Lisa B. Kahn

Associate Professor of Economics

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Professor Kahn is a labor economist with interests in organizations and education. Her most recent work examines the impact of the Great Recession on employment across firms of varying quality. She finds that employment at low-paying firms is generally more sheltered than that at high-paying firms. She has also examined the consequences of graduating from college in a bad economy, finding surprisingly long-lasting, negative wage effects. Her related work suggests that college graduates who majored in more technical and higher paying fields are generally sheltered from this effect, but that was not the case during the Great Recession. From 2010 to 2011 Kahn served on President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers as the senior economist for labor and education policy. She has also been a visiting fellow at Brookings Institution. This year Professor Kahn will teach The Employee and Strategic Management and the Internal Organization of the Firm."



  • PhD, Harvard University, 2008
  • MA, Harvard University, 2005
  • AB, University of Chicago, 2003


  • Freakonomics MGT 524
  • Employee MGT 420

Selected Articles

Employer Learning, Productivity and the Earnings Distribution: Evidence from Performance Measures

L. Kahn and F. Lange
Review of Economic Studies
2014 (forthcoming)

Trends in Earnings Differentials Across College Majors and the Changing Task Composition of Jobs

L. Kahn, J. Altonji and J. Speer
American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings

Selected Working Papers


  • Winner Prize for best paper in Labour Economics for "The long-term labor market consequences of graduating from college in a bad economy Labour Economics"