Christopher Flinn is both a professor of economics at New York University and a senior research fellow at Collegio Carlo Alberti. His primary research interest is in the formulation and estimation of behavioral models of labor market processes, usually employing a search-theoretic framework. Another strand of his research focuses on intrahousehold behavior and its implications for household formation and dissolution. Along with Luca Flabbi and Nezih Guner, he has attempted to wed these interests by developing an estimable model of simultaneous job and spousal search.
In all of his research, Flinn tries to use formal models to examine important policy issues of the day. In 2010, he published The Minimum Wage and Labor Market Outcomes, in which he develops a formal modeling framework that allows him to determine "optimal" minimum wages under reasonable welfare metrics. Past and current research on the impact of divorce on the consumption of and investment in children has examined the effect of family law on these outcomes and attempted to determine the optimal family law structure defined in terms of maximizing the welfare of children. Much of his research on these topics has been published in journals such as The American Economic Review, Econometrica, and the Review of Economic Studies.
Flinn has a master's degree in sociology from the University of Michigan and a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.