Department of Economics
My research interests lie in the areas of labor and public economics with an emphasis on using empirical analysis to inform policy-making. Recent work studies how workers and firms value control over hours and scheduling with a specific focus on labor markets where employees have restricted choice over hours.
My job market paper estimates an equilibrium search model to quantify the welfare impact of limiting the discretion firms have over employee hours. In order to separately identify the inputs into the decisions of workers and firms the paper combines data on equilibrium jobs from the U.S. retail sector with data on the stated preferences of workers collected using a specially designed survey instrument. In a counterfactual policy experiment, I find such policies have implications for equilibrium firm efficiency, wages, hours, and employment and that aggregate measures of the welfare impact may miss significant distributional differences across the labor force.
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