Richard V. Burkhauser

Cornell University, USA, and IZA, Germany

The IZA World of Labor project provides a summary of the latest evidence necessary for evidence-based labor market public policies

IZA World of Labor role

Author, Topic spokesperson

Current position

Emeritus Sarah Gibson Blanding Professor of Public Policy, Department of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University, USA

Research interest

The effect of public policies on the economic behavior and well-being of vulnerable populations

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Former Member of the Council of Economic Advisers, USA, 2017–2019; Consultant to the Australian Government Productivity Commission on Effects of the Australian Minimum Wage on Employment 2015

Past positions

Professorial Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne, Australia, 2012–2017; Senior Research Fellow, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, 2016–2017; Professor, Syracuse University, 1990–1998


PhD Economics, University of Chicago, 1976

Selected publications

  • “Top incomes and inequality in the UK: Reconciling estimates from household survey and tax return data.” Oxford Economic Papers 70:2 (2018): 301–326 (with N. Hérault, S. Jenkins, and R. Wilkins).

  • “Survey under-coverage of top incomes and estimation of inequality: What is the role of the UK's SPI adjustment?” Fiscal Studies 39:2 (2018): 213–240 (with N. Hérault, S. Jenkins, and R. Wilkins).

  • “Minimum cash wages, tipped restaurant workers, and poverty.” Industrial Relations 57:4 (2018): 637–670 (with J. J. Sabia and T. Mackay).

  • “Measuring health insurance benefits: The case of people with disabilities.” Contemporary Economic Policy 35:3 (2017): 439–456 (with J. Larrimore and S. Lyons).

  • “When good measurement goes wrong: New evidence that New York State's minimum wage reduced employment.” Industrial and Labor Relations Review 69:2 (2016): 312–319 (with J. J. Sabia and B. Hansen).