Professor Kahn is a labor economist with interests in organizations and education. Her most recent work uses data on job vacancy postings to examine whether the Great Recession accelerated technological change, exacerbating polarization of the U.S. economy. She has also developed a methodology for measuring the contributions of employer learning and productivity evolution in determining life-cycle earnings. In previous work, she examined the consequences of graduating from college in an economic downturn, finding surprisingly long-lasting, negative wage effects. That paper won the award for the best paper published in Labour economics in 2010/11.
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 teaches Freakonomics, and The Employee. She has previously taught Strategic Management and the Internal Organization of the Firm.
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Prize for best paper in Labour Economics 2010/11
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What has happened to the labor market in the Great Reccession? Yale Insights