A puzzle in standard economics – why would the same worker be paid different wages depending on the firm he or she is employed by? Simon Jäger discusses his interest in the role that firms play in determining wages and shaping inequality. This video was made while Simon was a Postdoctoral Researcher at briq in the summer of 2017.
Three questions with Simon Jäger
Simon Jäger is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prior to that, he worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute on Behavior and Inequality. He conducts research in labor, public, and behavioral economics. Simon graduated with a PhD in economics from Harvard University after studying economics at the University of Bonn and the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation was awarded the W.E. Upjohn Institute Dissertation Award's First Prize and Harvard University's David A. Wells Prize for the best dissertation in economics. His work combines experimental and quasi-experimental methods with large, administrative datasets to shed light on the functioning of labor markets and the origins and consequences of inequality. He holds research affiliations with CESifo and the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).Department Website