Brian C. Cadena

University of Colorado Boulder, USA, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor is making excellent progress toward the goal of making the research frontier accessible and digestible for policymakers and academics. I’m very pleased to contribute to this important effort in service of better evidence-based policymaking

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Associate Professor, University of Colorado Boulder, USA

Research interest

Labor economics, applied econometrics, public economics.

Past positions

Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Boulder, USA


PhD Economics, University of Michigan, 2008

Selected publications

  • “Investment over the business cycle: Insights from college major choice.” Journal of Labor Economics 39:4 (2021): 1043–1082 (with E. Blom and B. J. Keys).

  • “Immigrants equilibrate local labor markets: Evidence from the Great Recession.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 8:1 (2016): 257–290 (with B. K. Kovak).

  • “Human capital and the lifetime costs of impatience.” American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 7:3 (2015): 126–153 (with B. J. Keys).

  • “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.