Richard B. Freeman

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

IZA World of Labor role

Author, Topic spokesperson


Job market for scientists and engineers, Transformation of scientific ideas into innovations, Chinese labor markets, Effects of immigration and trade on inequality, Labor market representation and shared capitalism


United States


English - Native speaker, French - Non-native speaker

Media experience

Print, Digital, Television, Radio



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Current position

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


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.