Fabian Lange completed his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Chicago in 2004 and subsequently joined the Department of Economics at Yale University. In 2012, he joined the department of economics at McGill University. At McGill he is the director of the Industrial Relations program. Prof Lange held visiting positions at the University of Chicago, Oberlin College, the University of Michigan, and the European University Institute.

Prof. Lange was awarded the Lewis Price by the Journal of Labor Economics and the IZA Young Labor Economist Award in 2008. In 2012, he was appointed to the Canada Research Chair in Labour and Personnel Economics. In 2016, the Canadian Economic Association bestowed him the John Rae prize for research excellence awarded annually to the Canadian-based economist with the best research record over the last 5 years. Prof. Lange is currently co-editor for applied microeconomics for the Canadian Economic Journal and associate editor for the Journal of Labor Economics.

In labor economics, his research interests concern how careers are shaped by processes of information revelation. In particular, he focuses on the role of performance management systems in modern corporations and on employer learning. He received the H. G. Lewis prize 2008 and the IZA Young Labor Economist Award for his work in this area.
Fabian Lange also studies mobility in the labor force, in particular between labor force states. He studies how changing mobility in the labor force interacts with the business cycle and the process by which individuals get shut out of the labor market. As part of this work, he has developed a widely used index for characterizing the slack in the labor market, the Hornstein-Kudlyak-Lange Non-employment index published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

Prof. Lange has pursued interests in population and health economics. In population economics, he studied the link between schooling and fertility decisions. In health economics, he studies the determinants of the socio-economic gradient in health. He asks what role information processing, cognitive ability, and education play in generating socio-economic gradients in health? Further, he develops and estimates models of health dynamics and uses these to study the socio-economic gradient in health.
Fabian has published in the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of Labor Economics, the Journal of Economic History, the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, the Review of Economic Statistics, Economic Quarterly, The Review of World Economics, and the Journal of Health Economics.

He joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in October 2005 and became a Research Fellow in April 2007.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10725

Supervisors occupy central roles in production and performance monitoring. We study how heterogeneity in performance evaluations across supervisors affects employee and supervisor careers and firm outcomes using data on the performance system of a Scandinavian service sector firm. We show that supervisors vary widely in how they rate subordinates of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8663

We use a novel approach to studying the heterogeneity in the job finding rates of the nonemployed by classifying the nonemployed by labor force status (LFS) histories, instead of using only one-month LFS. Job finding rates differ substantially across LFS histories: they are 25-30% among those currently out of the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7825

Three fundamental forces have shaped labor markets over the last 50 years: the secular increase in the returns to education, educational upgrading, and the integration of large numbers of women into the workforce. We modify the Katz and Murphy (1992) framework to predict the structure of the labor market in...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6373
published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2017, 134, 408-429

Firms commonly use supervisor ratings to evaluate employees when objective performance measures are unavailable. Supervisor ratings are subjective and data containing supervisor ratings typically stem from individual firm level data sets. For both these reasons, doubts persist on how useful such data are for evaluating theories in personnel economics and...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5054
Published in Review of Economic Studies, 2014, 81 (4), 1575-1613.

Two ubiquitous empirical regularities in pay distributions are that the variance of wages increases with experience, and innovations in wage residuals have a large, unpredictable component. The leading explanations for these patterns are that over time, either firms learn about worker productivity but productivity remains fixed or workers' productivities themselves...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3548
published in: Journal of Health Economics, 2011, 30 (1), 43-54

While it is well known that education strongly predicts health, less is known as to why. One reason might be that education improves health-care decision making. In this paper we attempt to disentangle improved decision making from other effects of education, and to quantify how large an impact it has...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2745
Fabian Lange, Douglas Gollin
published in: Review of World Economics, 2013, 149 (4), 749-777

Both policy makers and researchers have devoted considerable attention in recent years to the large current account and capital account imbalances among OECD countries. In particular, the size of the United States current account deficit has attracted intense attention and spawned numerous explanations. There are undoubtedly many reasons for this...