Welcome to the Department of Economics



Jennifer Hunt has been at Rutgers since 2011 after previous positions at McGill University (2004-2011), the University of Montreal (2001-2004) and Yale (1992-2001). From 2013-2015 she was first Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Labor, then Deputy Assistant Secretary for Microeconomic Analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. 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 Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung in Nuremburg. Her current research focuses on immigration and wage inequality, while past research has also encompassed unemployment, the science and engineering workforce, the transition from communism, crime and corruption.

Selected Publications

  • “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.

Upcoming Workshops

Mon Apr 19 @ 2:30PM - 04:00PM
Macroeconomic Theory , Money, History and Finance
Lee E. Ohanian, University of California - Los Angeles
Thu Apr 22 @ 4:15PM - 05:45PM
Matthew Thirkettle, Rice University
Fri Apr 23 @ 2:00PM - 03:30PM
Empirical Microeconomics
Marianne Bitler, University of California - Davis
Mon Apr 26 @ 2:30PM - 04:00PM
Money, History and Finance
Sebastian Alvarez, University of Oxford
Tue Apr 27 @ 3:00PM - 04:00PM
Macroeconomic Theory
Ethan Ilzetzki, London School of Economics


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