IZA World of Labor
David Neumark

University of California—Irvine, USA, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor role

Author, Topic spokesperson

Current position

University of California—Irvine, Center for Economics and Public Policy—Founding Director; University of California, Irvine, Department of Economics—Chancellor’s Professor of Economics; 2009–present: Charles River Associates—Senior Consultant; 2006–present Stanford University Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality—Fellow; 2004–present: IZA, Institute for the Study of Labor—Research Fellow; 1995–present: National Bureau of Economic Research—Research Associate

Research interest

Labor economics, public policy, econometrics

Past positions

Visiting Lecturer, Renmin University, Hanqing Institute, Beijing, China (2012); Professor of Economics, Michigan State University, Department of Economics (1994–2004); Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Economics (1989–1994)


PhD Economics, Harvard University, 1987

Selected publications

  • “Revisiting the minimum wage-employment debate: Throwing out the baby with the bathwater?” Industrial and Labor Relations Review (Forthcoming) (with J. M. I. Salas and W. Wascher).

  • “Does a higher minimum wage enhance the effectiveness of the earned income tax credit?” Industrial and Labor Relations Review 64:4 (2011): 712–746 (with W. Wascher).

  • “Minimum wages and employment.” Foundations and Trends in Microeconomics 3:1-2 (2007): 1–182 (with W. Wascher).

  • “The effects of minimum wages on the distribution of family incomes: A non-parametric analysis.” Journal of Human Resources 40 (2005): 867–894 (with M. Schweitzer and W. Wascher).

  • “Minimum wages and employment: A case study of the fast-food industry in New Jersey and Pennsylvania: Comment.” American Economic Review 90:5 (2000): 1362–1396 (with W. Wascher). Reprinted in Donohue, J. (ed.). Economics of Labor and Employment Law. Volume 2. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2007.