Robert Moffitt

Johns Hopkins University, USA, and IZA, Germany

World of Labor is an ambitious attempt to convey what we know about labor markets based on the most reliable and creditable research. It should prove to be of immense value to policymakers

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor of Economics, John Hopkins Unversity, USA

Research interest

Labor economics, economies of government benefit and programs

Past positions

Professor of Economics, Brown University, USA (1984–1995)


PhD Economics, Brown University, 1975

Selected publications

  • “The Great Recession and the social safety net." Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 650:1 (2013): 143–166.

  • “Job instability and insecurity for males and females in the 1980s and 1990s.” In: Neumark, D. (ed.). On the Job: Is Long-Term Employment a Thing of the Past? New York: Russell Sage, 2000 (with P. Gottschalk).

  • “The growth of earnings instability in the US labor market.” Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, No. 2 (1994): 217–272 (with P. Gottschalk).

  • “Unemployment insurance and the distribution of unemployment spells.” Journal of Econometrics 28:1 (1985): 85–101.

  • “The effect of unemployment insurance on unemployment.” Review of Economics and Statistics 64:1 (1982): 1–11 (with W. Nicholson).