Visiting Scholars 2015-16
Ron Applegate - USA
Ron Applegate is a lecturer at the ILR School at Cornell University. He is researching Bay Area organizations promoting economic development with inclusive governance processes and equitable outcomes. He is sponsored by Michael Reich and will be at the IRLE from August 2015 through February 2016.
Yukiko Asai – Japany_asai@iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp
Yukiko Asai is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Social Science at the University of Tokyo. She is currently working on the effects of childcare availability on maternal employment and child development, and the effects of overtime regulations on work hours. She is sponsored by David Card and will be at the IRLE from September 2015 through May 2016.
Rosemary Batt – USA
Rosemary Batt is a professor of Human Resource Studies and International and Comparative Labor at the ILR School at Cornell University. She is researching the effect of domestic contracting-out on job quality and inequality. She is sponsored by Michael Reich and will be at the IRLE from August 2015 through February 2016.
Ramón Castellblanch – USA
Sungchul Cho – South Korea
Sungchul Cho is a researcher working with the Korea Environmental Institute (KEI). Previously, he was a lecturer in the Department of Economics at Yonsei University in South Korea. His research examines how macro-level economic, demographic, and institutional changes influence social stratification and inequality. He is sponsored by Michael Reich and will be at the IRLE from September 2014 through August 2016.
Kevin Duncan – USA
Kevin Duncan is a professor of economics at Colorado State University-Pueblo. He is studying the economic impact of cap and trade allowances and distributions on eight counties in the San Joaquin Valley. He is sponsored by Carol Zabin and is visiting the IRLE in June 2016.
Cedric Gorinas – Denmark & France
Cedric Gorinas is a researcher at the Danish National Centre for Social Research. He applies microeconomics tools to study the processes of economic integration and exclusion among socially weak groups such as ethnic minorities, young criminals, and crime victims. He is sponsored by David Card and will be at the IRLE from October 2014 through December 2015.
Christoph Hermann – Austria
Before coming to UC Berkeley, Christoph Hermann was a senior researcher at the Working Life Research Centre in Vienna. He is currently a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Berkeley. He is researching the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union and the United States and its impact on public services and public sector workers. He is sponsored by Michael Reich and Jesse Rothstein and will be at the IRLE from July 2015 through June 2017.
Mélina Hillion – France
Mélina Hillion is a PhD student at the Paris School of Economics. She is researching mechanisms of discrimination in the recruitment process of teachers in France, and the origins of regional discrepancies in elementary school teacher quality. She is also engaged in a project on the influence of teachers’ and classmates’ quality on career choices in higher education. She is sponsored by Jesse Rothstein and will be at the IRLE from September 2015 through December 2015.
Ling Huang – China
Taichi Ito – Japan
Taichi Ito is an associate professor of social policy at the Osaka University of Economics. He is conducting research to ascertain the potential for developing social movement unionism through a survey of labor unions in Japan and the United States. He is sponsored by Kim Voss and will be at the IRLE from August 2015 through August 2016.
Heike Jacobsen – Germany
Heike Jacobsen is a professor of economic sociology and sociology of work at Brandenburg University Cottbus-Senftenberg and vice speaker at the German Association for Social Sciences in Labour Market Research (SAMF). Professor Jacobsen is researching the implications of German energy transition policies for work and employment at private and communal energy supplying companies against the background of institutional changes in the German labor market. She is sponsored by Carol Zabin and Betony Jones and her partnership with the IRLE will extend from January 2016 to March 2016.
Bettina Kahil-Wolff – Switzerland
Bettina Kahil-Wolff is a faculty member at the Faculty of Law, Criminal Justice and Public Administration at the University of Lausanne, where she is Director of the Institute for Insurance and Labor Law (IDAT). She is researching the legal frame of labor and the functioning of the EU labor market. She is sponsored by Michael Reich and will be at the IRLE from September 2015 through July 2016.
John Logan – USA
Sophie Maillard – France
Sophie Maillard is a Masters student at ENSAE ParisTech and 'admistrateur' at INSEE. She is currently researching how the sorting process of workers into firms can account for the gender wage gap in the French labor market. She is sponsored by David Card and will be at the IRLE from May 2016 through August 2016.
Jamie McCallum – USA
Jamie McCallum is an assistant professor of sociology at Middlebury College. He is researching for his book, Hard Work for Hard Times: The Making of the Modern Work Ethic. He is sponsored by Kim Voss and will be at the IRLE from August 2015 through May 2016.
Chris Nekarda – USA
Chris Nekarda is a principal economist at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, where he studies the U.S. labor market. He has also worked at the Brookings Institution as the statistical associate editor of the Brookings Papers on Economics Activity. His research focuses on the causes and consequences of labor market polarization and the implications of demographic changes for labor market dynamics. He is sponsored by Jesse Rothstein and his partnership with the IRLE will extend from January 2016 to May 2016.
Peter Philips – USA
Peter Philips is a professor in the Economics Department at the University of Utah. His research focuses on the U.S. construction labor market, including issues of safety, regulation, competition, bidding practices, wage determination, the construction of renewable generation facilities, and related issues. He is sponsored by Carol Zabin and will be at the IRLE from September 2015 through December 2015.
Mari Rege – Norway
Mari Rege is a professor of economics at the UiS Business School at the University of Stavanger and ESOP at the University of Oslo. She specializes in the fields of labor, family and behavioral economics. Current projects include investigating the effects of parental labor force participation on child development, and examining how individuals' labor market decisions are affected by a concern for relative earnings. She is sponsored by David Card and will be at the IRLE from September 2015 through July 2016.
Andrew S. Ross – USA
Andrew S. Ross is a Bay Area-based journalist with 43 years' experience in print, broadcasting and digital media, including as a co-founder of Salon.com, and, most recently ,a 7+-year stint as a business columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle. His research interests include the post-Great Recession economy, the future of labor, income inequality and corporate culture. Sponsored by Jesse Rothstein, he will be at the IRLE from September 2015 to September 2016.
Ken Shinohara – Japan
Ken Shinohara is a professor of business management at Kyoto Sangyo University. He is researching real conditions of quality control activities and the unions' attitude towards them in the United States and Japan. He is sponsored by Clair Brown and he will be at the IRLE from September 2015 through August 2016.
Michael Siegenthaler – Switzerland
Michael Siegenthaler is a researcher at the KOF Swiss Economic Institute at ETH Zurich. He is researching how the content of schooling shapes labor market outcomes over the life-cycle. He is also investigating the effects of an increase in the local supply of workers on firms' provision of training, productivity, innovation goals, and technology adaptation. He is sponsored by Jesse Rothstein and will be at the IRLE from August 2015 through February 2016.
Daphné Skandalis – France
Daphné Skandalis is an economics PhD student at CREST in Paris. She works on unemployment policy evaluations on French data. She is sponsored by David Card and will be at the IRLE from August 2015 to January 2016.
Ainhoa Vega-Bayo – Spain & USA
Ainhoa Vega-Bayo is a postdoctoral researcher from the University of the Basque Country, Spain. She is studying gender differences and performance in mathematics and their long-run effects on the labor market, as well as hybrid discrete choice models applied to school choice. She is sponsored by David Card and will be at the IRLE form August 2015 to December 2015.
Ed Yelin – USA
Ed Yelin is a professor in residence of Medicine and Health Policy at the University of California, San Francisco. He is researching the relationship between socioeconomic status and health and potential policies to address this problem. He is sponsored by Michael Reich and will be at the IRLE from May 2015 through April 2016.
Feng Zhou – China
Feng Zhou is a professor in the Department of Philosophy at Guangdong Institute of Public Administration in Guangzhou, China. He studies theories of distributive justice in contemporary China. He is sponsored by Katie Quan and his partnership with the IRLE will extend from November 2015 through April 2016.
Lennart Ziegler – Netherlands
Lennart Ziegler is a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam. His research interests are labor market policies and earnings inequality. Current projects include investigating the effects of assortative mating and intergenerational mobility on earnings inequality and evaluating active labor market policies in the Netherlands. He is sponsored by David Card and will be at the IRLE from January 2016 to May 2016.
Xia Zhou – China
Xia Zhou is an associate professor in the Department of Public Administration at Guangdong Polytechnic Normal University in Guangzhou, China. She is researching labor conditions and protection in global value chains and community and social engagement of trade unions in the United States. She is sponsored by Katie Quan and will be at the IRLE from August 2014 through July 2016.