Professor Jennifer Hunt

I am a professor of economics at Rutgers University, specializing in the study of labor markets.

Jennifer Hunt is the James Cullen Chair in Economics and Professor of Economics at Rutgers University.

She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard and her Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

From 2013-2015, while on leave from Rutgers, she served first as Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Labor, then as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Microeconomic Analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Prior to joining Rutgers in 2011, she held positions at McGill University, the University of Montreal and Yale University.

Her current research focuses on the geographic spread of technology, immigration and wage inequality, while her past research has also encompassed unemployment, the science and engineering workforce, the transition from communism, crime and corruption.

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Research

Immigration

What is the impact of immigration on wages? on unemployment? on patenting? on education? Do old and young move for the same reasons? How are first-time and return moves distinct?

Innovation

How does immigration affect patenting? Which types of immigrants patent the most? Why do women disproportionately leave engineering? Why don’t women patent?

Wages

Why is wage inequality rising? Do people move around in the wage distribution? Does your supervisor’s gender affect your wage? How does selection influence wages?

Employment

Is the share of low-wage workers really rising? Does cutting hours increase employment? What determines the duration of unemployment? Do firing costs reduce employment?

East Germany

Why is eastern unemployment so high? Why has convergence with the west stopped? Who were the reunification winners and losers in the east? What determines east to west migration?

Corruption and crime

How are income and bribery related? Which public officials are most corrupt and why? Do public and private sector bribery differ? Why do crime rates differ across countries?

Publications

Videos and podcasts

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Contact

Professor Jennifer Hunt, Department of Economics, Rutgers University
75 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA

(848) 932-8654

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