Kerwin Kofi Charles

Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor, Harris School of Public Policy

Kerwin Charles, the Edwin and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor and former interim Dean at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, conducts research on a range of subjects in the broad area of applied microeconomics.

His research focuses on a range of questions in labor and applied microeconomics. The topics he has studied include racial and gender discrimination in the labor market; the propagation of wealth and earnings across different generations within a family; the effects of sectoral shocks in the economy on college attainment, occupational choice, and labor market participation; how adverse health shocks affect family stability and labor supply; and differences in visible consumption across different racial and ethnic groups.