John S. Earle


John S. Earle joined the Schar School of Policy and Government in August 2010. The recipient of economics degrees from Oberlin College (B.A.) and Stanford University (M.A. and Ph.D.), he also studied music at Oberlin Conservatory, Stanford and the Vienna Musikhochschule.

He has taught at the Central European University (1991-2010), Stanford University (1990-2000), the Stockholm School of Economics (1997-2001), and the University of Vienna (1991); and he has been an affiliated researcher with the Institute for International Studies at Stanford (1995-97), the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (1997-2001), the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA, since 1999), the Institute of Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (since 2007), the Center for Advanced Studies in Vienna (1991-92) and the Brookings Institution (1987).

Professor Earle’s research focuses on the firm-level and worker-level effects of public policies, particularly under conditions of structural and institutional change, and he has written widely on labor markets, political economy, firm performance, privatization and corporate governance, entrepreneurship, industry dynamics, organizational practices, and the consequences of restructuring for employees. His approach is comparative, institutional, and interdisciplinary, and much of his work develops and analyzes large micro-databases for multiple economies in Central and Eastern Europe.

Publications include more than 50 articles in refereed scholarly journals such as the Journal of Political Economy, Economic Journal, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Labor Economics, Labour Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Research in Labor Economics, American Political Science Review, Academy of Management Journal, European Economic Review, Lancet, and Corporate Governance. He has also published four books and numerous chapters in edited volumes, as well as articles and reports for policymakers and broader audiences.

Professor Earle’s policy experience includes stints at the Council of Economic Advisers, the Congressional Budget Office, and the U.S. Geological Survey in Washington, D.C., and policy advising and consulting with the World Bank, OECD, USAID, and the Russian-European Center for Economic Policy. He is also Director of the Labor Project at the Central European University and president-elect of the Association for Comparative Economic Studies.