Brad J. Hershbein

Brad Hershbein is a senior economist and communications advisor 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.

His research focuses on the transition between education and career and how employers hire and compensate workers. His work spans higher education access and completion, the long-term effects of recessions on places and employer skill demands, and measuring both employer market power and nontraditional work activities such as contracting and outsourcing. His work has appeared in several leading academic journals and has been covered by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and other national outlets. 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

Report helps policymakers turn economic upheaval into opportunity

August 16, 2021 · Research Highlight
A Moment of Opportunity: Strategies for Inclusive Economic Growth

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