Joni Hersch

Research Fellow

Vanderbilt University

Joni Hersch is the Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Law and Economics at Vanderbilt University Law School, with secondary appointments in the Department of Economics and the Owen Graduate School of Management.

Her research focuses on sex, race, color, and national origin disparities in labor market outcomes, economic and social inequality, economics of home production, law and economics, job risks, and product safety regulation.

She is co-editor of Emerging Labor Market Institutions for the Twenty-First Century (University of Chicago, 2004) and in 2012 completed a two-year term as a Vice-President of the Southern Economic Association.

She is co-founder and co-director of the Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics at Vanderbilt University. Hersch received her Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University.

Joni Hersch joined IZA as a Research Fellow in April 2015. She was appointed editor of the IZA Journal of Labor Economics in July 2015.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11306
Joni Hersch, Jennifer Bennett Shinall

Although immigrants to the United States earn less at entry than their native-born counterparts, an extensive literature finds that immigrants have faster earnings growth that results in rapid convergence to native-born earnings. However, recent evidence based on Census data indicates a slowdown in the rate of earnings assimilation. We find...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9355
forthcoming in: Southern Economic Journal, 2016

There has been a considerable amount of work focusing on job satisfaction and sex, generally finding that women are more satisfied than men despite having objectively worse job conditions. But there is little evidence on whether job satisfaction differs by race or ethnicity. We use data from the 2010 National...