Professor of Economics
New Jersey Hall 411/413 | 848-932-8654
Jennifer Hunt came to Rutgers in 2011 after previous positions at McGill University (2004-2011), the University of Montreal (2001-2004) and Yale (1992-2001). She was recently appointed Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Labor and is on leave. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard in 1992 and her Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987. She is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London, and is on the Scientific Advisory Council of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington D.C. and the Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung in Nuremburg. She has done research in the areas of employment and unemployment policy, immigration, wage inequality, transition economics, crime and corruption. Her current research focuses on immigration and innovation in the United States, the U.S. science and engineering workforce, and the 2008-2009 recession in Germany.
- “What Explains the German Labor Market Miracle in the Great Recession?” (with Michael Burda). Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, forthcoming.
- “Which Immigrants Are Most Innovative and Entrepreneurial? Distinctions by Entry Visa”. Journal of Labor Economics July 2011.
- “How Much Does Immigration Boost Innovation?” (with Marjolaine Gauthier-Loiselle). American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics April 2010.