JAMIN D. SPEER, Assistant Professor,  Department of Economics


Assistant Professor, Department of Economics

FAB 413
Office Hours
Tuesday, 2:30-4:00 pm



B.A. Economics - Vanderbilt University - 2007
M.A. Economics - Yale University - 2009
M.Phil. Economics - Yale University - 2011
Ph.D. Economics - Yale University - 2014

Areas of research

Labor economics, economics of education, applied microeconomics

Areas of teaching

Labor economics, public finance, mathematical economics, microeconomics, macroeconomics


"Drop Out, Switch Majors, or Persist? The Contrasting Gender Gaps" (with Carmen Astorne-Figari), Economics Letters 164, p. 82-85, March 2018

"The Gender Gap in College Major: Revisiting the Role of Pre-College Factors", Labour Economics 44, p. 69-88, January 2017

"Pre-Market Skills, Occupational Choice, and Career Progression", Journal of Human Resources 52(1), p. 187-246, January 2017

"How Bad is Occupational Coding Error? A Task-Based Approach", Economics Letters, 141, p. 166-168, April 2016

"Cashier or Consultant? Entry Labor Market Conditions, Field of Study, and Career Success" (with Joseph G. Altonji and Lisa B. Kahn), Journal of Labor Economics, 34(S1), p. S361-S401, January 2016

"Wages, Hours, and the School-to-Work Transition: The Consequences of Leaving School in a Recession for Less-Educated Men", The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, 16(1), p. 97-124, January 2016

"Trends in Earnings Differentials Across Majors and the Changing Task Composition of Jobs" (with Joseph G. Altonji and Lisa B. Kahn), American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, 104(5), p. 387-393, May 2014

Working papers

"Are Changes of Major Major Changes? The Roles of Grades, Gender, and Preferences in College Major Switching" (with Carmen Astorne-Figari)

"Labor Market Returns to College Major Specificity" (with Margaret Leighton)

"Where The Girls Are: Examining and Explaining the Huge Gender Gap in the Nursing Major"

Work in progress

"Manager Success and Job Tasks" (with Benjamin Friedrich)

"Major Motivation: The Impact of Major Composition and Earnings on Major Choice" (with Jobu Babin)

"Skills and Vacancies in the Egyptian Labor Market" (with Adam Osman and Andrew Weaver)

"Stigma and Selection into Social Programs: Evidence from a Job Training Recruitment Experiment" (with Adam Osman)

"A Randomized Trial of Job Training in Egypt" (with Adam Osman)