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Faculty Fellow

Jere Behrman


William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Economics


Jere R. Behrman is W.R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Economics and Sociology in the School of Arts and Sciences. A leading international researcher in empirical microeconomics with a focus on developing economies, Behrman has been Chair of Economics, Research Associate and Director of Penn’s Population Studies Center, Associate Director of the Lauder Institute, and Associate Director of Penn’s Population Aging Research Center, among other positions in the University. He has been an investigator on over 160 research projects, including 42 National Institutes of Health (NIH) and 14 National Science Foundation (NSF) grants, and has published over 400 articles and 35 books. The unifying dimension of much of this research is to improve empirical knowledge of the determinants of and the impacts of human resources given unobserved factors such as innate health and ability, the functioning of various institutions such as households and imperfect markets, and information imperfections. 

Selected Publications

Behrman, Jere R., Susan W. Parker, Petra E. Todd, and Kenneth I. Wolpin. 2015. “Aligning Learning Incentives of Students and Teachers: Results from a Social Experiment in Mexican High Schools.” Journal of Political Economy 123(2): 325-64.

Richter, Linda M., Bernadette Daelmans, Joan Lombardi, Jody Heymann, Florencia Lopez Boo, Jere R. Behrman, Chunling Lu, Jane E. Lucas, Rafael Perez-Escamilla, Tarun Dua, Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Karin Stenberg, Paul Gertler, and Gary L. Darmstadt. “Investing in the Foundation of Sustainable Development: Pathways to Scale up for Early Childhood Development. 2017. “ The Lancet.

Allen, Franklin, Jere R. Behrman, Nancy Birdsall, Shahrokh Fardoust, Dani Rodrik, Andrew Steer, and Arvind Subramanian. 2014. Towards a Better Global Economy: Policy Implications for Global Citizens in the 21st Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Almedia, Rita, Jere Behrman, and David Robalino, editors. 2012. The Right Skills for the Job? Rethinking Effective Training Policies for Workers. Washington, DC: Social Protection, Human Development Network, World Bank. 

Affiliated PhD Student

Desen Lin



Desen has been a PhD student in economics at Penn since 2015. His research interests include macroeconomics and finance, household finance, and real estate economics. His ongoing research develops a general equilibrium model to examine the land use regulatory impacts on housing prices through the supply restriction and the amenity channels in California. Before attending the University of Pennsylvania, Desen received an undergraduate degree in mathematical economics from Fudan University in China and a master’s degree in economics from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Selected Publications

Levitin, A. J., Lin D., & Wachter S. M. (forthcoming). Mortgage Risk Premiums during the Housing Bubble. The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics.

Acolin, A., Lin D., & Wachter S. M. (forthcoming). Endowments and minority homeownership. Cityscape.

Faculty Fellow

Iourii Manovskii


Associate Professor of Economics


Professor Manovskii is Associate Professor of Economics at Penn, Associate Editor of Macroeconomic Dynamics, Research Affiliate at the Center for Economic Policy Research, Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn. His research encompasses the fields of macroeconomics and labor economics, focusing on the quantitative study of labor markets (employment, unemployment, vacancies, human capital accumulation and destruction, the determination of wages, worker mobility across jobs and occupations, and the behavior of these variables over the business cycle) using dynamic general equilibrium models developed mostly in the field of macroeconomics. These calibrated models are used to study the effects of policies, such as progressive taxes, employer-based health insurance system, and government worker training programs.

Selected Publications

Hagedorn, Marcus, Tzuo Hann Law, and Iourii Manovskii. 2017. “Identifying Equilibrium Models of Labor Market Sorting.” Econometrica 85(1): 29-65.

Hagedorn, Marcus, Iourii Manovskii, and Sergiy Stetsenko. 2016. “Taxation and Unemployment in Models with Heterogeneous Workers.” Review of Economic Dynamics 19(1): 161-189.

Groess, Fane, Iourii Manovskii, and Philipp Kircher. 2015. “The U-Shapes of Occupational Mobility.” Review of Economic Studies 82(2):  659-692.

Jeong, Hyeok, Yong Kim, and Iourii Manovskii. 2015. “The Price of Experience.” American Economic Review 105(2): 784-815.

Hagedorn, Marcus and Iourii Manovskii. 2013. “Job Selection and Wages Over the Business Cycle.” American Economic Review 103(2): 771-803.

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