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Lisa B. Kahn
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Kahn Lisa Kahn is an assistant professor of economics at the Yale School of Management, where she focuses on research topics related to labor, organizations and education. Professor Kahn teaches the Employee and Competitive Strategy and the Internal Organization of the Firm in the MBA program. She has been at Yale since 2008 and was also a visiting fellow at Brookings Institution. She holds an A.B. in economics from the University of Chicago and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

Her most recent work develops a methodology for measuring the contributions of employer learning and productivity evolution in determining life-cycle earnings. She has also examined the consequences of graduating from college in an economic downturn, finding surprisingly long-lasting, negative wage effects. Her related work on recessions suggests that lower quality firms make a larger share of the hires in economic downturns and workers stay in these jobs for longer than those matching in booms.

Her recent published works include "The Long-Term Labor Market Consequences of Graduating from College in a Bad Economy," Labour Economics, Vol. 17, No. 2, April 2010, and "The Plight of Mixed Race Kids" (with R. Fryer, S. Levitt and J. Spenkuch), Review of Economics and Statistics. Her work has been widely cited in both academic articles and in the press, including such publications as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Atlantic, Financial Times, Slade, Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Business Week.

In 2010-2011, Professor Kahn served as a senior economist in President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers. There, she focused on labor and education policy.

She joined IZA as a Research Fellow in November 2012.
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IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
8646  Lisa B. Kahn
Erika McEntarfer
Employment Cyclicality and Firm Quality
7147  Lisa B. Kahn
Asymmetric Information between Employers
(published in: American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2013, 5 (4), 165-205)
5054  Lisa B. Kahn
Fabian Lange
Employer Learning, Productivity and the Earnings Distribution: Evidence from Performance Measures
(forthcoming in: Review of Economic Studies [revised version])



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