July 2013 - Present
University of Minnesota- Twin Cities
Carlson School of Management
Work & Organizations Group
Graduate Faculty, Applied Economics (by courtesy)
Graduate Faculty, Minnesota Population Center (by courtesy)
Member, Social Media and Business Analytics Collaborative (SOBACO)
Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management
Ph.D., Management, Institute for Work & Employment
Dissertation: “Sustained Rents and Imperfect Labor Markets:
Essays on Recruitment, Training, Job Mobility, and Incentives”
Chairs: David Autor (MIT Economics) and Paul
Osterman (MIT Sloan)
Cornell University, School of
Industrial and Labor Relations
B.S. in Industrial
and Labor Relations (Honors), GPA 3.91
Title: “A Game Theoretic Approach to Social Dialogue”
Oxford University, Pembroke College
student (one year) in Economics and Management
Fellowships and Honors
- 65th LERA Meetings, Best Dissertation Award, for "Do Agents Game Their Agents' Behavior?" 2013.
Sage Co-PI, “Is College Still Worth It?” 2012.
- 64th LERA
Meetings of the ASSA, Winner of Best Doctoral Student Paper, for "A Theory of Dual Job Search." 2012.
P. Sloan Fellowship. 2008.
Presidential Graduate Fellowship. 2007.
- Joel Seidman Memorial Prize, for
“A Game Theoretic Approach to Social Dialogue." 2007
- Irving M. Ives Award, for
service to the ILR School. 2007.
- Golden Key Outstanding
Membership Award for Community Service. 2007.
- Hunter R. Rawlings III Cornell
Presidential Research Scholarship. 2005.
- Undergraduate Academic Research
Publications and Working Papers
- Kochan, Thomas A., David B. Lipsky, and
Mary Newhart, and Alan Benson. 2010. “The Long-Haul Effects of Interest Arbitration: The Case of New York State’s Taylor Law.” Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 64(4): 565-84.
- Benson, Alan. 2013. “Firm-Sponsored General Education and Mobility Frictions: Evidence from Hospital Sponsorship of Nursing Schools and Faculty.” Journal of
Health Economics, 32(1): 149-59.
- Benson, Alan. 2012. “Labor Market Trends Among Registered Nurses: 2008-2011.” Policy, Politics, and Nursing Practice, 13(4): 205-13. [Formerly: “The (New)
Economics of Staffing Registered Nurses.”]
- Benson, Alan. “Re-Thinking the Two-Body Problem: The Segregation of Women into Geographically-Flexible Occupations.” Revise and Resubmit at Demography.
- Benson, Alan. “A Theory of Dual Job Search and Sex-Based Occupational Clustering.” Working paper.
- Benson, Alan. “Do Agents Game their Agents’ Behavior? Evidence from Sales Managers.” Working paper.
- Benson, Alan, Raimundo Estevan, and Frank
Levy. “The Economics of BA Ambivalence: The Case of California Higher Education.” Working Paper.
“Do Agents Game their Agents’ Behavior?
Evidence from Sales Managers.”
- ASSA LERA Meeting 2014, for session "What Impact do Managers Really Have?" Spring 2014
- 65th LERA Meetings in St. Louis (Winner- Best Dissertation), Summer 2013
- Wharton School of Business Conference on People
and Organizations (Plenary), Fall 2012
- MIT Sloan Organizational Economics Lunch, Summer
MIT Economics Applied Microeconomics Lunch,
- Rutgers University, School of Management and
Labor Relations, Fall 2012
- University of Maryland, Smith School of Business,
- University of Chicago, Booth School of Business,
- University of Minnesota, Carlson School of
Management, Winter 2013
- Case Western Reserve University, Department of
Economics, Winter 2013
- Duke University, Fuqua School of Business,
- Johns Hopkins University, Carey Business School,
- University of Illinois, School of Labor and
Employment Relations, Winter 2013
- London Business School, Trans-Atlantic Doctoral
Conference, Spring 2013
- Cornell University, Institute for Compensation
Research, Spring 2013
- 66th LERA Meetings, Winter 2014
“A Theory of Dual Job Search and Sex-Based
- AEA Annual Meeting 2014, for session "Employment Structure and Inequality," Spring 2014
- Best Student Paper
Competition Finalist Talk (Winner) at the 64th LERA Meetings, Winter
- Wharton School of Business
Conference on People and Organizations (Plenary), Fall 2011
- Cornell University, School of
Industrial and Labor Relations, Fall 2011
- MIT IWER Seminar, Fall 2011
- MIT Economics Labor Lunch, Fall 2011
- American Sociological Association Annual
Meeting in Las Vegas, Summer 2011
- Academy of Management Annual Meeting
in San Antonio, Summer 2011
- MOOD Doctoral Workshop in Economic
Theory & Econometrics at the Einaudi Institute for
and Finance (EIEF) in Rome, Summer 2011
- IWAEE Conference in Catanzaro,
Italy, Summer 2011
- London Business School, Transatlantic Doctoral Conference, Spring 2011
- MIT Sloan Economic Sociology Working
Group, Summer 2010
- MIT Sloan IWER Seminar, Spring 2010
- MIT Economics Labor Lunch, Spring
Education and Mobility Frictions: Evidence from Hospitals’ Sponsorship of
Nursing Schools and Faculty”
- Wharton School of Business Conference on People
and Organizations, Summer 2009
- MIT Labor Economics Lunch, Spring 2009
- MIT Sloan IWER Seminar, Fall 2008
- American Rights at Work Conference at Georgetown
University, Summer 2011
- ASSA IO Society discussant for "Organization of Organizations", Spring 2014
- Compensation and Benefits (Masters), 2014 (exp.)
- Negotiation Strategies (Masters), 2014 (exp.)
- Economic Analysis for HRIR (PhD), 2013
Graduate Instructor/ Teaching Assistant (MIT)
Fellows Math Review, 2009-2013
and Negotiations, John Richardson, 2012
- Doctoral Seminar in
Work & Employment, Thomas A. Kochan, 2012
and Leading People and Organizations, Paul Osterman, 2010-2013
and Negotiations, Daniel J. Shapiro, 2009
with Data, Arnold Barnett, 2008-2009
- Managerial Psychology, Dania Dialdin, 2012
- People and
Organizations, Thomas A. Kochan, 2008, 2010