Peter Gottschalk joined the Economics Faculty at Boston C0llege in 1987. He is currently Research Professor of Economics. He previously held positions at the Russell Sage Foundation, Brookings Institution, University of California Santa Cruz, among other institutions. He received his BA from George Washington University and his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. He has published in journals such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Economic Literature, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of Human Resources, and Industrial and Labor Relations Review. He is currently affiliated with Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin.

His current research focuses on changes in the transitory variance of earnings, the impact of measurement error on measures of wage stickiness, and intergenerational income mobility

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in April 2003.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 5039
published in: American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 2014, 6 (1), 70-101

Nominal wage stickiness is an important component of recent medium-scale structural macroeconomic models, but to date there has been little microeconomic evidence supporting the assumption of sluggish nominal wage adjustment. We present evidence on the frequency of nominal wage adjustment using data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2331

This paper revisits the old question of whether wage growth differs by education level. Do more educated workers invest more than less educated workers in firm specific, sector specific or general human capital? Do they gain more from improved job match? The paper makes both a methodological and a substantive...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2327
Peter T. Gottschalk, Minh Huynh
published in: Review of Economics and Statistics, 2010, 92 (2), 302 - 315

Measures of inequality and mobility based on self-reported earnings reflect attributes of both the joint distribution of earnings across time and the joint distribution of measurement error and earnings. While classical measurement error would increase measures of inequality and mobility there is substantial evidence that measurement error in earnings is...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1327
published in: Review of Economics and Statistics, 2005, 87 (3), 556-568

This paper presents a new method to correct for measurement error in wage data and applies this method to address an old question. How much downward wage flexibility is there in the U.S? We apply standard methods developed by Bai and Perron (1998b) to identify structural breaks in time series...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1322
published as 'Do earnings subsidies affect job choice? The impact of SSP subsidies on job turnover and wage growth' in: Canadian Journal of Economics / Revue canadienne d'économique, 2009, 42 (4), 1276 - 1304

It is widely acknowledged that tax and transfer policies can affect employment. This paper explores a different potential impact of transfer policy by asking whether subsidies also affect job duration and wage growth. We provide an analytical framework that identifies causal links between earnings subsidies, job turnover, and wage growth....