Joni Hersch

Vanderbilt University, USA, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor role

Author, Topic spokesperson


Labor discrimination, Economics of gender, Color discrimination, Work–family interaction, Sexual harassment


United States


English - Native speaker

Media experience

Print, Digital, Television, Radio



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Current position

Professor of Law and Economics, Vanderbilt University Law School, USA

Past positions

Adjunct Professor of Law, Harvard Law School (2004–2006); Professor of Economics, University of Wyoming (1995–1999)


PhD Economics, Northwestern University, 1981

Selected publications

  • “Fifty years later: The legacy of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 34:2 (2015): 424–456 (with J. B. Shinall).

  • “Opting out among women with elite education.” Review of Economics of the Household 11:4 (2013): 469–506.

  • “Immigrant status and the value of statistical life.” Journal of Human Resources 45:3 (2010): 749–771 (with W. K. Viscusi).

  • “Profiling the new immigrant worker: The effects of skin color and height.” Journal of Labor Economics 26:2 (2008): 345–386.

  • “Compensating differentials for gender-specific job injury risks.” American Economic Review 88:3 (1998): 598–607.