Gary Solon

Eller Professor of Economics


Ph.D. in Economics, Princeton University, 1983

Areas of Expertise

  • Labor Economics
  • Applied Econometrics


ECON 418 Introduction to Econometrics
ECON 522B Econometrics
ECON 696H Labor Economics l
ECON 696I Labor Economics ll

Current Research

Most of Solon’s research involves empirical analysis of labor market issues.  He presently is concentrating on the behavior of labor markets over recessions and expansions.  Some of the other topics on which he has conducted influential research are the intergenerational transmission of socioeconomic status, earnings dynamics over the life cycle, and microeconometric methods.

Recent Publications

  • “What Do We Know So Far about Multigenerational Mobility?” Economic Journal, Forthcoming. 
  • “Wage Adjustment in the Great Recession and Other Downturns: Evidence from the United States and Great Britain,” with Michael Elsby and Donggyun Shin, Journal of Labor Economics, January 2016.
  • “What Are We Weighting For?” with Steven Haider and Jeffrey Wooldridge, Journal of Human Resources, Spring 2015.
  • “Measuring What Employers Do about Entry Wages over the Business Cycle: A New Approach,” with Pedro Martins and Jonathan Thomas, American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, October 2012.
  • “Trends in Men’s Earnings Volatility: What Does the Panel Study of Income Dynamics Show?” with Donggyun Shin, Journal of Public Economics, August 2011.
  • “Two-Sample Instrumental Variables Estimators,” with Atsushi Inoue, Review of Economics and Statistics, August 2010.

Other Selected Publications

  • “Trends in Intergenerational Income Mobility,” with Chul-In Lee, Review of Economics and Statistics, November 2009.
  • “The Ins and Outs of Cyclical Unemployment,” with Michael Elsby and Ryan Michaels, American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, January 2009.
  • “Life-Cycle Variation in the Association between Current and Lifetime Earnings,” with Steven Haider, American Economic Review, September 2006.
  • “Measuring the Cyclicality of Real Wages: How Important Is Composition Bias?” with Robert Barsky and Jonathan Parker, Quarterly Journal of Economics, February 1994.
  • “Intergenerational Income Mobility in the United States,” American Economic Review, June 1992.