University of Colorado Boulder, USA, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Boulder
Labor economics, applied econometrics, public economics.
PhD Economics, University of Michigan, 2008
“Immigrants equilibrate local labor markets: Evidence from the Great Recession.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 8:1 (2016): 257–290 (with B. K. Novak).
“Human capital and the lifetime costs of impatience.” American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 7:3 (2015): 126–153 (with B. J. Keys).
“Recent immigrants as labor market arbitrageurs: Evidence from the minimum wage.” Journal of Urban Economics 80 (2014): 1–12.
“Can self-control explain avoiding free money? Evidence from interest-free student loans”. Review of Economics and Statistics 95:4 (2013): 1117-1129 (with B. J. Keys).
“Native competition and low-skilled immigrant inflows.” The Journal of Human Resources 48:4 (2013): 910–944.
Some people would be happier if they were required to stay in school longer or search harder for a job while unemployedBrian C. Cadena, February 2016Standard economic theory suggests that individuals know best how to make themselves happy. Thus, policies designed to encourage “better” behaviors will only reduce people’s happiness. Recently, however, economists have explored the role of impatience, especially difficulties with delaying gratification, in several important economic choices. There is strong evidence that some people have trouble following through on investments that best serve their long-term interests. These findings open the door to policies encouraging or requiring better behaviors, which would allow people to commit to the choices they truly want to make.MoreLess