Dan A. Black

University of Chicago and NORC at the University of Chicago, USA, and IZA, Germany

This is an exciting outreach program. I very much hope that the IZA World of Labor improves the ability of policymakers to make data drive decisions in Germany, Europe, and throughout the world

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor and Deputy Dean, Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago, USA

Research interest

Labor economics, applied econometrics

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Member, National Academies Sciences, Committee on National Statistics, Standing Committee on the Future of Major NSF-Funded Social Surveys, September 1, 2015 to October 31, 2016; Co-Research Director, CWICstat, 2009–2014; Committee on National Statistics of the National Academy of Science Panel, “Assessing the Benefits of the American Community Survey for the NSF Survey of College Graduates,” 2007–2009

Past positions

Trustee Professor of Economics, Syracuse University, 2004–2007; Professor of Economic, Syracuse University, 1999–2004; Assistant, Associate, and Professor of Economics, University of Kentucky, 1983–1999


PhD Economics, Purdue University, 1983

Selected publications

  • “The impact of the great migration on the mortality of African-Americans: Evidence from deep south” American Economics Review 105:2 (2015): 477–503 (with S. Sanders, E. Taylor, and L. Taylor).

  • “Predictive inference using latent variables with covariates.” Psychometrika 80:3 (2015): 727–747 (with L. Schofield, B. Junker, and L. Taylor).

  • “Is the threat of reemployment services more effective than the services themselves? Evidence from UI system using random assignment.” American Economic Review 93:4 (2003): 1313–1327 (J. Smith, M. Berger, and B. Noel).

  • “The impact of economic conditions on disability program participation: Evidence from coal boom and bust.” American Economic Review March 92:1 (2002): 27–50 (with K. Daniel and S. Sanders).

  • “Discrimination in an equilibrium search model.” Journal of Labor Economics 13:2 (1995): 308–333.