I am the Sarofim Family Career Development Associate Professor of Work and Organizations at MIT Sloan. I research wage and earnings inequality, economic sociology and the sociology of labor and am affiliated with the Institute for Work and Employment Research and the Economic Sociology program.
My research appears in Administrative Science Quarterly, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, ILR Review, Journal of Labor Economics, PNAS, and Social Forces. It has been covered in media outlets including Washington Post, BBC, Nature: Human Behavior, Wall Street Journal, Time, Nasdaq.com, Fox Business, Harvard Business Review, The Nation, Boston Business Journal, NPR, Business Insider, The Hill, The Boston Globe, NBC News, Financial Times, and CNBC.
(with Clem Aeppli)Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2022
(with Maxim Massenkoff)Journal of Labor Economics, 2022
(with William Kimball)Social Forces, 2022
(with Maxim Massenkoff)American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2022
(with Letian Zhang)American Sociological Review, 2022
(with Nicole Kreisberg)ILR Review, 2022
(with Clem Aeppli)American Sociological Review, 2021
Awards: ASQ Dissertation Award, 2021, Finalist, Scholarly Achievement Award from the Human Resources Division of AOM, 2021
(with Matthew Desmond)American Journal of Sociology, 2021
Awards: Granovetter Award for Best Paper in Economic Sociology (ASA, 2018), Consumers and Consumption Graduate Student Award (ASA, 2017)
(with Per Engzell)
(with Carly Knight)
(with Per Lundborg)
(with Barry Eidlin)
I prioritize research transparency, and have included links to all code and most data for my post-PhD published projects above. The exceptions are for data that is either proprietary (Glassdoor, Burning Glass) or restricted-use (Occupational Employment Statistics, Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics). In those cases, I include all build and analysis code, so researchers with data access can still build on our work.
Several of my projects have involved developing novel sources of wage and earnings data. I am flagging them here in hopes that other researchers will learn from them. The Wage-Fixing Authority Survey data from 1974 to 1991 include job-level wage data from 60,000 (identified, often repeated panel) employers of blue collar workers. The Employer Expenditures for Employee Compensation data from 1968 to 1977 include data on pay and detailed benefits information for white and blue collar workers at the establishment level. The OLMS employee and officer data have labor union employees' pay, work activities and job titles (also available from OLMS directly, but with a series of database errors fixed by my cleaning code).
One more resource is our detailed guide (and code/data) to conducting an employer audit study, developed with Nicole Kreisberg. We found that we were making a lot of decisions in the course of our audit that weren't explicitly reported in prior published studies; we hope the detailed reporting in our article and this guide will help future perplexed auditors.
I advise doctoral students in the MIT Sloan PhD programs of the Institute for Work and Employment Research and Economic Sociology and have collaborated with PhD students elsewhere (particularly other Boston institutions). I also have periodic need for part-time and full-time pre-doctoral research assistants and for postdoctoral researchers. If you are interested in labor markets and inequality, email me and we can see if there is a project to collaborate on.