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Alexandre Mas receives 2009 IZA Young Labor Economist Award

Jan 11, 2010
Dr. Alexandre Mas
Dr. Alexandre Mas


Dr. Alexandre Mas, Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, has been awarded the IZA Young Labor Economist Award (2009). Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA) in Atlanta on January 4, 2010, the award honors Mas for his paper "Labor Unrest and the Quality of Production: Evidence from the Construction Equipment Resale Market" (Review of Economic Studies, January 2008).

The IZA Young Labor Economist Award honors an outstanding published paper in labor economics written by young researchers. Reflecting IZA's strong ambition to support young and aspiring academics, this annual award honors the best paper published during the past two years by labor economists under 40 years of age. The winning paper is chosen from a large number of nominations submitted by IZA Research Fellows and Affiliates.

Mas’ paper examines the construction equipment resale market to assess whether equipment produced by the world's largest manufacturer of construction machinery, Caterpillar, experienced lower product quality in facilities that underwent contract disputes during the 1990's. The IZA selection committee was most impressed with Dr. Mas’ use of sophisticated econometric methods and careful work with field data to show how important psychological factors may be for productivity.

Alexandre Mas holds a joint appointment in the Woodrow Wilson School and in the University’s Department of Economics as a Professor of Economics and Public Affairs. Previously, Mas worked at the Haas School of Business and the Department of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his B.A. in economics and mathematics at Macalester College, and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2004. A prominent labor economist, Mas is currently the Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor, returning September 2010.