John Knowles

Simon Fraser University

John Knowles received his PhD from Rochester in 1999. He is currently Professor of Economics at the University of Southampton School of Social Sciences. He was previously Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also served as a consultant for the US Department of Justice with regards to the measurement of racial bias in policing.

He has published papers on various aspects of the role of the family in macro-economics, including bargaining, fertility, marriage and divorce. In addition, he has published articles on the economics of racial profiling. His articles have appeared in the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, International Economic Review, Economic Journal, and the Review of Economic Dynamics.

He was an IZA Research Fellow from January 2007 until October 2016.

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IZA Discussion Paper No. 2909
published in: Review of Economic Studies, 2013, 80 (3), 1055-1085

Empirical patterns of labor supply at the micro level tend to reject the unitary model assumption implicit in most macro theories, where households are the deemed to be rational agents. This paper examines the rise in per-capita labor since 1975 and asks how the inclusion of bargaining between spouses in...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2901
revised version published in: European Economic Review, 2008, 52 (7), 1275 - 1311

We present a theory of the emergence of laws restricting child labor or imposing mandatory education that is consistent with the fact that poor parents tend to oppose such laws. We find that if altruistic parents are unable to commit to educating their children, child-labor laws can increase the welfare...

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