Solomon Polachek

Research Fellow

Binghamton University, New York

Solomon W. Polachek is a Distinguished Professor at the State University of New York at Binghamton (Binghamton University), where he has taught since 1983. He is also a Professional Fellow (2017-2019) in the Business at Liverpool Hope University. At Binghamton, he holds appointments in the Economics and Political Science Departments, and from 1996-2000 he served as Dean of the Arts and Sciences College. His Ph.D. is from Columbia University, and he has had post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Chicago (1972 -1973) and Stanford University (1979-1980).

Polachek's prime research contributions span two areas. First is the application of life-cycle models to labor economics. Here Polachek was the first to illustrate how life-cycle human capital models explain male-female wage differentials. His extensions of this work modified traditional human capital models by introducing human capital heterogeneity to explain gender-based occupational segregation. In another application, he imbedded search, job choice, and geographic location into the human capital model, enabling him to gain insight into the analysis of geographic and job mobility including how search over the life-cycle can explain migration periodicity. A byproduct of the empirical work led to an econometric technique to estimate buyer and seller information about wages and prices. Polachek's research in this area constitutes over 150 journal articles, book chapters and conference presentations, including the book The Economics of Earnings (Cambridge University Press) 1993 written with W. Stanley Siebert. Polachek has testified about the policy implications of this research to various governmental committees and policy boards, and many of the implications have been described in the popular press including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

Second is the integration of economics and political science to explain conflict and cooperation among nations. This research has been widely received in the political science field leading to over 20 publications and conference presentations. In recognition of this work, Polachek was chosen to serve on editorial boards of Conflict Management and Peace Science (since 1989), the International Studies Quarterly (1989-1995) and as co-editor of Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy (since 1993). Polachek was elected President of the Peace Science Society (International) serving from 1999-2000. Although primarily devoted to applying economics tools to international relations, this research has implications regarding industrial relations, particularly union wage negotiations and strike activity.

Polachek has presented seminars and workshops at over 50 universities and research centers world-wide, and has visited Bar-Ilan University, Catholic University of Leuven, Erasmus University, Tel Aviv University, the Tinbergen Institute, the University of Michigan, Kasetsart University (Thailand), and Princeton University for extended stays. In the past, he served on the Editorial Board of SUNY Press and the Board of Editors of the Journal of Income Inequality. Currently is Series Editor of Research in Labor Economics and is an Associate Editor of the Review of Economics of the Household.

Solomon Polachek joined IZA as a Research Fellow in December 2000.


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 16707
Shanike J. Smart, Solomon Polachek
forthcoming in: Journal of Risk and Uncertainty
IZA Discussion Paper No. 14782
Duong Trung Le, Thanh Minh Pham, Solomon Polachek
forthcoming in: World Development
IZA Discussion Paper No. 12483
Agnitra Roy Choudhury, Solomon Polachek
published in: Vaccine, 2021, 39 (21), 2886-2893
IZA Discussion Paper No. 11746
Marlon R. Tracey, Solomon Polachek
published in: Labour, 2020, 34 (4), 399-426
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10922
published in: Palgrave Handbook of Economic Performance Analysis, 2019, 9-76
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10866
Marlon R. Tracey, Solomon Polachek
published in: Journal of Health Economics, 2018, 57, 179-190.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10723
published in: Atlantic Economic Journal, 2017, 45 (2), 149-161
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10534
published in: Journal of Econometrics, 2017, 199, 156-172.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10169
Nekeisha Spencer, Solomon Polachek, Eric Strobl
published in: Natural Hazards, 2016, 84(2), 1437-1462.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9439
Nekeisha Spencer, Solomon Polachek
published in: Ecological Economics, 2015, 120, 234-240.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8603
published in: Esther Redmount (ed.), The Economics of the Family: How the Household Affects Markets and Economic Growth, 2014, 2, 27-66.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8570
published in: Gender Convergence in the Labor Market, Research in Labor Economics, 41, 2015, 35-88.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8056
Kyung-Gon Lee, Solomon Polachek
published in: Education Economics 2018, 26(2), 129-144.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8023
published in: Contemporary Economic Policy, 2015, 33 (4), 619-635.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 7335
Solomon Polachek, Tirthatanmoy Das, Rewat Thamma-Apiroam
published as 'Micro and Macro Implications of Heterogeneity in the Production of Human Capital' in: Journal of Political Economy, 2015, 123(6), 1410-1455
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5662
published in: Economics of Education Review, 2011, 30 (6), 1202-1214
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4762
published in: Journal of International Trade and Economic Development, 2012, 21 (3), 361 - 388
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3883
published in: International Organization, 2010, 64 (1), 133-144
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3407
published in: American Economic Review, 2008, 98 (2), 49-53
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3181
published in: Foundations and Trends in Microeconomics, 2008, 4 (3), 165-272
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2976
published in: Journal of Human Resources, 2009, 44 (1), 251 - 276
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2170
published in: T. Sandler and K. Hardley (eds.), Handbook of Defense Economics Vol. 2, Elsevier 2007
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1988
John Robst, Solomon Polachek, Yuan-Ching Chang
published in: Conflict Management and Peace Science, 2007, 24 (1), 1-24
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1882
Daniel J. Henderson, Alexandre Olbrecht, Solomon Polachek
published in: Journal of Human Resources, 2006, 41(3), 558-577
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1803
Leo Turcotte, John Robst, Solomon Polachek
published in: Applied Economics, 2006, 38 (13), 1513-1525
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1735
published in: Research in Labor Economics, 2006, 24, 35-75
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1334
published in: Indian Journal of Economics and Business, 2004, 3 (special issue), 29-42.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1102
published in: F. Blau, M. Brinton, and D. Grusky, (eds.) The Declining Significance of Gender?, New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2006
IZA Discussion Paper No. 896
published in: Phanindra V. Wunnava (ed.), The Changing Forms of Unions: New Forms of Representation, M.E. Sharpe 2004
IZA Discussion Paper No. 865
published in: Review of Economics of the Household, 2003, 1 (4), 273-304