Brad J. Hershbein

Brad J. Hershbein

Senior Economist and Director of Information and Communications Services

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, economics of the family and demography, and economics of education. 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, releasing papers that examine how and why the debt of college graduates has been rising over the last two decades, evaluating the effects of a universal and generous college scholarship on college-going and completion, and proposing new ways to provide accurate information on college costs to high school students. He earned his BA in economics from Harvard College, and his PhD, also in economics, from the University of Michigan. Before graduate school, he worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Research Highlights

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

College grads earn less if they grew up poor

March 4, 2016 · Research Highlight

Kalamazoo Promise boosts college completion

June 25, 2015 · Research Highlight

What we really know (and don’t) about student debt

January 31, 2015 · Research Highlight