John V. Winters

Iowa State University, USA, and IZA, Germany

The IZA World of Labor is an innovative outlet for academics to share research findings with policymakers and the general public in an easily accessible way. I expect this to be a valuable product for all parties involved

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Iowa State University, USA

Research interest

Regional and urban economics, labor economics, economics of education, public economics, health economics, applied econometrics

Past positions

Associate Professor, Oklahoma State University, 2016–2018; Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University, 2013–2016 Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, 2011–2013; Assistant Professor, Auburn University at Montgomery, 2009–2011


PhD Economics, Georgia State University, 2009

Selected publications

  • “Self-employment differentials among foreign-born STEM and non-STEM workers.” Journal of Business Venturing 32:4 (2017): 371–384 (with Z. Cai).

  • “State merit aid programs and college major: A focus on STEM.” Journal of Labor Economics 33:4 (2015): 973–1006 (with D. Sjoquist).

  • “Estimating the returns to schooling using cohort-level maternal education as an instrument.” Economics Letters 126:1 (2015): 25–27.

  • “STEM graduates, human capital externalities, and wages in the U.S.” Regional Science and Urban Economics 48:1 (2014): 190–198.