Professor Kahn is a labor economist with interests in organizations and education. Her most recent work examines the impact of the Great Recession on employment across firms of varying quality. She finds that employment at low-paying firms is generally more sheltered than that at high-paying firms. She has also examined the consequences of graduating from college in a bad economy, finding surprisingly long-lasting, negative wage effects. Her related work suggests that college graduates who majored in more technical and higher paying fields are generally sheltered from this effect, but that was not the case during the Great Recession.
From 2010 to 2011 Kahn served on President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers as the senior economist for labor and education policy. She has also been a visiting fellow at Brookings Institution and is currently a Faculty Research Fellow at NBER and an IZA Research Fellow. She holds an A.B. in economics from the University of Chicago (2003) and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University (2008).
This year Professor Kahn will teach The Employee and Strategic Management and the Internal Organization of the Firm.
NBER Faculty Research Fellow Profile Page
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Prize for best paper in Labour Economics 2010/11
Google Scholar Citations
What has happened to the labor market in the Great Reccession? Yale Insights