John S. Earle

George Mason University, USA, and IZA, Germany

World of Labor is another great innovation from IZA. I expect there will come a time when it is indispensable and we will wonder how we ever managed without it

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University, USA

Research interest

Labor economics, development and transition, firm behavior and performance, industry dynamics

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Consultant to World Bank and OECD

Past positions

Central European University, Stockholm School of Economics, Stanford University, Upjohn Institute for Employment Research


PhD Economics, Stanford University, 1988

Selected publications

  • “Employment and wage effects of privatization: Evidence from Hungary, Romania, Russia, and Ukraine.” Economic Journal 120:545 (2010): 683-708 (with D. Brown and A. Telegdy).

  • “Complementarity and custom in wage contract violation.” Review of Economics and Statistics XCI:4 (2009): 832-849 (with K. S. Peter).

  • “Helping hand or grabbing hand? State bureaucracy and privatization effectiveness.” American Political Science Review 103:2 (2009): 264-283 (with D. Brown and S. Gehlbach).

  • “The productivity effects of privatization: Longitudinal estimates from Hungary, Romania, Russia, and Ukraine.” Journal of Political Economy 114:1 (2006): 61-99 (with D. Brown and Á. Telegdy).

  • “How late to pay? Understanding wage arrears in Russia.” Journal of Labor Economics 20:3 (2002): 661-707 (with K. Sabirianova).