Barry Hirsch is the W.J. Usery Chair of the American Workplace at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Department of Economics, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia. Hirsch is an applied labor economist whose research focuses on wage determination in U.S. labor markets. Recent work includes the study of union wage gaps, Census earnings imputation methods, and earnings in regulated and previously regulated industries. Hirsch has authored The Economic Analysis of Unions: New Approaches and Evidence (with J. Addison, 1986) and Labor Unions and the Economic Performance of Firms (1991), and is co-editor (with W. Breit) of Lives of the Laureates, 5th ed., MIT Press (2009). Recent publications have appeared in the Journal of Labor Economics and Journal of Human Resources. He is on several editorial boards, including Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Industrial Relations, and the Southern Economic Journal. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in March 2003.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10571
forthcoming in: the Handbook of Research on Nonprofit Economics and Management

The nonprofit sector's share of wage and salary employment in the U.S. has increased over time, from about 5½ percent in the mid-1990s to 7 percent in 2015. This paper surveys the literature and presents new evidence on the employment and earnings of workers in the nonprofit sector since 1994....

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10245
published in: Economics Letters, 2016, 147 (October), 160-163.

Reported multiple job holding rates in the U.S. are found to be substantially higher among workers in their first month in the CPS sample (the first rotation group), with rates declining in subsequent rotation groups. True rates should not differ across rotation groups. Using 22 years of CPS data, multiple...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9631
published in: Southern Economic Journal, 2017, 84 (1), 26-51

Multiple job holding rates differ substantially across U.S. regions, states, and metropolitan areas. Rates decrease markedly with respect to labor market size. These patterns have been largely overlooked, despite being relatively fixed over (at least) the 1998-2014 period. This paper explores explanations for these persistent differences. We account for over...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9630
published in: IZA Journal of Labor Economics, 2016, 5:4

About 5 percent of U.S. workers hold multiple jobs, which can exacerbate or mitigate employment changes over the business cycle. Theory is ambiguous and prior literature is not fully conclusive. We examine the relationship between multiple job holding and local unemployment rates using a large Current Population Survey data set...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8449
revised version published in: Southern Economic Journal, 2016, 83 (2), 501-526

Employer mandates and other labor demand/supply shocks typically have small effects on wages and employment. These effects should be more discernible using data on employment transitions and wages among new hires rather than incumbents. The Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) dataset provides county by quarter by demographic group data on the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8388
published in: Research in Labor Economics, 2015, 40, 213-275

Economists and sociologists have proposed arguments for why there can exist wage penalties for work involving helping and caring for others, penalties borne disproportionately by women. Evidence on wage penalties is neither abundant nor compelling. We examine wage differentials associated with caring jobs using multiple years of Current Population Survey...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7313
published in: Michael Green and Samuel Estreicher (eds.), The Challenge for Collective Bargaining: Proceedings of the NYU 65th Annual Conference on Labor, LexisNexis, 2013

Public sector unionism grew rapidly during the late 1960s and early 1970s following the passage of state collective bargaining laws. During the last thirty years, public sector membership has grown at roughly the same rate as the overall workforce. This paper provides a descriptive overview of union membership growth and...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6766
revised version published in: Review of Income and Wealth, 2014, 60 (4), 930-947

Progress in narrowing black-white earnings differences has been far from continuous, with some of the apparent progress resulting from labor force withdrawal among lower-skilled African Americans. This paper builds on prior research and documents racial and ethnic differences in male earnings from 1950 through 2010 using data from the decennial...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6757
published in: Industrial Relations, 2014, 53 (1), 1-27.

Using a common methodology, the effects of unions on wage levels and wage dispersion are estimated for two neighboring countries, Bolivia and Chile, and for the U.S. The analysis shows that unions have broadly similar effects on the wage distribution within these three economies. The findings suggest that the political...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6132
Barry Hirsch, Bruce E. Kaufman, Tetyana Zelenska
revised version published in: Industrial Relations, 2015, 54 (2), 188-239

The economic impact of the 2007-2009 increases in the federal minimum wage (MW) is analyzed using a sample of quick-service restaurants in Georgia and Alabama. Store-level biweekly payroll records for individual employees are used, allowing us to precisely measure the MW compliance cost for each restaurant. We examine a broad...