Ronzetti Initiative for the Study of Labor Markets

Exploring factors that influence outcomes for the employee, the firm, and the larger economics landscape
BFI: Ronzetti Initiative for the Study of Labor Markets

Faculty Director

Magne Mogstad, The Gary S. Becker Professor in Economics and the College 

Description

The Initiative for the Study of Labor Markets brings together leading UChicago scholars from across campus to address questions about the factors that influence outcomes for the employee, the firm, and the larger economic landscape. Among many avenues of inquiry, UChicago faculty are leading efforts focused on modern labor markets in developed economies to measure the rate at which jobs disappear, to identify what causes firms to shed jobs, and what forces in the economy make it easier or harder for the unemployed to find new work with better performing firms. 

While policy questions are often focused on the United States, the initiative’s research efforts benefit from international comparisons, including developed economies like Germany and Japan, as well as Latin American economies. UChicago faculty are also exploring the impact of tax and social insurance policies, international competition, and government regulation on employment, as well as studies of public and private capital expenditures and investments. 

Affiliated Scholars

Kerwin Kofi Charles, Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor and former interim Dean of the Harris School of Public Policy

Steven J. Davis, William H. Abbott Distinguished Service Professor of International Business and Economics, Booth School of Business

Manasi Deshpande, Assistant Professor in Economics and the College

Erik Hurst, V. Duane Rath Professor of Economics and the John E. Jeuck Faculty Fellow, Booth School of Business 

Thibaut Lamadon, Assistant Professor in Economics and the College

Alessandra Voena, Associate Professor in Economics and the College

Features

Michael Greenstone, Erik Hurst, Magne Mogstad, and Richard Ronzetti discuss the goals of the initiative in a BFI video