Daniel S. Hamermesh

Chief Coordinator, IZA Network; Editor-in-Chief, IZA World of Labor

Barnard College

Daniel S. Hamermesh is Distinguished Scholar, Barnard College, Professor Emeritus, Royal Holloway University of London, and Sue Killam Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin and. His A.B. is from the University of Chicago (1965), his Ph.D. from Yale (1969). He taught from 1969-73 at Princeton, from 1973-93 at Michigan State, from 2009-12 at Maastricht University, and has held visiting professorships in the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and was President of the Society of Labor Economists in 2001. In 2013 that Society gave him the Mincer Award for Lifetime Contributions; he was awarded the IZA Labor Prize; and he received the John R. Commons Award from Omicron Delta Epsilon.

He authored Labor Demand, The Economics of Work and Pay, Economics Is Everywhere, Beauty Pays, and a wide array of articles in labor economics in the leading general and specialized economics journals.

His research concentrates on time use, labor demand, discrimination, social insurance programs (particularly unemployment insurance), and unusual applications of labor economics (to suicide, sleep and beauty).

He joined IZA as a research fellow in July 1998. From December 2001 until July 2008, he was IZA Program Director for the institute's research program "The Future of Labor." He served as IZA Director of Research from August 2008 until January 2009.


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2270
published in: Tito Boeri, Michael Burda, Francis Kramarz (eds.), Working Hours and Job Sharing in the EU and USA: Are Americans Crazy? Are Europeans Lazy? Oxford Univ. Press, 2008
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2060
published as 'Cues for Timing and Coordination: Latitude, Letterman and Longitude' in: Journal of Labor Economics, 2008, 26 (2), 223-246
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2030
published as 'A Structural Model of the Fixed Time Costs of Market Work' (with Stephen G. Donald) in: Economics Letters, 2009, 104 (3), 125-128
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1965
published in: American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2007, 89 (4), 852-863; excerpts also publishd in Economics Letters, 2008, 98 (1), 31-34
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1815
published in: Review of Economics and Statistics, 2007, 89 (2), 374-383
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1680
published in: B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy: Contributions to Economic Analysis and Policy, 2008, 8 (1), Article 3
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1580
published in: Economic Record, 2006, 82 (257), 138-149
IZA Discussion Paper No. 308
published as 'Two-Sided Learning with Applications to Labor Turnover and Worker Displacement' in: Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik, 2008, 228 (5-6), 423 - 445
IZA Discussion Paper No. 173
published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2002, 15 (4), 601-623
IZA Discussion Paper No. 42
published in: Journal of Human Resources, 2001, 36 (1), 1-30