The impact of inequality on young workers’ career progression

Project Summary:

Research shows that a worker’s first few years in the labor force have outsized effects over their entire lifetime earning’s trajectory. This project will look at how earnings, employment, and job transitions have changed for young workers over the past three decades. The researcher will also look at how rising income inequality affects career outcomes.


Till von Wachter is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles. His fields of interest are labor economics, the economics of aging, personnel economics, and macroeconomics. von Wachter is a faculty research affiliate at the California Center for Population Research, where he serves on the Executive Committee, an adjunct research affiliate at RAND, and is on the Faculty Advisory Board at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UC-Berkeley. He is a faculty research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a research fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research, and the Institute for the Study of Labor. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2003.

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