Daniel S. Hamermesh

Daniel S. Hamermesh

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Daniel S. Hamermesh is Sue Killam Professor in the Foundation of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin and Professor of Labor Economics, Maastricht University. His A.B. is from the University of Chicago (1965), his Ph.D. from Yale (1969). He taught from 1969-73 at Princeton, from 1973-93 at Michigan State. He has held visiting professorships at universities in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, and lectured at over 200 universities in 47 states and 30 foreign countries. His research, published in nearly 100 refereed papers in scholarly journals, has concentrated on time use, labor demand, social programs, academic labor markets and unusual applications of labor economics (to beauty, sleep and suicide).

Professor Hamermesh is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and the Society of Labor Economists, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA), and Past President of the Society of Labor Economists and of the Midwest Economics Association. His magnum opus, Labor Demand, was published by Princeton University Press in 1993. The same press is publishing his new work, Beauty Pays, in 2011. In 2009 Worth Publishers published the third edition of his Economics Is Everywhere, a series of 400 vignettes designed to illustrate the ubiquity of economics in everyday life and how the simple tools in a microeconomics principles class can be used. Current vignettes are included on the New York Times freakonomics blog. His undergraduate teaching has gained him several University-wide teaching awards.

Professor Hamermesh has provided expert witness testimony in a number of labor and employment matters, involving both class certification and pattern or practice claims. Most recently, he provided expert testimony for plaintiffs in Perry et al. v. Schwarzenegger et al., the landmark challenge to California’s Proposition 8. He also provided expert witness testimony on class certification in a number of nationwide cases that alleged the suppression of wages among registered nurses.


Ph.D. in Economics, Yale University

Areas of expertise

Recent news, presentations, and publications

“The Timing of Labor Demand,” Annales d’Économie et de Statistique, 2012 (with A. Cardoso and J. Varejao).

“Charity and Favoritism in the Field: Are Female Economists Nicer (To Each Other)?” Review of Economics and Statistics, 2011 (with J. Abrevaya).

“Reputation and Earnings: The Roles of Quality and Quantity in Academe,” Economic Inquiry, 2011, (with G. Pfann).

“Strike Three:  Discrimination, Incentives and Evaluation,” American Economic Review, June 2011 (with C. Parsons, J. Sulaeman and M. Yates).

“Unemployment, Market Work and Household Production,” Economics Letters, May 2010, (with M. Burda)

“Incentives, Time Use and BMI:  The Roles of Eating, Grazing and Goods,” Economics and Human Biology, March 2010.

“A Structural Model of the Fixed Time Costs of Market Work,” Economics Letters, September 2009, (with S. Donald).

“Two-Sided Learning, with Applications to Labor Turnover and Worker Displacement,” Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik, December 2008, (with G. Pfann).

“The Demand for Variety:  A Household Production Perspective,” Review of Economics and Statistics, August 2008 (with R. Gronau).

“The Effect of College Curriculum on Earnings:  An Affinity Identifier for Non-Ignorable Non-Response Bias,” Journal of Econometrics, June 2008 (with S. Donald).

“Cues for Timing and Coordination:  Latitude, Letterman and Longitude,” Journal of Labor Economics, April 2008 (with C. Myers and M. Pocock).

“Direct Estimates of Household Production,” Economics Letters,  January 2008.

“The Economics of Workaholism:  We Should Not Have Worked on This Paper,” Contributions to Economic Analysis and Policy, January 2008 (with J. Slemrod).

“Time to Eat:  Household Production under Increasing Income Inequality,” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, November 2007.

“Stressed Out on Four Continents:  Time Crunch or Yuppie Kvetch,” Review of Economics and Statistics, May 2007 (with J. Lee).

“Changing Looks and Changing Discrimination:  The Beauty of Economists,” Economics Letters, December 2006.

“What is Discrimination?  Gender in the American Economic Association,” American Economic Review, September 2006, (with S. Donald).

“Time vs. Goods:  The Value of Measuring Household Production Technologies,” Review of Income and Wealth, March 2006 (with R. Gronau).

“Beauty in the Classroom:  Instructors’ Pulchritude and Putative Pedagogical Productivity,” Economics of Education Review, August 2005 (with A. Parker).

“Routine,” European Economic Review, January 2005. Also in D. Hamermesh and G. Pfann, eds., The Economics of Time Use , 2005.

“The Determinants of Econometric Society Fellows Elections,” Econometrica, January 2003 (with P. Schmidt).

“Dress for Success:  Does Primping Pay?” Labour Economics, October 2002 (with M. Xin and J. Zhang).

“Tools or Toys?  The Impact of High Technology on Scholarly Productivity,” Economic Inquiry, October 2002, (with S. Oster).

“How Grievous Was the Biblical Famine?” Economics Letters, February 2002.

“12 Million Hourly Employees Are Missing,” Industrial and Labor Relations Review, July 2002.

“The Changing Distribution of Job Satisfaction,” Journal of Human Resources, Winter 2001.

“The Craft of Labormetrics,” Industrial and Labor Relations Review, April 2000.

“Business Success and Businesses’ Beauty Capital,” Economics Letters, April 2000, (with G. Pfann, J. Biddle and C. Bosman).

“The Demand for Hours of Labor: Direct Evidence from California,” Review of Economics and Statistics, February 2000, (with S. Trejo), (reprinted in J. Addison, Recent Developments in Labor Economics, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2007).

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