Cynthia Bansak

St Lawrence University, USA, and IZA, Germany

World of Labor is an invaluable resource not only for researchers and policy makers, but for those who need accessible, timely, and easy-to-digest information about the current state of global labor markets. The articles are brief, innovative, and informative for those who would like a quick up-to-date summary of a topic and they also provide insight and direction for those who would like a more in-depth analysis and suggestions for further reading

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Current position

Professor of Economics, St Lawrence University

Research interest

Labor economics, international immigration, remittances, educational attainment, and business cycles.

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Economist, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 1999–2001

Past positions

Professor, St Lawrence University, 2015–Present; Associate Professor, St Lawrence University, 2010–2015; Assistant Professor, San Diego State University, 2001–2007


PhD Economics, University of California, San Diego, 1999

Selected publications

  • The Economics of Immigration. Oxford: Routledge, 2015 (with N. B. Simpson and M. Zavodny).

  • “Remittances, school quality, and household education expenditures in Nepal.” IZA Journal of Migration 4:16 (2015) (with B. Chezum and A. Giri).

  • “Business cycles and gender diversification: An analysis of establishment-level gender dissimilarity.” American Economic Review 102:3 (2012): 561–565 (with M. Graham and A. Zebedee).

  • “Money transfers among banked and unbanked mexican immigrants.” Southern Economic Journal 73:2 (2006): 374–401 (with C. Amuedo-Dorantes).

  • “Immigration reform and the earnings of latino workers: Do employer sanctions cause discrimination?” Industrial and Labor Relations Review 54:2 (2001): 275–295 (with S. Raphael).