Brad J. Hershbein

Brad Hershbein is an economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, a labor studies research organization in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and a non-resident fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. He also serves as the Institute's director of information and communications services.

His fields of interest focus on labor economics, demography, and economics of education, and especially the intersection of the three. Hershbein has investigated how new high school graduates fare in the labor market during and after a recession, how the availability of birth control allowed young women in the 1960s and 1970s to invest in their careers, and how employers use the selectivity of school and GPA to infer the productivity of new college graduates. More recently, he has worked on issues of higher education access and completion, how employers may permanently change the skills they demand from workers following recessions, and measuring nontraditional work activities. His work has appeared in Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, and American Economic Review. He earned his BA in economics from Harvard College, and his PhD, also in economics, from the University of Michigan.

Research Highlights

Tuition-free scholarships may blunt effects of recession, but not everyone benefits equally

April 30, 2021 · Research Highlight
Pandemic recession brought drops in enrollment. Photo: Allison Shelley/EDUimages

Promise scholarships get graduates into good jobs—if the jobs are there

April 22, 2021 · Research Highlight
Research shows graduates may move away if there aren't enough good job opportunities nearby. Photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for EDUimages

Pandemic restrictions and shutdowns don't have lasting effect on jobs, new research finds

February 15, 2021 · Research Highlight
Restrictions reduce employment while they're in place but deaths from the virus have a lasting drag on employment.

Training Contact Tracing Workers: The Need Right Now

April 17, 2020 · Research Highlight

3rd IZA Labor Statistics Workshop: Contract Work

July 19, 2019 · Research Highlight

Upjohn Institute report offers ideas to help communities build broadly-shared prosperity

March 14, 2019 · Research Highlight
Report outlines strategies that small and medium-sized cities, along with rural areas, can follow to create jobs for their residents

Pre-K Impact Depends on Quality

April 3, 2018 · Research Highlight