US Department of Labor, USA, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Deputy Director, Office of Economic and Labor Research, Bureau of International Labor Affairs, US Department of Labor
Economics of core labor standards, economic causes and consequences of child labor, the labor market implications of financial crises, the informal sector, economic welfare analyses of minimum wage laws, job stability, and the employment impacts of trade agreements
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Senior Economist, President’s Council of Economic Advisers (2013–2014); Chair, Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD) Employment, Labor and Social Affairs Committee (2015–present); Chair, Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD) Working Party on Employment (2006–2011)
Professorial Lecturer in Economics, Georgetown University (August 1995–May 1996); Teaching Assistant, Georgetown University (1988–1992)
PhD Economics, Georgetown University, 1992
“Adult returns to schooling and children’s school enrollment: Theory and evidence from South Africa.” Research in Labor Economics 31 (2010): 291–319 (with S. Donovan).
“A theory of exploitative child labor.” Oxford Economic Papers 60:1 (2008): 20–41 (with C. A. Rogers).
“Slave redemption when it takes time to redeem slaves.” In: Appiah, A., and M. Bunzl (eds). The Ethics and Economics of Slave Redemption. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007 (with C. A. Rogers).
“Does child labor decrease when parental incomes rise?” Journal of Political Economy 112:4 (2004): 939–946 (with C. A. Rogers).
“The economics of child labor: Comment.” American Economic Review 89:5 (1999): 1382–1385 (with C. A. Rogers).
Raising future expected monetary gains to schooling and poor families’ current incomes promotes school enrollment in developing countriesKenneth A. Swinnerton, October 2016Universal completion of secondary education by 2030 is among the targets set by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Higher expected adult wages traced to schooling may play a major role in reaching this target as they are predicted to induce increased school enrollment for children whose families wish to optimally invest in their children’s future. However, low incomes and the obligation to meet immediate needs may forestall such investment. Studies suggest that school enrollment in developing countries is positively correlated with higher expected future wages, but poor families continue to under-enroll their children.MoreLess