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Abigail Wozniak Director, Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute and Senior Research Economist

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Research interests

Labor, urban, and personnel economics

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Abigail Wozniak is the first director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis’ Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute. Prior to assuming that leadership role in February 2019, she was a tenured associate professor of economics at the University of Notre Dame.

From 2014 to 2015, she was a senior economist for the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago’s Becker-Friedman Institute and a visiting fellow at Princeton University’s Department of Economics and Industrial Relations. She is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, Germany.

Raised in Green Bay, Wis., Wozniak holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Refereed Publications

What Explains the Rising Share of U.S. Men in Registered Nursing?
2020 | Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 73(1): 91-123 | With Elizabeth Munnich
Previously: CEG Working Paper (2017 version)

Labor Market Transitions and the Decline in Long-Distance Migration in the US
2017 | Demography, 54(2): 631-653 | With Raven Molloy and Christopher L. Smith
Portions previously circulated as "Declining Migration in the US: The Role of the Labor Market" in 2014 in the NBER and FEDS working paper series.

The Effects of College Education on Health
2016 | Journal of Health Economics, 50: 99-114 | With Kasey Buckles, Andreas Hagemann, Ofer Malamud, and Melinda Morrill

Understanding Declining Fluidity in the U.S. Labor Market
2016 | Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Spring: 183-237 | With Raven Molloy, Christopher L. Smith, Riccardo Trezzi

Discrimination and the Effects of Drug Testing on Black Employment
2015 | The Review of Economics and Statistics, 97(3): 548-566

Racial Differences in Inequality Aversion: Evidence from Real World Respondents in the Ultimatum Game
2012 | Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 84(2): 600-617 | With John Griffin and David Nickerson

The Impact of College on Migration: Evidence from the Vietnam Generation
2012 | Journal of Human Resources, 47(4): 913-950 | With Ofer Malamud

Timing Is Everything: Short-Run Population Impacts of Immigration in US Cities
2012 | Journal of Urban Economics, 72(1): 60-78 | With Thomas J. Murray

Internal Migration in the United States
2011 | Journal of Economic Perspectives, 25(3): 173-196 | With Raven Molloy and Christopher L. Smith

Labor Reallocation over the Business Cycle: New Evidence from Internal Migration
2011 | Journal of Labor Economics, 29(4): 697-739 | With Raven Molloy

Field Perspectives on the Causes of Low Employment Among Less Skilled Black Men
2011 | The American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 70(3): 811-844

Are College Graduates More Responsive to Distant Labor Market Opportunities?
2010 | Journal of Human Resources, 45(4): 944-970

Product Markets and Paychecks: Deregulation's Effect on the Compensation Structure in Banking
2007 | Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 60(2): 246-267