Richard V. Burkhauser

Cornell University, USA, and University of Melbourne, Australia

The IZA World of Labor project provides a summary of the latest evidence necessary for evidence-based labor market public policies

IZA World of Labor role

Author, Topic spokesperson

Current position

Sarah Gibson Blanding Professor of Public Policy, Department of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University, USA; Professorial Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia

Research interest

The effect of public policies on the economic behavior and well-being of vulnerable populations

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Member of the Council of Economic Advisers, USA, 2017– ; Consultant to the Australian Government Productivity Commission on Effects of the Australian Minimum Wage on Employment 2015

Past positions

Professor, Syracuse University, 1990–1998; Fellow, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Science, 1990–1991; Professor, Vanderbilt University, 1979–1990


PhD Economics, University of Chicago, 1976

Selected publications

  • “Accounting for income changes over the Great Recession: The importance of taxes and transfers.” National Tax Journal 68:2 (2015): 281–318 (with J. Larrimore and P. Armour).

  • “Does early-life income inequality predict self-reported health in later life? Evidence from the United States.” Social Science and Medicine 128 (2015): 347–355 (with D. R. Lillard, M. H. Hahn, and R. Wilkins).

  • “Measuring top incomes using tax records data: A cautionary tale from Australia.” Journal of Economic Inequality 13:2 (2015): 181–205 (with M. Hahn and R. Wilkins).

  • “Levels and trends in United States income and its distribution: A crosswalk from market income towards a comprehensive Haig-Simons income measure.” Southern Economic Journal 81:2 (2014): 271–293 (with P. Armour and J. Larrimore).

  • “Recent trends in top income shares in the USA: Reconciling estimates from March CPS and IRS tax return data.” Review of Economics and Statistics 94:2 (2012): 371–388 (with S. Feng, S. Jenkins, and J. Larrimore).