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.