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David Autor is a Research Associate in the NBER's Programs on Aging, Education, and Labor Studies, and a Professor of Economics at MIT. He is also a Research Affiliate of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, Co-director of the MIT School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative, Associate Director of the NBER Disability Research Center, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Economic Perspectives. He studies labor market impacts of technological change and globalization, earnings inequality, disability insurance and labor supply, and temporary help and other intermediated work arrangements. Autor has received an NSF Career Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, the Sherwin Rosen Prize for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Labor Economics, and MIT's James A. and Ruth Levitan Award for excellence in teaching. He is also an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Autor earned a B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government in 1999. Prior to graduate study, he spent three years directing computer skills education for economically disadvantaged children and adults in San Francisco and South Africa. Autor is the co-captain of the MIT Economics hockey team, which is reputed to be one of the most highly cited teams in the MIT intramural league.

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Gordon Hanson is a Research Associate in the NBER's Programs on Development Economics and International Trade and Investment. He holds the Pacific Economic Cooperation Chair of International Economic Relations at the University of California, San Diego School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, and is a Professor of Economics in the university's Department of Economics.

Hanson earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Occidental College in 1986 and a Ph.D. in economics from MIT in 1992. He joined the University of California, San Diego in 2001 and previously held faculty appointments at the University of Michigan and at the University of Texas.

Currently, Hanson is co-editor at the Review of Economics and Statistics. At the University of California, San Diego, he directs the Center on Emerging and Pacific Economies and recently helped launch the Policy Design and Evaluation Lab. His ongoing projects addressing trade, immigration, and labor markets frequently take him to China and to Mexico.

Hanson grew up in Chang Mai, Thailand, and Fresno, California, and currently lives in Solana Beach, California with his wife, Caty, and daughters Thea (17) and Carlyn (14). His hobbies include skiing, water sports, and entertaining his three-year-old cattle dog.

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