Benjamin Schoefer

Assistant Professor of Economics
Department of Economics
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-3880

677 Evan Hall
(510) 642-0822



My side project: I run the German Economic Policy Roundtable (Wirtschaftspolitik-Diskussionsrunde). Most members are academics, policy practitioners, journalists, think tank researchers. (German) Twitter link for sign-up instructions here.

Policy Papers, Selected Presentations, Discussions, etc. (Under Construction)

Equitable Wage Growth: Macroeconomic Perspectives

Invited book chapter
in: "Boosting Wages for U.S. Workers in the New Economy"
(Washington Center for Equitable Growth/US Berkeley Institute for Research on Labor and Employment 2021 Essay Series) Complete book (PDF) Complete book (web version)

Employment Adjustment and COVID: Some Thoughts on Theory and Reality

Invited short talk connecting academic and policy perspectives
CEPR-IZA-OECD Workshop: Employment Support Strategies during COVID-19
October 15, 2020

Codetermination: Effects on Firms and Managers

Invited policy paper
Economic Policy Institute: EPI Unequal Power Project essay series
In preparation for spring 2021 release
with Simon Jäger

What Does Codetermination Do?

Review article (in preparation)
with Shakked Noy and Simon Jäger


Reservation Raises: The Aggregate Labor Supply Curve at the Extensive Margin

Currently presenting in macro seminars
Working paper, April 2021, substantially revised with new GSOEP results

Productivity, Place, and Plants

Working paper, April 2021

Voice at Work

Currently presenting in applied micro seminars
Working paper, February 2021

A Congestion Theory of Unemployment Fluctuations

Currently presenting in macro seminars
Working paper, updated February 2021

Paying Outsourced Labor: Direct Evidence from Linked Temp Agency-Worker-Client Data

Review of Economics and Statistics, accepted

Hysteresis from Employer Subsidies

Revised and resubmitted Journal of Public Economics
Updated February 2021

Marginal Jobs and Job Surplus: A Test of the Efficiency of Separations

Updated January 2021

Labor in the Boardroom

Editor's Choice (lead article): Quarterly Journal of Economics, 136(2), 2021, 669-725

Wages and the Value of Nonemployment

Quarterly Journal of Economics, 135(4), 2020, 1905-1963

Jobs and Matches: Quits, Replacement Hiring, and Vacancy Chains

American Economic Review: Insights, 2(1), 2020, 101-124

Payroll Taxes, Firm Behavior, and Rent Sharing: Evidence from a Young Workers' Tax Cut in Sweden

American Economic Review 109(5), 2019, 1717-1763

The Financial Channel of Wage Rigidity

Working paper, 2015

Regulation and taxation: A complementarity

Journal of Comparative Economics 38.4 (2010): 381-94

The Short-Run Aggregate Labor Supply Curve with Long-Term Jobs (working paper, 2018; with Preston Mui)

A Price-Theoretical Framework for Fluctuations in Matching Models (2017; with Yusuf Mercan)