Gary S. Fields

Cornell University, USA, and IZA, Germany

World of Labor is a great resource for learning about the highlights of each specialty in a most accessible format. I recommend it strongly to colleagues, students, and the general public

IZA World of Labor role

Author, Topic spokesperson

Current position

Professor of Economics and John P. Windmuller Chair of International and Comparative Labor, Cornell University, USA

Research interest

Labor economics, development economics

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Advisor to the World Bank, WIDER, Asian Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, International Labor Organization, Global Development Network and the United Nations, among others

Past positions

Assistant and Associate Professor of Economics, Yale University, USA 1972–1978


PhD Economics, University of Michigan, 1972

Selected publications

  • Working Hard, Working Poor. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.Distribution and Development. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press and the Russell Sage Foundation, 2001.

  • “Labor market modeling and the urban informal sector: Theory and evidence.” In: Turnham, D., B. Salomé, and A. Schwarz (eds). The Informal Sector Revisited. Paris: OECD, 1990.

  • “On inequality comparisons.” Econometrica (1978) (with J. C. H. Fei).

  • “Rural-urban migration, urban unemployment and underemployment, and job search activity in LDCs.” Journal of Development Economics (1975).