Paul Oyer

Professor of Economics

Stanford University

Paul Oyer is The Mary and Rankine Van Anda Entrepreneurial Professor and Professor of Economics at Stanford University and Senior Fellow at Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.  In addition, he is a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Labor Economics.  Oyer studies the economics of organizations and human resource practices, focusing on firms’ incentive systems, as well as hiring and firing.  

His work has looked at the use of broad-based stock option plans; how firms use non-cash benefits; how firms respond to limits on their ability to displace workers; and how labor market conditions affect the  careers of MBAs and PhD economists after they leave school.  More recently, Paul’s work has focused on the gig economy and how people's backgrounds determine the decision to become an entrepreneur as well as the success of their ventures.  See Older Workers and the Gig Economy and The Gender Earnings Gap in the Gig Economy.