JOSEPH G. ALTONJI
Department of Economics
Andersen Hall, G-202
2003 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
Born September 26, 1953
Married with 2 children
Yale University, B.A., Economics (cum laude with departmental honors), May 1975
Yale University, M.A., Economics, May 1975
Princeton University, (1976-1980), Ph.D., Economics, June 1981
Professor of Economics, Northwestern University, September 1990-present
- Associate Professor of Economics, Northwestern University, September 1986-August 1990.
- Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research (formerly Center for Urban Affairs and Policy
Research) , Northwestern University, September 1986-present.
- Associate Director, Institute for Policy Research, September 1996-1997 (to be Acting Director
September 1997-September 1998.)
- Assistant Professor of Economics, Columbia University, July 1981-June 1986.
- Lecturer, Department of Economics, Columbia University, July 1980-July 1981.
- Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, Princeton University, September 1984-June 1985.
- Visiting Research Associate, Industrial Relations Section, Princeton University, September
- Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, 1992-present.
- Faculty Research Fellow, NBER, 1981-1992).
- Senior Research Associate, National Center of Education and Employment, Teachers College,
Columbia University, December 1985-November 1990.
- Research Associate, Charles River Associates, Cambridge, MA, September 1975-September 1976.
Consultant, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, July 1996-present
Senior Fellow, NCI Research, 1989-1995
Consultant, Center for Naval Analysis, April 1987-December 1987
MAJOR FIELDS OF INTEREST
Labor Economics, Macroeconomics, Applied Econometrics
Fellow of the Econometric Society, 1997-
Who's Who in Economics, 3rd Edition
Harry Johnson Prize, Canadian Economics Association, 1991.
- "The Effects of Labor Market Experience, Job Seniority and Mobility on Wage Growth" (with
Nicolas Williams), forthcoming in Research in Labor Economics
- "Parental Altruism and Intervivos Transfers: Theory and Evidence" (with Fumio Hayashi and L.
Kotlikoff), Revised September 1996. Forthcoming, Journal of Political Economy December 1997
- "The Effects of Family Characteristics on the Return to Education" (with Thomas Dunn), Review
of Economics and Statistics , (November 1996): 692-704
- "Using Siblings to Estimate the Effects of School Quality on Wages" (with Thomas Dunn).
Review of Economics and Statistics. (November 1996): 665-671.
- "Small Sample Bias in GMM Estimation of Covariance Structures" (with Lewis Segal)) Journal of
Business and Economic Statistics. Vol 14 No. 3 (July 1996): 353-366.
- "Employer Learning and the Signalling Value of Education" (with Charles Pierret). Forthcoming
in I. Ohashi and T. Tachibanaki editors, Employment Adjustment, Incentives and Internal Labour
Market, McMillan Publishing Co.
- "Risk Sharing Between and Within Families (with Fumio Hayashi and Laurence Kotlikoff,
Hayashi is first author.) Econometrica, 64 No. 2 (March 1996): 261-294.
- "The Effects of High School Curriculum on Education and Labor Market Outcomes," Journal of
Human Resources, 30(3) (Summer 1995): 410-438.
- "The Demand for and Return to Education When Education Outcomes are Uncertainty", Journal of
Labor Economics, 11 No 1(1) (January 1993):48-83.
- "Using Wage Growth Models to Estimate the Returns to Experience, Seniority and Mobility Wage
Growth" (with Nicolas Williams), in Labour Demand and Equilibrium Wage Formation, North
Holland, (1993): 327-355.
- "Is the Extended Family Altruistically Linked? Direct Tests Using Micro Data" (with Fumio
Hayashi and Laurence Kotlikoff), American Economic Review, 82 No 5 (December 1992): 1177-1198.
- "Labor Supply, Hours Constraints, and Job Mobility" (with Christina Paxson), Journal of Human
Resources. 27 No. 2 (Spring 1992): 256-278.
- "Relationships Among the Family Incomes and Labor Market Outcomes of Relatives (with
Thomas Dunn). Research in Labor Economics, 12 (1991): 269-310.
- "Worker Characteristics, Job Characteristics, and the Receipt of On-the-Job Training", (with
James Spletzer). Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 45(1) (October 1991): 58-79. (To be
reprinted in O. Ashenfelter and R. LaLonde, editor, The Economics of Training, Edward Elgar
- "The Effects of Immigration on the Labor Market Outcomes of Less-Skilled Natives (with David
Card), in John Abowd and Richard Freeman (eds.), Immigration, Trade, and the Labor Market,
University of Chicago Press (1991): 201-234.
- "Intertemporal Substitution, Exogeneity and Surprises: Estimating Life-Cycle Models for Canada"
(with J. Ham), Canadian Journal of Economics, XXIII No 1 (February 1990): 1-43.
- "Variation in Employment Growth in Canada: The Role of External, National, Regional and
Industrial Factors" (with J. Ham), Journal of Labor Economics, Vol 8 (January 1990): S198-S236.
- "Labor Supply Preferences, Hours Constraints, and Hours-Wage Tradeoffs" (with C. Paxson), in
Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 6, No. 2 (April 1988): 254-276.
- "'Unions and Job Security in the Public Sector': Comment," in R. Freeman and C. Ichniowksi
(eds.), Public Sector Unionism, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL (1988).
- "Testing the Response of Consumption to Changes in Income Using (Noisy) Panel Data" (with A.
Siow), Quarterly Journal of Economics (May 1987): 293-328.
- "Do Wages Rise With Job Seniority?" (with R. Shakotko), Review of Economic Studies, Vol. LIV
(3) No. 179 (July 1987): 437-460. Reprinted in O. Ashenfelter and K. Hallock, eds., Labor
Economics , Vol III) Edward Algar (1995).
- "`Econometric Approaches to the Specification of Life-Cycle Labour Supply and Commodity
Demand Behavior': Comment," Econometric Reviews, Vol 5, No. 1 (1986): 147-151.
- "Job Characteristics and Hours of Work" (with C. Paxson), Research in Labor Economics, Vol.
8, Part A (1986): 1-55.
- "The Collective Impact of Sectoral Shocks on Aggregate Employment Fluctuations" (with J. Ham),
in P. Chinloy and E. Stromsdorfer (eds.), Labor Market Adjustments in the Pacific Basin, Kluwer-Nijhoff, Boston (1986): 161-202.
- "Intertemporal Substitution in Labor Supply: Evidence from Micro Data," December 1984,
Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 94, No. 3, Part 2 (June 1986): S176-S215. Reprinted in O.
Ashenfelter and K. Hallock, eds., Labor Economics , Vol I, Edward Algar (1995)
- "`Efficiency Wage Models: A Partial Evaluation': Comment," in Stanley Fisher (ed.), NBER
Macroeconomics Annual, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA (1986): 276-284.
- "The Intertemporal Substitution Model of Labor Market Fluctuations: An Empirical Analysis,"
Review of Economic Studies, Vol. 59(5), No. 159 (1982): 783-824. Reprinted in C. A.
Greenhalgh, P. R. G. Layard, and A. J. Oswald (eds.), The Causes of Unemployment, Oxford
University Press, Oxford (1983): 105-147.
- "Wage Movements and the Labor Market Equilibrium Hypothesis" (with O. Ashenfelter),
Economica (August 1980): 1-29.
- "Effects on Motor-Carrier Operations of ICC Regulation of Operating Authority" (with W. B. Tye,
P. O. Roberts, and J. T. Kneafsey), Transportation Research Board, Transportation Research
Record, 635 (1977): 1-6.
- "Estimating Misallocation of Traffic Between Rail and Truck Transport," Transportation
Research Forum, (1976): 378-387.
- "Panel Data Estimators for Nonseparable Models with Endogenous Regressors". (with Rosa
Matzkin) mimeo. May 1997
- "Employer Learning and Statistical Discrimination" (with Charles R. Pierret) revised March 1997
- "Do Wages Rise with Job Seniority? A Reassessment" (with Nicholas Williams). mimeo, revised
May 1997. Submitted to American Economic Review
- "An Intergenerational Model of Wages, Hours, and Earnings" (with Thomas Dunn), (revised
November 1994). Under revision for resubmission to Journal of Human Resources at the request of
- "Controlling for Personal Characteristics, School and Community Characteristics, and High
School Curriculum in Estimating the Return to Education," mimeo (revised December 1993),
- "The Effects of Earnings and Wealth on Time and Money Transfers between Parents and
Children" (with F. Hayashi and L. Kotlikoff) mimeo (March 1992), revised September 1995.
Presented at the Seminar on Intergenerational Economic Relations and Demographic Chagne, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawai, September 1995. A revised version will be published in a
- "The Effects of Family Background and School Characteristics on Education and Labor Market
Outcomes," mimeo (December 1988).
- "Dynamic Factor Models of Consumption, Hours, and Income" (with A. Martins and A. Siow),
mimeo, (December 1986).
- "Choice of Instruments in the Errors in Variables Approach to Estimating Rational Expectations
Models" (August 1983).
- "Does the Labor Market Clear? A Test Based on Alternative Expectations Assumptions in the
Intertemporal Substitution Framework," Columbia University Economics Discussion Paper No.
110 (September 1981).
WORK IN PROGRESS
- "Location, School Choice, and the Effects of Catholic Schools" (with Christopher Taber and
- "Is There Nominal Wage Rigidity? Evidence from Panel Data." (with Paul Devereux)
- "Estimating Derivatives in Nonseparable Models with Limited Dependent Variables", (with
- "Race and Gender in the Labor Market" (with Rebecca Blank)
CONTRACTS AND GRANTS
- Russell Sage Foundation, (with Rebecca Blank) "Race and Gender in the Labor Market" March
- National Science Foundation, "Differential Effectiveness of Schools", July 1995-June 1998.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, Education, Experience, and Employer Learning About Worker
Productivity, October 1993-March 1995.
- National Institute of Aging, Consumer Behavior, Transfers and the Extended Family, September
1989-August 1992 (with Laurence Kotlikoff and Fumio Hayashi).
- National Science Foundation, Studies of Life Cycle Models of Consumer Behavior Using Panel
Data, March 1986-January 1991.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, Family Background, Labor Market Outcomes, and Race and Sex
Differences in Employment and Earnings, October 1987-August 1989.
- National Institute of Education, Education and the Labor Market (part of the Center for Education
and Employment, Teachers College, Columbia University), December 1985-November
- Spencer Foundation, Education and the Labor Market (with J. Mincer and A. Weiss), June 1985-May 1989.
- Spencer Foundation, "Why Do Better Educated Workers Earn More: An Empirical Investigation"
(with A. Weiss), summer 1984.
- Social Science Research Council, Canada, Dynamic Models of the Canadian Labor Market (with
J. Ham), 1983-1985.
- U.S. Department of Labor, Job Transitions, Wage Changes, and Unemployment (with J. Mincer
and A. Weiss), September 1983-May 1985.
- U.S. Department of Labor, Employer/Employee Attachments (with J. Mincer and R. Shakotko),
September 1982-March 1984.
Board of Editors, American Economic Review (April 1991 - March 1994)
- Co-editor, Journal of Human Resources (December 1991 - )
- Editorial Board, Labour Economics (1992-)
- Board of Overseers, Panel Study of Income Dynamics, University of Michigan, (April 1991 -).
- Advisory Council, Department of Economics, Princeton University (June 1994 -)
- Referee for:
Econometrica; Industrial and Labor Relations Review; Journal of Econometrics;
Journal of Money, Credit and Banking; Journal of Human Resources; Journal of Labor
Economics; Journal of Monetary Economics; Review of Economic Studies; Quarterly
Journal of Economics; National Science Foundation; International Economic Review;
Journal of Political Economy; Journal of Macro-Economics; National Institute of Health
- Seminar Presentations (1983-1997):
American Economic Association (December 1987)
Baruch College, CUNY (November 1985)
Center for Naval Analysis (January 1987)
Columbia University (September 1983, April 1984, Sepbember 1984, February 1985, April 1986,
November 1987, October 1989, May 1990, October 1995)
Cornell University (October 1983, January 1986, October 1988, September 1992)
CREST-INSAE (February 1996)
DELTA (Paris, France) (April 1997)
Duke University (April 1993)
Eastern Economic Association (April 1986)
The Economics Institute (March 1993)
Econometric Society (December 1984, August 1985, December 1985, June 1986, June 1989)
Graduate Center, CUNY (September 1983, January 1984)
Georgetown University (October 1989)
Harvard University (December 1994)
Hoover Institution (January 1983)
Johns Hopkins University (March 1994)
McMaster University (April 1986, November 1991, December 1995)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (March 1987)
Milkin Institue (December 1994)
National Bureau of Economic Research (August 1983, August 1984, August 1985, July 1987,
September 1987, July 1988, May 1989, July 1990, November 1992, July 1994, May
1995, November 1995)
New York University (October 1983, October 1985)
NORC (October 1986)
North Carolina State University (May 1986)
Northwestern University (March 1986, April 1987, September 1988, November 1988, May 1989,
May 1990, December 1991, November 1992, September 1990, September 1994, Fall
1995, May 1996, May 1997)
Ohio State University (October 1988)
Oxford University (February 1996)
Paris I-LAMIA (March 1997)
Princeton University (March 1983, October 1984, March 1985, April 1986, November 1987,
October 1989, March 1994, October 1996)
Queens University (April 1986)
RAND Corporation (April 1991, March 1992)
SUNY at Stony Brook (November 1984, April 1988)
Syracuse University (September 1992)
Texas A&M University (October 1991)
Tel Aviv University (July 1997)
The Upjohn Institute (February 1996)
U.S. Department of Labor (November 1983, November 1985, July 1989, December 1995)
University of Brittish Columbia (April 1991)
University College, London (July 1990, February 1996))
University of California-Berkeley (April 1991, January 1997)
University of California-Los Angeles (March 1987, November 1990, April 1994)
University of California-San Diego (November 1990)
University of Chicago (November 1986, November 1988, April 1991, November 1993, May 1994)
University of Colorado (March 1993)
University of Houston (October 1991)
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (March 1988)
University of Illinois, Chicago Circle (March 1995)
University of Indiana (April 1990, December 1996)
University of Kentucky (October 1988)
University of Maryland (October 1989)
University of Miami (March 1987)
University of Michigan (October 1985, April 1988, November 1990, September 1996)
University of Minnesota (May 1988, May 1994)
University of Montreal (June 1992, March 1995)
University of Pennsylvania (February 1984)
University of Pittsburgh (November 1990, October 1996)
University of Rochester (December 1990)
University of Texas, Austin (April 1994)
University of Toronto (November 1991)
University of Virginia (March 1986)
University of Western Ontario (April 1986, April 1991, December 1995)
University of Washington (April 1991)
University of Wisconsin (June 1990, June 1993, February 1995)
University of Wyoming (September 1991)
Vanderbilt University (March 1994)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute (March 1988)
Western Economic Association (June 1991)
Yale University (November 1984, December 1987, September 1989, February 1994)