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Mansfield, Richard Kennard

Assistant Professor


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research overview

  • I specialize in using linked administrative data to identify and estimate 1) flexible production functions in which inputs feature a network structure (e.g. teachers and students, or workers with overlapping shifts), and 2) equilibrium models of sorting and two-sided matching. My first few applications involved teacher productivity and teacher and student sorting across schools and neighborhoods, while my current work also exploits linked employer-employee data to estimate two-sided matching models featuring multidimensional worker and firm heterogeneity. These latter applications focus on the incidence across locations and worker skill levels of alternative local labor demand policies and international trade policies.


  • estimation of models of sorting, estimation of job assignment models, estimation and identification of value-added models,


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courses taught

  • ECON 3070 - Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023
    Explores theory and application of models of consumer choice, firm and market organization, and general equilibrium. Extensions include intertemporal decisions, decisions under uncertainty, externalities, and strategic interaction.
  • ECON 4616 - Labor Economics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2023
    Examines the influence of markets, unions, and government on labor allocation and remuneration. Analyzes human capital, discrimination, mobility and migration, productivity, unemployment, and inflation. Compares outcomes under competition with those in a world marked by shared market power and bargaining.
  • ECON 8676 - Seminar: Labor Economics 1
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2023
    Focuses on the demand side of labor markets. Topics include standard static and dynamic models of labor demand, labor market discrimination, composition of compensation, labor hierarchies within enterprises, unionization, efficient contracts, and macroeconomics of labor markets.


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