Kerry L. Papps

University of Bath, UK, and IZA, Germany

I'm pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to IZA World of Labor. Economic research can be impenetrable at times, so it's crucial to have a forum where its findings are put in context and viewed through a policy lens

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Senior Lecturer, University of Bath, UK

Research interest

Labor supply decisions of married women, the assimilation experiences of immigrants, optimal team construction in major league baseball and the disemployment effects of different policies that raise labor costs

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Consultant to UK Low Pay Commission

Past positions

Postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Economics and Nuffield College, Oxford; research analyst at the New Zealand Department of Labour


PhD Economics, Cornell University, USA

Selected publications

  • "The transmission of women’s fertility, human capital and work orientation across immigrant generations." Journal of Population Economics 26:2 (2013): 405–435 (with F. D. Blau, L. M. Kahn, and A. Y.-H. Liu).

  • "The effects of social security taxes and minimum wages on employment: Evidence from Turkey." Industrial and Labor Relations Review 65:3 (2012): 686–707.

  • "Heterogeneous worker ability and team-based production: Evidence from major league baseball, 1920–2009." Labour Economics 18:3 (2011): 310–319 (with A. Bryson and R. Gomez).

  • "Gender, source country characteristics, and labor market assimilation among immigrants." Review of Economics and Statistics 93:1 (2011): 43–58 (with F. D. Blau and L. M. Kahn).

  • "Cross-assignment discrimination in pay: A test case of major league baseball." Labour Economics 28 (2014): 84–95 (with Ö. B. Bodvarsson and J. G. Sessions).