(4), 540-559, July 2004. (Joint with Elizabeth Brainerd).


 What’s Driving the New Economy: Understanding the Role of Workplace Practices, Economic Journal, 114(493), F97-116, February 2004. (Joint with Lisa Lynch).


 How Workers Fare When Employers Innovate, Industrial Relations,  43(1), 44-66, January 2004. (Joint with Lisa M. Lynch and Anya Krivelyova).


 Entrepreneurship and Bank Structure, Journal of Finance, 57(6), 2807-33, December, 2002. (Joint with Philip Strahan).


 The Division of Spoils: Rent Sharing and Discrimination in a Regulated Industry, American Economic Review, 91(4), 814-31, September 2001. (Joint with Philip Strahan).


 How to Compete: The Impact of Workplace Practices and Information Technology on Productivity, Review of Economics and Statistics, 83(3), 434-445, August 2001. (Joint with Lisa M. Lynch). Awarded Honorable Mention for the Minnesota Award honoring the best article published in a refereed journal on the role of institutions in the employment relationship or labor market in the last two years.


 The Rise of Female Professionals: Women’s Response to Rising Skill Demand, American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, 90(2), 450-455, May 2000. (Joint with Chinhui Juhn).


 Investigating the Link between Competition and Discrimination, Monthly Labor Review, December 1999.


 Do Better Schools Matter? Parental Valuation of Elementary Education, Quarterly Journal of Economics, May 1999.


 Meet The New Borrowers, Federal Reserve Bank of New York Current Issues in Economics and Finance, February 1999. (Joint with Donald P. Morgan).


 Beyond the Incidence of Training, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 55(1), 6481, October 1998. (Joint with Lisa M. Lynch).


 Measuring the Value of Better Schools, Economic Policy Review, March 1998.


The New Workplace: What Does It Mean for Productivity? Industrial Relations Research Association Papers and Proceedings, 60-67, 1998. (Joint with Lisa M. Lynch).


Human Capital Strategy and Productivity Outcomes, American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, 86(2), 263-267, May 1996. (Joint with Lisa M. Lynch).

 

Working Papers

Breaking the Glass Ceiling? The Effect of Board Quotas on Female Labor Market Outcomes in Norway, (Joint with Marianne Bertrand, Sissel Jensen, and Adriana Lleras-Muney)


This Is Only a Test? Long-Run and Intergenerational Impacts of Prenatal Exposure to Radioactive Fallout, (Joint with Aline Bütikofer, Paul Devereux, and Kjell Salvanes).  NBER Working Paper #18987, most recent version January 2014.


Does Grief Transfer across Generations?  Bereavements during Pregnancy and Child Outcomes, (Joint with Paul Devereux and Kjell Salvanes). NBER Working Paper #19979, March 2014, most recent version July 2014.


Picking a Winner?  Using College Readiness Indicators to Predict College Success, (Joint with Kalena E. Cortes and Jane Arnold Lincove)


Can you Leave High School Behind? (Joint with Jenna Cullinane, Rachel Douglas, and Jane Lincove).  NBER working Paper #19842, 2014.


Losing Heart?  The Effect of Job Displacement on Health, (Joint with Paul Devereux and Kjell Salvanes). NBER Working Paper #18660, 2012.


Older and Wiser? Birth Order and IQ of Young Men.  NBER Working Paper #13237, July 2007. (Joint with Paul Devereux and Kjell Salvanes.)

Graduate Students



Jeff Denning

Jeff Denning is a 5th year Ph.D. student and 2014 NAED/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship recipient doing research in Labor Economics and Public Economics with a focus on the Economics of Education. His research focuses on the impact of college costs on student behavior and outcomes. Specifically he has a paper currently under revision for the Journal of Human Resources that explores the effects of incentives for students to study science and math in college by examining the federal SMART Grant program. He and his coauthor, Patrick Turley, find that students do respond to financial incentives and enroll in STEM fields at a higher rate.  A separate project examines the effects of community college tuition on enrollment as well as the effect of community college on educational attainment and labor market outcomes. In addition to these observational studies, he has an experiment in field that examines the impact of information about tax incentives for college on tax credit take-up and student behavior.

You can find out more about Jeff here:  https://sites.google.com/site/jeffdenningecon/


Qian Lu

Qian Lu is a 5th year Ph.D student in the department of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests are labor economics and public policy analysis. She is currently looking at the role of deepening automation  in explaining the flat four-year college wage premium in the 2000s. Another study on technological change examines the link between computerization and the closing of male-female wage gap, and finds that MSAs where more women use computers at workplace than men have witnessed a greater closing of male-female wage gap between 1980 and 2000. She is also interested in the impact of cognitive and non-cognitive skills on the decision of internal migration by race and gender, and the spillover effect of EITC on less-educated single young men.

You can find out more about Qian here: https://sites.google.com/site/qianluatutexas/


Chester Polson

Chester Polson is a 5th year PhD candidate in the department of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin interested in education policy analysis and labor economics. His current research focuses on the impact high stakes exit exams in Texas have on students beyond the end of high school and the effects of obtaining specific sub-baccalaureate degrees on labor force outcomes. Previously, Chester has looked at the impact of large merit scholarship programs in Tennessee and on the role work-study financial aid plays on obtaining tertiary degrees with the Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) Grant under the advising of Professor Chris King (Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Policy, University of Texas at Austin) and Professor Sandra Black (Department of Economics, University of Texas at Austin). He is also on the board of directors for Manna Project International, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that focuses on international community development.

You can find out more about Chet here: https://sites.google.com/site/chesterpolson/


Emily Weisburst

Emily Weisburst is a 4th year Ph.D. student with a research focus in labor economics. Her work addresses topics in education, criminal justice and workplace productivity. She is currently studying the effects of school district desegregation court orders on long-term outcomes of students in Texas. Emily also works as a research associate for the RAND Corporation on joint projects with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board that investigate aspects of developmental education initiatives in community colleges. Prior to graduate school, Emily worked as a research associate for Professor Paul Gompers at Harvard Business School and has a working paper with Paul Gompers, Yuhai Xuan and Vladimir Mukharlyamov on the gender performance gap in the venture capital industry.

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