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Professor Hamermesh Receives Multiple Awards

Tue, May 14, 2013
Professor Hamermesh Receives Multiple Awards

At the annual meeting of the Society of Labor Economists, Professor Hamermesh received the Jacob Mincer Award for Lifetime Contributions to the Field of Labor Economics. On behalf of Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE), the international honor society of economics, he has also been chosen as the 2013 recipient of the John R. Commons Award.

The Mincer award was established in 2004 and is now awarded once every two years. ODE established the John R. Commons Award in memory of one of its founders.  The honors society bestows the award biennially to an outstanding economist in recognition of achievements in and service to the economics profession. 

What follows are excerpts from the Society of Labor Economists meeting stating what Professor Hamermesh has contributed to the field of Economics and highlights his achievements thus far:

Daniel S. Hamermesh is the Sue Killam Professor in the Foundation of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin and Professor of Economics, Royal Holloway University of London, and is a past President of the Society of Labor Economics. Professor Hamermesh has made many contributions to labor economics in a long and distinguished career. He has been a leading scholar of labor demand, publishing a series of important papers that culminated in his classic 1993 book, “Labor Demand.” He also made important contributions to the study of time allocation. Not resting on these laurels, Dan almost single-handedly developed research on beauty and the labor market, or “lookism.” His 2011 book, “Beauty Pays”, demonstrates how society favors the beautiful and how better-looking people experience benefits in all aspects of life.

Professor Hamermesh has also made significant contributions to the sociology and economics of economics. He has written instructive papers on the production of economic research, covering topics such as co-authorship, the life cycle of academic productivity and earnings, the selection of economists for honors, and even journal refereeing. These papers typically not only teach us about economists but also about economic science. He has also taken it upon himself to put down in writing professional advice to economists, including papers covering teaching, publishing, and dealing with the media, and a guide for young economists that is widely shared with new colleagues at universities throughout the world.

The Dept of Economics is fortunate to have Professor Hamermesh as part of our faculty here and congratulates him for these distinguished awards.

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