Research

My broad research area of interest is in Labor Economics.   My current research in motivated by two facets of the US labor markets, first US employment polarization by skill level and second, the polarized labor market has attributed to growing wage inequality.  Two explanations for these market characteristics are due to skill-biased-technological-change (SBTC) and increased import competition from abroad.  My job market paper explores a possible supply side explanation through worker mobility in conjecture with the demand shocks stated above.  The relevance of this research is to understand how workers may choose to adjust to such shocks through skill reallocation and what are the outcomes from those adjustments.

Building on the foundations of my job market paper, I along with my co-author Todd Sorensen, explore the relative magnitude of shocks workers face depending on how "isolated" their occupation is in a labor market.   

Expanding on the line of research regarding occupational task content, I with my co-author Sankar Mukhopadhyay study if workers immigrating to the US experience returns to their source country task-specific human capital.  

Overall, my research aims to provide a further understanding to how workers adjust to shocks in the labor market, what types of workers may be faced with more adverse outcomes, and policy implications to mitigate the severity of economic shocks.

Research Projects:

    Working Papers:
  • "Costs of Skill Reallocation Across Occupational Task Measures" (revise & resubmit at the Journal of Labor Research)
    Works In Progress:
  • "Are Workers In Task-Isolated Occupations More Affected By Negative Labor Demand Shocks" with Todd Sorensen
  • "New Evidence on International Transferability of Human Capital" with Sankar Mukhopadhyay
  • "Do Firms with More Vacancies Have to Offer Higher Wages?" with Stephen Barnes and Todd Sorensen
A copy of my job market paper and research statement can be found in the links below.
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Eric Gibbons,
Sep 28, 2017, 8:19 PM
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Eric Gibbons,
Sep 28, 2017, 8:27 PM