Stephen Burks has been at the University of Minnesota Morris (UMN Morris) since 1999, where he is Professor of Economics and Management. His two main research areas are experimental and behavioral personnel economics, and the economics of the U.S. trucking industry; he discovered experimental and behavioral economics while analyzing the effects of the 1980 deregulation of the US trucking industry on the labor market for truck drivers, for his doctoral work in economics at UMass-Amherst. His early empirical research addressed how experimentally identified social, loss, time, and risk preferences affect the way in which labor economics explains the employment relationship. More recently he has been working on the relationship between the health status of truckers and their accident risk, turnover, productivity, and medical costs, along with a renewed look at the structure and dynamics of the US labor market for truck drivers. He is a Research Scholar at the University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies, and is affiliated with the Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics (CeDEx), University of Nottingham, UK. He was a founding member and a past Chair of the standing technical Committee on Trucking Industry Research (AT060) at the Transportation Research Board (an arm of the National Academies of the U.S.). His work has been published in Sleep, Management Science, the Review of Economic Studies, Experimental Economics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (USA), the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Accident Analysis and Prevention, and the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, among other places. He received the UMN Morris Faculty Distinguished Research award in 2014, and the UMN Morris Truckers & Turnover Project, which he leads, received the UMN Center for Transportation Studies Robert C. Johns Research Partnership Award, for collaborative work on sleep apnea among truckers, in 2019. He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in March 2005.


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 11813
Stephen V. Burks, Kristen Monaco
shorter version published as 'Is the U.S. Labor Market for Truck Drivers Broken?' in: Monthly Labor Review, Bureau of Labor Statistics, March, 2019
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10794
revised version published in: Quantitative Economics, 2020, 11(1), 315-348
IZA Discussion Paper No. 7952
Stephen V. Burks, Connor Lewis, Paul Kivi, Amanda Wiener, Jon E. Anderson, Lorenz Götte, Colin G. DeYoung, Aldo Rustichini
revised version published as 'Cognitive Skills, Personality, and Economic Preferences in Collegiate Success' in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2015, 115, 30–44
IZA Discussion Paper No. 7382
revised version published as 'The Value of Hiring through Employee Referrals' in: Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2015, 130(2), 805-839
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6750
revised version published as "Toward the Integration of Personality Theory and Decision Theory in the Explanation of Economic Behavior" in: Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Vol. 64, October, 2016, pp. 122-137.