Peter J. Kuhn

University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, and IZA, Germany

I am excited to be a part of this innovative project. I hope that policymakers and academics alike will find World of Labor a useful way to quickly learn the latest state of research on a wide range of issues in labor policy

IZA World of Labor role

Author, Topic spokesperson

Current position

Professor of Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Research interest

Labor economics

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Consultant to Industry Canada, and to Human Resources and Skill Development Canada

Past positions

Professor of Economics, McMaster University; Professor of Economics, University of Western Ontario, Canada


PhD Economics, Harvard University, 1983

Selected publications

  • “Gender discrimination in job ads: Evidence from China.” Quarterly Journal of Economics 128:1 (2013): 287-336 (with K. Shen).

  • “The effects of lottery prizes on winners and their neighbors: Evidence from the Dutch postcode lottery.” American Economic Review 101:5 (2011): 2226-2247 (with P. Kooreman, A. Soetevent, and A. Kapteyn).

  • “Internet job search and unemployment durations.” American Economic Review 94:1 (2004): 218–232 (with M. Skuterud).

  • “Leadership skills and wages.” Journal of Labor Economics 23:3 (2005): 395–436 (with C. Weinberger).

  • “A theory of holdouts in wage bargaining.” American Economic Review 88 (June 1998): 428–449 (with W. Gu).