Brian Kovak is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University. His research focuses on the local labor market effects of international trade and migration.

Dr. Kovak’s current work studies the local labor market effects of trade liberalization, developing theoretically motivated empirical approaches based on specific-factors models of local economies. In several projects, he employs these empirical approaches using household survey and matched employer-employee data from Brazil to study the effects of liberalization on wages, employment, informality, and the skill premium. Dr. Kovak’s work also addresses the role of immigrants’ geographic mobility in equalizing wage differences across U.S. local labor markets. His research has been published in leading journals such as the American Economic Review.

Dr. Kovak received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan in 2010, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Indiana in 2004, and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Penn State in 2002. He is a Faculty Research fellow at the NBER. He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in January 2015.

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