Christopher Jepsen

University College Dublin, Ireland, and IZA, Germany

I was delighted to be asked to contribute to this project. IZA World of Labor should be a valuable resource on all major topics in labor economics. It will be useful for a wide audience including policymakers and researchers

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Lecturer, University College Dublin, Ireland

Research interest

Economics of education, labor economics, demographic economics

Past positions

Research fellow, Public Policy Institute of California in San Francisco (2000–2006); Assistant Professor of Economics and the Associate Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Kentucky (2006–2012)


PhD Economics, Northwestern University, 2000

Selected publications

  • “Class size reduction and student achievement: The potential tradeoff between teacher quality and class size.” Journal of Human Resources 44:1 (2009): 223–250 (with S. Rivkin).

  • “Labor-market returns to the GED using regression discontinuity analysis.” Journal of Political Economy, forthcoming (with P. Mueser and K. Troske).

  • “The labor-market returns for community college degrees, diplomas, and certificates.” Journal of Labor Economics 32:1 (2014): 95–121 (with K. Troske and P. Coomes).

  • “Teacher characteristics and student achievement: Evidence from teacher surveys.” Journal of Urban Economics 57:2 (2005): 302–319.