Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, USA, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Senior Economist, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, USA
Labour economics, applied econometrics, and the economics of education
Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Temple University, USA (2017–2021); Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Temple University, USA (2012–2017)
PhD Economics, Cornell University, 2012
“Firm-level monopsony and the gender pay gap.” Industrial Relations (Forthcoming).
“The lifetime earnings premia of different majors: Correcting for selection based on cognitive, noncognitive, and unobserved factors.” Labour Economics 28 (2014): 14–23.
“Do expenditures other than instructional expenditures affect graduation and persistence rates in American higher education?” Economics of Education Review 29:6 (2010): 947–958 (with R. G. Ehrenberg).
While a four-year college degree is financially beneficial for most people, it is not necessarily the best option for everyoneDouglas Webber, October 2014A postsecondary degree is often held up as the one sure path to financial success. But is that true regardless of institutional quality, discipline studied, or individual characteristics? Is a college degree always worth the cost? Students deciding whether to invest in college and what field to study may be making the most important financial decision of their lives. The return to education varies greatly by institutional quality, discipline, and individual characteristics. Estimating the returns for as many options as possible, and making that information as transparent as possible, are paramount in helping prospective students make the best decision.MoreLess