Kathryn L. Shaw

Stanford University and National Bureau of Economic Research, USA, and IZA, Germany

In my experience working in the President Clinton Council of Economic Advisers, I saw first-hand that policymakers do turn to academics for advice. I think World of Labor will enable them to do so more often. I also think it can be useful in teaching classes

IZA World of Labor role

Subject Editor

Current position

Ernest C. Arbuckle Professor of Economics, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

Research interest

Labor economics, personnel economics

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Council of Economic Advisors, Executive Office of the President, Member (Senate confirmed, June 2000) 1999-2001

Past positions

Professor of Economics, Carnegie Mellon University


PhD Economics, Harvard University, 1981

Selected publications

  • “The Value of Bosses.” Journal of Labor Economics (Forthcoming) (with E. Lazear and C. Stanton).

  • “How Does Information Technology affect Productivity? Plant-Level Comparisons of Product Innovation, Process Improvement and Worker Skills.” Quarterly Journal of Economics 122:4 (2007): 1721-1758 (with A. Bartel and C. Ichniowski).

  • “Personnel Economics: The Economist’s View of Human Resources.” Journal of Economic Perspectives 21:4 (2007): 91-114 (with E. Lazear).

  • “The Effects of Human Resource Management Practices on Productivity.” American Economic Review 86 (1997): 291-313 (with C. Ichniowski and G. Prennushi).

  • “The Dynamics of Franchise Contracting: Evidence from Panel Data.” Journal of Political Economy 107 (1999): 1041-1080 (with F. Lafontaine).