Stephen Burks is Professor of Economics and Management at the University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM). He earned his Ph.D. in economics in 1999 from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His two main research areas are experimental and behavioral personnel economics, and the economics of the U.S. trucking industry, and he discovered his interest in the former in part through his work on the labor market of the latter. His empirical research has addressed how experimentally identified social, loss, time, and risk preferences affect the way in which labor economics explains the employment relationship. More recently he has been working on the relationship between the health status of truckers and their accident risk, turnover, productivity, and medical costs. He is affiliated with the Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics ("CeDEx," University of Nottingham, UK), the Center for Transportation Studies (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities), the Region 5 Roadway Safety Institute (a USDOT University Transportation Center), and he is past Chair of the standing technical Committee on Trucking Industry Research (AT060) at the Transportation Research Board (a division of the National Research Councils of the U.S.) His work has been published in Sleep, Management Science, the Review of Economic Studies, Experimental Economics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (USA), the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Accident Analysis and Prevention, and the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, among other places, and he received the UMM Faculty Distinguished Research award in 2014. He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in March 2005.


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7952
Stephen V. Burks, Connor Lewis, Paul Kivi, Amanda Wiener, Jon E. Anderson, Lorenz Götte, Colin G. DeYoung, Aldo Rustichini
revised version published as 'Cognitive Skills, Personality, and Economic Preferences in Collegiate Success' in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2015, 115, 30–44
IZA Discussion Paper No. 7382
revised version published as 'The Value of Hiring through Employee Referrals' in: Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2015, 130(2), 805-839
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6750
revised version published as "Toward the Integration of Personality Theory and Decision Theory in the Explanation of Economic Behavior" in: Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Vol. 64, October, 2016, pp. 122-137.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6408
Jon E. Anderson, Manjari Govada, Tricia K. Steffen, Chris P. Thorne, Vasileia Varvarigou, Stefanos N. Kales, Stephen V. Burks
revised version published as 'Obesity is associated with the future risk of heavy truck crashes among newly recruited commercial drivers,' in: Accident Analysis and Prevention, 2012, 49, 378-384