Daniel S. Hamermesh

Distinguished Scholar, Barnard College, and Emeritus Professor of Economics at Royal Holloway University of London and at the University of Texas at Austin

Daniel S. Hamermesh is distinguished Scholar, Barnard College, and Emeritus Professor of Economics at Royal Holloway University of London and at the University of Texas at Austin.

His research, published in over 100 refereed papers in scholarly journals and several books, most recently, Spending Time,  has concentrated on time use, labor demand, discrimination, academic labor markets, and unusual applications of labor economics (to beauty, sleep and suicide). His work has appeared in European Economic Review, Economic Journal, IZA Journal of Labor Economics, American Economic Review, Economic Inquiry, Economics Letters, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Labor Economics, and American Journal of Agricultural Economics, among others.

Dr. Hamermesh is also the author of several books. His magnum opus, Labor Demand, was published by Princeton University Press in 1993. The same press published his Beauty Pays in 2011. In 2014 Worth Publishers published the fifth edition of his Economics Is Everywhere, a series of 400 vignettes designed to illustrate the ubiquity of economics in everyday life. In 2019 Oxford University Press will be publishing his Spending Time: The Most Valuable Resource.

Dr. 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 Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), and Past President of the Society of Labor Economists and of the Midwest Economics Association. In 2013 he received the biennial Mincer Award for Lifetime Contributions to Labor Economics of the Society of Labor Economists; the annual IZA Prize in Labor of the Institute for the Study of Labor; and the biennial John R. Commons Award of the international economics honor society OΔE. His undergraduate teaching, particularly of large classes in introductory economics, has gained him several University-wide teaching awards.

Previously, Dr. Hamermesh taught at Princeton, Michigan State, and Texas. He has held visiting professorships at universities in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, and lectured at over 250 universities in 48 states and 33 foreign countries.

He holds a Ph.D. from Yale University and an A.B. from the University of Chicago.

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