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Simon Jäger is an Assistant Professor at MIT and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Before joining MIT, he worked at the Institute on Behavior and Inequality (briq) as a Postdoctoral Researcher.
Simon conducts research in labor, public, and behavioral economics. He graduated with a PhD in economics from Harvard University after studying economics at the University of Bonn and the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation was awarded the W.E. Upjohn Institute Dissertation Award's First Prize and Harvard University's David A. Wells Prize for the best dissertation in economics. His work combines experimental and quasi-experimental methods with large, administrative datasets to shed light on the functioning of labor markets and the origins and consequences of inequality. He joined the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) as a Research Affiliate in 2009.