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David Autor is a Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Faculty Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.


Autor is currently engaged in two research programs, one on the growth of labor market intermediation, and the second on job skill demands, technological change, and earnings inequality. Autor received a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Computer Science from Tufts University in 1989 and a Ph.D. in Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 1999. He is also the recipient of an NSF CAREER award for his research on labor market intermediation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, and the Sherwin Rosen Prize in 2008 for outstanding contributions in the field of Labor Economics. Prior to obtaining his Ph.D., Autor spent three years directing efforts in San Francisco and South Africa to teach computer skills to economically disadvantaged children and adults. He also pursued two previous careers, one in computer programming and the other in food service. At last count, Autor and his spouse, Marika Tatsutani, had three children, ages twelve, ten, and four. Autor is an avid sailor and his two older children are enthusiastic swimmers. As a compromise, they often go ice skating together.


Thesis:Essays on the Changing Labour Market:Computerization,Inequality,and the Development of the Contingent Work Force.

Thesis:Charting the Impacts of the Computer Revolution:New Evidence from the Current Population Survey.


David Autor is a Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Faculty Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and incoming Editor in Chief of the Journal of Economic Perspectives.


  • economics

    • The Growth of Low-Skill Service Jobs and the Polarization of the United States Labor Market

    • The China Syndrome: Local Labor Market Effects of Import Competition in the United States

    • What Does Human Capital Do? A Review of Goldin and Katz's The Race between Education and Technology

    • Skills, Tasks and Technologies: Implications for Employment and Earnings

    • Battle Scars? The Puzzling Decline in Employment and Rise in Disability Receipt Among Vietnam Era Veterans

    • Do Temporary Help Jobs Improve Labor Market Outcomes for Low-Skilled Workers? Evidence from 'Work First.'

    • This Job is “Getting Old”: Measuring Changes in Job Opportunities using Occupational Age Structure

    • Does Job Testing Harm Minority Workers? Evidence from Retail Establishments

    • Trends in United States Wage Inequality: Revising the Revisionists

    • Structural Demand Shifts and Potential Labor Supply Responses in the New Century

    • Does Employment Protection Reduce Productivity? Evidence from United States States

    • Distinguishing Income from Substitution Effects in Disability Insurance

    • The Growth in the Social Security Disability Rolls: A Fiscal Crisis Unfolding

    • Temporary Agency Employment as a Way out of Poverty?

    • The Costs of Wrongful-Discharge Laws

    • The Polarization of the United States Labor Market

    • The Employment Consequences of Wrongful-Discharge Laws: Large, Small, or None at All?

    • Women, War and Wages: The Effect of Female Labor Supply on the Wage Structure at Mid-Century

    • The Skill Content of Recent Technological Change: An Empirical Exploration.

    • The Rise in the Disability Rolls and the Decline in Unemployment

    • Outsourcing at Will: Unjust Dismissal Doctrine and the Growth of Temporary Help Employment

    • Upstairs Downstairs: Computers and Skills on Two Floors of a Large Bank

    • Why do Temporary Help Firms Provide Free General Skills Training?

    • Wiring the Labor Market

    • Computing Inequality: Have Computers Changed the Labor Market?