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Kerwin joined Yale in 2019 as the Indra K. Nooyi Dean and Frederic D. Wolfe Professor of Economics, Policy, and Management at the Yale School of Management (SOM). Previously, he was the Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergmann Distinguished Service professor at the University of Chicago. He has studied and published on a range of topics including earnings and wealth inequality, conspicuous consumption, race and gender labor market discrimination, health and the labor market, the effects of housing booms and busts, and non-employment in the economy. Among other professional duties, he recently served as the vice president of the American Economics Association, and is on the Board of several academic and nonprofit entities. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and an elected fellow of the Society of Labor Economics.

Education

  • PhD, Cornell University, 1996
  • MS, Cornell University, 1993
  • BS, University of Miami, 1989

Selected Works

Articles

Demand Conditions and Worker Safety: Evidence from Price Shocks in Mining
K. K. Charles, M. S. Johnson, M. Stephens Jr., and D. Q. Lee
Journal of Labor Economics
Volume 40, Issue 1
January 2022

Re-Examining the Contribution of Public Health Efforts and the Decline in Urban Mortality
D. M. Anderson, K.K. Charles, and D. Rees
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics
Volume14, Issue 2, pp. 126-157

April 2022

Leisure Luxuries and the Labor Supply of Young Men
M. Aguiar, M. Bils, K. K. Charles, and E. Hurst
Journal of Political Economy
Volume 129, Issue 2, pp 337-382

2021

Occupational Licensing and Maternal Health: Evidence from Early Midwifery Laws
D. M. Anderson, R. Brown, K. K. Charles, and D. I. Rees
Journal of Political Economy
Volume 128, Issue 11

2020

Housing Booms and Busts, Labor Market Opportunities, and College Attendance
K. K. Charles, E. Hurst, and M. J. Notowidigdo
American Economic Review
Volume 108, Issue 10, pp 2947-94

2018

Divergent Paths: A New Perspective on Earnings Differences Between Black and White Men Since 1940
P. Bayer and K. K. Charles
The Quarterly Journal of Economics
Volume 133, Issue 3, pp 1459-1501

2018

Conspicuous Consumption and Race
K. K. Charles, E. Hurst, and N. Roussanov
The Quarterly Journal of Economics
Volume 124, Issue 2, pp 425-67

2009

Prejudice and Wages: An Empirical Assessment of Becker’s "The Economics of Discrimination"
K. K. Charles and J. Guryan
Journal of Political Economy
Volume 116, Issue 5, pp 773-809

2008

Working Papers

Safeguarding Consumers Through Minimum Quality Standards: Milk Inspections and Urban Mortality, 1880-1910
D. M. Anderson, K. K.Charles, M. McKelligott, and D. I. Rees
NBER WP#30063
May 2022

The Federal Effort to Desegregate Southern Hospitals and the Black-White Infant Mortality Gap
D.M. Anderson, K. K. Charles, and D.I. Rees
2020

The Effects of Sexism on American Women: The Role of Norms vs. Discrimination
K. K. Charles, J. Guryan, and J. Pan
2018