W.E. Upjohn Institute Dissertation Award Winners & Honorable Mentions

2018

First prize

Andrew Garin, Harvard University
Essays on the Economics of Labor Demand and Policy Incidence

Honorable mentions

Bryan Stuart, University of Michigan
Essays on the Economics of People and Places

Raffaele Saggio, University of California, Berkeley
The Effects of Partial Employment Protection Reforms: Evidence from Italy

2017

First prize (co-winners)

Brendan Price, MIT
Labor Market Adjustment to Globalization, Automation, and Institutional Reform

Alexandra Roulet, Harvard University
Essays in Labor Economics

Honorable mention

Matthew Johnson, Boston University
Three Essays on Nonwage Compensation

2016

First prize

Simon Jäger, Harvard University
Essays in Labor and Public Economics

Honorable mentions

Isaac Sorkin, University of Michigan
Ranking Firms Using Revealed Preference and Other Essays about Labor Markets

Melanie Wasserman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Essays on the Economics of Gender

2015

First prize

Manasi Deshpande, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Essays on the Effects of Disability Insurance

Honorable mentions

Michael Mueller-Smith, Columbia University
Essays in the Economics of Crime and Discrimination

Arash Nekoei, Harvard University
Essays on Unemployment and Labor Supply

2014

First prize (co-winners)

Conrad Miller, MIT
Essays on Labor Market Inequality: Dissertation Summary

Owen Zidar, University of California, Berkeley
Labs of Democracy: Using Regional Variation to Understand Fiscal Policy Issues: Dissertation Summary

Honorable mention

Quentin Brummet, Michigan State University
Three Essays in the Economics of Education: Dissertation Summary

2013

First prize (co-winners)

Will Dobbie, Harvard University
Debt Relief and Debtor Outcomes: Measuring the Effects of Consumer Bankruptcy Protection: Dissertation Summary

Gregory Leiserson, MIT
Essays on the Economics of Public Sector Retirement Programs: Dissertation Summary

Honorable mentions

Rebecca Diamond, Harvard University
Essays in Local Labor Economics: Dissertation Summary

Adam Isen, University of Pennsylvania
Essays on Labor and Public Economics: Dissertation Summary

2012

First prize

Lesley J. Turner, Columbia University
Essays in Applied Microeconomics: Dissertation Summary

Honorable mentions

Jesse M. Gregory, University of Michigan
Essays on the Labor Market Effects of Place-Based Policies: Dissertation Summary

Vincent Pohl, Yale University
The Role of Health in Labor and Marriage Markets: Dissertation Summary

2011

First prize

Nicolas Ziebarth, TU Berlin
Sickness Absence and Economic Incentives: Dissertation Summary

Honorable mention

Ina Ganguli, Harvard University
Labor Markets in Transition: Science and Migration after the Collapse of the Soviet Union: Dissertation Summary

2010

First prize (co-winners)

Pascal Michaillait, UC Berkeley
A Model of Unemployment with Matching Frictions and Job Rationing: Dissertation Summary

Matthew Notowidigdo, MIT
Essays on the Economics of Local Labor Markets: Dissertation Summary

Honorable mention

Ofer Setty, New York University
Essays on Unemployment Policies: Dissertation Summary

2009

First prize

Johannes Spinnewijn, MIT
Essays on Optimal Insurance Design: Dissertation Summary

Honorable mentions

Hans Grönqvist, Uppsala University
TIEssays on Labor and Demographic Economics: Dissertation SummaryTLE

Ben Keyes, University of Michigan
Three Essays on Labor and Credit Markets: Dissertation Summary

2008

First prize

David Albouy, UC, Berkeley
Causes and Consequences of Unequal Federal Taxation and Spending Across Regions: Dissertation Summary

Honorable mentions

Ron Laschever, Northwestern University
Social Interactions and Labor Market Outcomes of War Veterans: Dissertation Summary

Jesús Fernández-Huertas Moraga, Columbia University
Essays on International Migration: Dissertation Summary

2007

First prize (co-winners)

Patricia Cortes, MIT
How Low-skilled Immigration is Changing US Prices and Labor Markets: 3 Essays - Dissertation Summary

Patrick M. Kline, University of Michigan
Three Essays on Labor Market Analysis: Dissertation Summary

Honorable mention

Giovanni Mastrobuoni, Princeton University
An Empirical Evaluation of Recent Social Security Reforms: Dissertation Summary

2006

First prize

Joanna Nicole Lahey, MIT
Aging and the Labor Market: Dissertation Summary

Honorable mentions

Martha J. Bailey, Vanderbilt University
Essays on Women’s Economic Advancement in the Twentieth Century United States: Dissertation Summary

Caitlin Knowles Myers, University of Texas at Austin
Inequality in Housing and Labor Markets: Three Essays: Dissertation Summary

2005

First prize

Chris Riddell, University of Toronto
Three Essays on Labour Policy: Dissertation Summary

Honorable mention

Joel Elvery, University of Maryland
The Impact of Enterprise Zones on Resident Employment: An Evaluation of the Enterprise Zone Programs of California and Florida: Dissertation Summary

2004

First prize (co-winners)

Alexandre Mas, Princeton University
Three Essays on the Relationship Between Labor Disputes And Employee Performance: Dissertation Summary

Eric Verhoogen, UC, Berkeley
Essays on External Conditions and Wage-Setting Within Firms: Dissertation Summary

Honorable mention

Pedro Carneiro, University of Chicago
Heterogeneity in the Returns to Schooling: Implications for Policy Evaluation: Dissertation Summary

2003

First prize (co-winners)

Rucker Charles Johnson, University of Michigan
Essays on Urban Spatial Structure, Job Search, and Job Mobility: Dissertation Summary

James X. Sullivan, Northwestern University
Essays on the Consumption, Saving, and Borrowing Behavior of Poor Households: Dissertation Summary

Honorable mention

Julie A. Kmec, University of Pennsylvania
Race in the Workplace and Labor Market Inequality: Dissertation Summary

2002

First prize

Olivier Deschênes, Princeton University
An Econometric Analysis of the Returns to Education in the United States: Dissertation Summary

Honorable mentions

Yu-Che Chang, Indiana University
Evaluating the Structural Effects of Property Tax Abatements on Economic Development Across Industries: Dissertation Summary

Elizabeth A. Hoffman, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Compromise, Confrontation, and Coercion: Formal and Informal Dispute Resolution in Cooperative and Hierarchical Worksites: Dissertation Summary

2001

First prize

Amitabh Chandra, University of Kentucky
Labor Market Dropouts and the Racial Wage Gap: 1940-90: Dissertation Summary

Honorable mentions

Stephanie Aaronson, Columbia University
Changing Wage Growth 1967-1997: Causes and Consequences: Dissertation Summary

Govert Bijwaard, Free University of Amsterdam
Rank Estimation of Duration Models: Dissertation Summary

2000

First prize

Luojia Hu, Princeton University
Four Essays in Labor Economics and Microeconometrics: Dissertation Summary

Honorable mentions

Darren Lubotsky, UC, Berkeley
Essays in Applied Labor Economics: Immigrant Earnings and Welfare Reform: Dissertation Summary

Sean May, MIT
Essays on the Economics of Crime and Econometric Methodology: Dissertation Summary

1999

First prize

Robert T. Greenbaum, Carnegie Mellon University
An Evaluation of State Enterprise Zone Policies: Measuring the Impact on Business Decisions and Housing Market Outcomes: Dissertation Summary

Honorable mentions

David H. Autor, Harvard University
Essays on the Changing Labor Market: Computerization, Inequality, and the Development of the Contingent Work Force: Dissertation Summary

Dan T. Rosenbaum, Northwestern University
Three Essays on Labor Market Institutions and Low Income Populations: Dissertation Summary

1998

First prize

Stephen J. Haider, University of Michigan
Econometric Studies of Long-Run Earnings Inequality: Dissertation Summary

Honorable mentions

Kanika Kapur, Northwestern University
Labor Market Implications of Employer Provided Health Insurance: Dissertation Summary

Paul A. Smith, University of Wisconsin, Madison
The Impact of the 1981 Welfare Reforms on Female-Headed Households: Dissertation Summary

1997

First prize

Kenneth Y. Chay, Princeton University
An Empirical Analysis of Black Economic Progress Over Time: Dissertation Summary

Honorable mentions

Sandra E. Black, Harvard University
The Valuation of Human Capital: A Study of Education and Training: Dissertation Summary

Carole Roan Gresenz, Brown University
The Role of AFDC Benefits in Location Choice: Dissertation Summary

1996

First prize (co-winners)

Carolyn Heinrich, University of Chicago
Public Policy and Methodological Issues in the Design and Evaluation of Employment and Training Programs at the Service Delivery Area Level: Dissertation Summary

Jeffrey Smith, University of Chicago
Three Essays on the Economics of Evaluating Social Programs: Dissertation Summary

Honorable mentions

John Pepper, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Essays on the Intergenerational Transmission of Welfare Receipt and Inferences in Clustered Samples: Dissertation Summary

Mark D. Turner, University of Maryland
The Effects of Part-Time Work and a Minimum Wage Hike on Educational Outcomes for High School Students--An Overview: Dissertation Summary

1995

First prize

David Jaeger, University of Michigan
Essays in Empirical Labor Economics: Dissertation Summary

Honorable mentions

Anne Morrison Piehl, Princeton University
Economic Issues in Crime Policy: Dissertation Summary

Matthew Slaughter, MIT
International Trade, Multinational Corporations, and American Wages: Dissertation Summary