Lawrence M. Kahn

Cornell University, USA, and IZA, Germany

The IZA World of Labor series provides excellent summaries of current research on important policy-related issues. The contributions are both timely and accessible

IZA World of Labor role

Author, Topic spokesperson

Current position

Braunstein Family Professor and Professor of Economics, ILR School, Cornell University, USA

Research interest

International differences in labor market institutions and labor market outcomes such as wage inequality, unemployment, and the gender pay gap; sports labor markets; immigration and the labor market

Past positions

Research Fellow, National Centre for Econometric Research, Australia, 2008; Visiting Fellow, Department of Economics, Princeton University, 2005–2006; Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation, 1999–2000


PhD Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 1975

Selected publications

  • “Female labor supply: Why is the US falling behind?” American Economic Review 103:3 (2013): 251–256 (with F. D. Blau).

  • “Gender, source country characteristics and labor market assimilation among immigrants: 1980-2000.” The Review of Economics and Statistics 93:1 (2011): 43–58 (with F. D. Blau and K. L. Papps).

  • “The impact of employment protection mandates on demographic temporary employment patterns: International microeconomic evidence.” The Economic Journal 117:521 (2007): F333–F356.

  • “Collective bargaining and the interindustry wage structure: International evidence.” Economica 65:260 (1998): 507–534.

  • "International differences in male wage inequality: Institutions versus market forces." Journal of Political Economy 104:4 (1996): 791–837 (with F. D. Blau).