College of Liberal Arts

Economist Daniel Hamermesh Receives Humboldt Research Award

Thu, Jan 26, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas - Daniel Hamermesh, the Sue Killam Professor in the Foundations of Economics, has been awarded a Humboldt Research Award from the Germany-based Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation honors academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories or insights have had a significant impact on their discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.

Recipients of the Humboldt Prize are nominated by established academics in Germany. Only eminent foreign researchers at the peak of their academic careers and in leading positions are eligible for the award.

Hamermesh specializes in labor demand, social programs, academic labor markets and unusual applications in everyday life. Most recently he has focused his research on the economic benefits of beauty. His new book “Beauty Pays”(Princeton University Press, 2011) demonstrates how society favors the beautiful – and how better-looking people experience startling but undeniable benefits in all aspects of life.

The recipient of several university-wide teaching awards, Hamermesh teaches theory in a way that makes economics useful in everyday life. He applies economic principles to various topics – from organ donation supply and demand to the benefits and drawbacks of overtime exemption – in his Freakonomics blog.

Hamermesh has published several books and nearly 100 papers in scholarly journals, including the American Economic Review, Journal of Human Resources, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Labor Economics, and Handbook of Labor Economics. He is a fellow of the Econometric Society and the Society of Labor Economists, a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, program director at the Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA), and a past president of the Society of Labor Economists and of the Midwest Economics Association.

Watch him discuss his research in this 5-part Knowledge Matters video series.



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