Joni Hersch

Vanderbilt University, USA, and IZA, Germany

Drawing on research throughout the world, the IZA World of Labor provides immediate and highly readable access to the frontier of labor policy. It is a remarkable resource for communicating the key findings on a broad range of labor policy matters

IZA World of Labor role

Author, Topic spokesperson

Current position

Professor of Law and Economics, Vanderbilt University Law School, USA

Research interest

Employment discrimination and empirical law and economics

Past positions

Adjunct Professor of Law, Harvard Law School (2004–2006); Professor of Economics, University of Wyoming (1995–1999)


PhD Economics, Northwestern University, 1981

Selected publications

  • “Fifty years later: The legacy of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 34:2 (2015): 424–456 (with J. B. Shinall).

  • “Opting out among women with elite education.” Review of Economics of the Household 11:4 (2013): 469–506.

  • “Immigrant status and the value of statistical life.” Journal of Human Resources 45:3 (2010): 749–771 (with W. K. Viscusi).

  • “Profiling the new immigrant worker: The effects of skin color and height.” Journal of Labor Economics 26:2 (2008): 345–386.

  • “Compensating differentials for gender-specific job injury risks.” American Economic Review 88:3 (1998): 598–607.