Barnard College, USA, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Author, Editor-in-Chief, Subject Editor, Topic spokesperson
Distinguished Scholar, Barnard College, USA, and Director of Research Network, IZA
Labor economics, including time use, discrimination, labor demand
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Member, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Technical Advisory Committee, 2012–2015; Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee, and Member, ex officio, Board of Trustees, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), 2003–2009
Professor of Economics, Royal Holloway University of London, UK, 1993–2017; Sue Killam Professor of Economics, University of Texas at Austin, USA; Professor of Economics, Michigan State University, USA, 1973–1993; Assistant Professor of Economics, Princeton University, USA, 1969–1973
PhD Economics, Yale University, 1969
Beauty Pays. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2011.
“Strike three: Discrimination, incentives and evaluation.” American Economic Review (2011) (with C. Parsons, J. Sulaeman, and M. Yates).
“Stressed out on four continents: Time crunch or yuppie kvetch.” Review of Economics and Statistics (2007) (with J. Lee).
Labor Demand. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1993.
“Labor demand and the structure of adjustment costs.” American Economic Review (1989).
The labor market in the US, 2000–2020 Updated
Covid-19 ended the longest US economic expansion, pushing unemployment to its highest level with a slow and incomplete recoveryDaniel S. Hamermesh, October 2021As the largest economy in the world, the US labor market is crucial to the economic well-being of citizens worldwide as well as, of course, that of its own citizens. Since 2000 the US labor market has undergone substantial changes, reflecting the Great Recession and the Covid Recession, but also resulting from some striking trends. Most interesting have been a remarkable drop in the labor force participation rate, reversing a nearly 50-year trend; the full recovery of unemployment after 2010 and its skyrocketing in 2020; and the little-known continuing growth in post-inflation average earnings.MoreLess
Do labor costs affect companies’ demand for labor? Updated
Overtime penalties, payroll taxes, and other labor policies alter costs and change employment and outputDaniel S. Hamermesh, February 2021Higher labor costs (higher wage rates and employee benefits) make workers better off, but they can reduce companies’ profits, the number of jobs, and the hours each person works. The minimum wage, overtime pay, payroll taxes, and hiring subsidies are just a few of the policies that affect labor costs. Policies that increase labor costs can substantially affect both employment and hours, in individual companies as well as in the overall economy.MoreLess