Russell Weinstein

Research Affiliate

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Russell Weinstein is an Assistant Professor in the School of Labor and Employment Relations and the Department of Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on information and mobility frictions in the labor market, and their effect on employer recruiting strategies, human capital investments, and firm/worker match quality.

He received his PhD from Boston University in 2014.

Russell joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in November 2016.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11224

I analyze whether reducing geographic distance to high-wage jobs increases access to those employment opportunities. I collect office locations and campus recruiting strategies for over 70 prestigious banking and consulting firms, from 2000 to 2013. Using an event-study framework, I find firms are 2 times more likely to recruit at...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10912

This paper analyzes labor market matching in the presence of search and informational frictions, by studying employer recruiting on college campuses. Based on employer and university interviews, I develop a model describing how firms choose target campuses given relevant frictions. The model predicts that with screening costs, the decision to...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10911

Using Baccalaureate and Beyond data, I study whether university quality, both absolute and relative to other universities in the region, affects earnings one and ten years after graduation, controlling for the individual's SAT score. One year after graduation, high SAT score students earn 12% less if their university's regional rank...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10598

I study whether human capital investments are based on local rather than national demand, and whether this is explained by migration or information frictions. I analyze three sector-specific shocks with differential local effects, including the dot-com crash, the 2008 financial crisis, and a shock transforming Delaware into an international financial...