- applied labor economics
- applied micromiconometrics
- comparative economics
- comparative political economy
- consequences of foreign ownership
- corporate governance
- Eastern Europe
- firm reorganization
- firm-level productity
- industry dynamics
- labor mobility
- misallocation and adjustment costs
- small firm growth
- technology adoption
John S. Earle has been an IZA Research Fellow since 1999, shortly after IZA's founding. The recipient of economics and piano degrees from Oberlin College and Conservatory and the economics MA and PhD from Stanford University, he has taught at George Mason University's School of Public Policy (since 2010), the Central European University (1991-2013), Stanford University (1990-2000), the Stockholm School of Economics (1997-2001), and the University of Vienna (1991). He has been an affiliated researcher with the Institute for International Studies at Stanford (1995-97), the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (1997-2001), the Center for Advanced Studies in Vienna (1991-92) and the Brookings Institution (1987).
Professor Earle's research focuses on the firm-level and worker-level effects of public policies, particularly issues involving structural and institutional change, and he has written widely on labor markets, political economy, firm performance, privatization and corporate governance, entrepreneurship, industry dynamics, organizational practices, productivity, and the consequences of restructuring for employees. His approach is comparative, institutional, and interdisciplinary, and much of his work develops and analyzes large micro-databases for multiple economies in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the US.
Publications include more than 60 articles in refereed scholarly journals such as the Journal of Political Economy, Economic Journal, Journal of Finance, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Labor Economics, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Labour Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Research in Labor Economics, American Political Science Review, Academy of Management Journal, European Economic Review, Lancet, and Corporate Governance. He has also published four books and numerous chapters in edited volumes, as well as articles and reports for policymakers and broader audiences.
Professor Earle's policy experience includes stints at the Council of Economic Advisers, the Congressional Budget Office, and the U.S. Geological Survey in Washington, D.C., and policy advising and consulting with the World Bank, OECD, USAID, and the Russian-European Center for Economic Policy. He is also Director of the Labor Project at the Central European University and a past president of the Association for Comparative Economic Studies.
He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in October 1999.