Kevin Lang is a Professor of Economics at Boston University. His work spans theoretical and empirical research on labor and education economics, including discrimination, immigration and language issues. His publications include Poverty and Discrimination (Princeton University Press) and over fifty academic articles. He has been a member of the Board on Testing and Assessment of the National Research Council in the United States and has served on NRC panels on Incentives and Test-Based Accountability in K-12 Education, Value-Added Measurement in Education and a Round-table on Education Systems and Accountability. Dr. Lang spent a year at the National Bureau of Economic Research (where he is presently a Research Associate) on an Olin Foundation Fellowship and three months at the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research on a Fulbright Fellowship. He was the recipient of a Sloan Foundation Faculty Research Fellowship. Dr. Lang is co-editor of Labour Economics, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Canadian Employment Research Forum. He received his BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from Oxford University, an MSc in economics from the University of Montreal, and his Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in April 2009.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10413

Some economists have argued that assortative mating between men and women has increased over the last several decades, thereby contributing to increased family income inequality. Sociologists have argued that educational homogamy has increased. We clarify the relation between the two and, using both the Current Population Surveys and the decennial...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9942
forthcoming in: ILR Review

In this paper we highlight a specific mechanism through which social networks help in job search. We characterize the strength of a network by its likelihood of providing a job offer. Using a theoretical model we show that the wage differential in jobs found using networks versus those found using...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 976
published in: American Economic Review, 2004, 94 (5), 1613-1634

Most integration programs transfer students between schools within districts. In this paper, we study Metco, a long-running desegregation program that sends mostly Black students out of the Boston public school district to attend schools in more affluent suburban districts. Metco increases the number of Black students in receiving districts dramatically....