Richard B. Freeman

Harvard University and NBER, USA, IZA, Germany, and LSE, UK

It is important to take academic research of the rising trend of inequality from measurement and study of causes to suggesting policy solutions. I congratulate the IZA World of Labor for creating a vehicle for this bridge

IZA World of Labor role

Author, Topic spokesperson

Current position

Ascherman Chair in Economics at Harvard University and Co-Director of the Labor and Work Life Forum at the Harvard Law School

Research interest

Labor economics, economics of science and technology, China


PhD, Harvard University, 1969

Selected publications

  • “Supply and salary adjustments to the changing science manpower market: Physics, 1948–1973.” American Economic Review 65:1 (1975): 27–39.

  • “Are your wages set in Beijing?” Journal of Economic Perspectives 9:3 (1995): 15–32.

  • What Workers Want. Ithaca, NY: ILR Press for Russell Sage Foundation, 2006 (with J. Rogers).

  • America Works. New York: Russell Sage and Cornell, 2007.The Citizen's Share. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2013.