Gordon B. Dahl is a Professor of Economics at the University of California, San Diego. Prior to joining UC San Diego, he was a faculty member at the University of Rochester. He has held visiting positions at the University of California, Berkeley and Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1998 and his B.A. from Brigham Young University in 1993.

Dahl's research interests include Labor Economics and Applied Microeconomics. His articles have appeared in the American Economic Review, Econometrica, the Journal of the American Statistical Association, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Review of Economics Studies, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.

Dahl is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Fellow of the Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality, and an Associate Editor of the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in October 2008.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11334

Does participation in a social assistance program by parents have spillovers on their children's own participation, future labor market attachment, and human capital investments? While intergenerational concerns have figured prominently in policy debates for decades, causal evidence is scarce due to non-random participation and data limitations. In this paper we...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 11323

We examine whether exposure of men to women in a traditionally male-dominated environment can change attitudes about mixed-gender productivity, gender roles and gender identity. Our context is the military in Norway, where we randomly assigned female recruits to some squads but not others during boot camp. We find that living...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 11278
forthcoming in: AEA Papers and Proceedings, May 2018

An often overlooked population in discussions of prison reform is the children of inmates. How a child is affected depends both on what incarceration does to their parent and what they learn from their parent's experience. To overcome endogeneity concerns, we exploit the random assignment of judges who differ in...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10349

A large theoretical and empirical literature explores whether politicians and political parties change their policy positions in response to voters' preferences. This paper asks the opposite question: do political parties affect public attitudes on important policy issues? Problems of reverse causality and omitted variable bias make this a difficult question...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8265
published in: Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2014, 129 (4), 1711-1752

Strong intergenerational correlations in various types of welfare use have fueled a long-standing debate over whether welfare receipt in one generation causes welfare participation in the next generation. Some claim a causal relationship in welfare receipt across generations has created a culture in which welfare use reinforces itself through the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7707
published in: Review of Economics and Statistics, 2016, 98(4), 655-670

Paid maternity leave has gained greater salience in the past few decades as mothers have increasingly entered the workforce. Indeed, the median number of weeks of paid leave to mothers among OECD countries was 14 in 1980, but had risen to 42 by 2011. We assess the case for paid...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7245
published in: Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 2013, 10 (3), 399-423

Do the parties in a typical dispute face incentives similar to those in the classic prisoner's dilemma game? In this paper, we explore whether the costs and benefits of legal representation are such that each party seeks legal representation in the hope of exploiting the other party, while knowing full...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7184
published in: American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings, 2013, 103 (3), 629-635

To what degree do economists disagree about key economic questions? To provide evidence, we make use of the responses to a series of questions posed to a distinguished panel of economists put together by the Chicago School of Business. Based on our analysis, we find a broad consensus on these...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6913
published in: Review of Economics and Statistics, 2015, 97 (3), 533–547

How schooling affects cognitive skills is a fundamental question for studies of human capital and labor markets. While scores on cognitive ability tests are positively associated with schooling, it has proven difficult to ascertain whether this relationship is causal. Moreover, the effect of schooling is difficult to separate from the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6681
published in: American Economic Review, 2014, 104 (7), 2049-2074

The influence of peers could play an important role in the take up of social programs. However, estimating peer effects has proven challenging given the problems of reflection, correlated unobservables, and endogenous group membership. We overcome these identification issues in the context of paid paternity leave in Norway using a...