Jennifer Hunt

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Jennifer Hunt
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Deputy Assistant Secretary for Microeconomic Analysis
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Assumed office
March 17, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Wes Yin
Chief Economist
U.S. Department of Labor
In office
January 28, 2013 – March 14, 2014
Preceded by Adriana Kugler
Succeeded by Heidi Shierholz
Personal details
Born 1965 (age 49–50)
Sydney, Australia
Citizenship United States
Political party Democratic Party
Alma mater International School of Geneva (I.B.)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (S.B. Electrical Engineering)
Harvard University (Ph.D. Economics)
Profession Professor of Economics

Jennifer Hunt is a professor of economics and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Microeconomic Analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.[1] She previously served a term as Chief Economist to the U.S. Secretary of Labor, serving under Acting Secretary Seth Harris and Secretary Thomas Perez.[2] She is currently on leave from her position as Professor of Economics at Rutgers University.[3] She is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.[4] She has done research in the areas of employment and unemployment policy, immigration, wage inequality, transition economics, crime and corruption.[5] Her current research focuses on immigration and innovation in the United States, the U.S. science and engineering workforce, and the 2008-2009 recession in Germany. Her research on immigration has been cited by media in the context of immigration reform legislation, currently under consideration by the U.S. Congress.[6][7]


Jennifer Hunt graduated from the International School of Geneva with an International Baccalaureate degree in 1983. She then studied electrical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning a Scientiæ Baccalaureus in 1987. She then switched fields and studied economics at Harvard University, earning her Ph.D in 1992.[8]

Academic Appointments[edit]

Jennifer Hunt is currently on leave from her position as Professor of Economics at Rutgers University. She began her academic career as an Assistant Professor at Yale University in 1992, becoming an Associate Professor in 1997. She moved to the University of Montreal in 2001 and McGill University in 2004. She has been a Professor at Rutgers since 2011.[8]

Professor Hunt has also held the following visiting positions:

Hunt is a Research Associate in Labor Studies at the National Bureau of Economic Research,[4] a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London,[12] and is on the Scientific Advisory Council of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies[13] in Washington D.C. and the Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung in Nuremberg.[14]

Since 2012, Hunt has served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Labor Economics.[15] She is also an Editor of the Journal of Comparative Economics.[16]

Research Awards[edit]

Hunt's paper, "How Much Does Immigration Boost Innovation?" (with coauthor Marjolaine Gauthier-Loiselle) won the American Economic Journal Best Paper in Macroeconomics Prize in 2013.[17] Hunt was honored in 2012 as the keynote speaker at Verein für Socialpolitik annual conference, Göttingen. She was also keynote speaker at INSIDE third annual immigration conference, Barcelona, 2009, and Innis Lecturer at the Canadian Economics Association Meetings, 2004. In 2001 she received the DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German Studies,[18] and she was awarded "Best Paper Using the German Socio-Economic Panel 1984-99, scholar under 35," in 2000.

Selected Publications[edit]


  1. ^ "Politico Morning Money — April 11, 2014". Politico. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "DOL Key Personnel". Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Rutgers University Staff". Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "NBER Research Associates and Faculty Research Fellows in Labor Studies". Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Washington Post blog discussing research related immigration and its impact on wages". The Washington Post. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Clemens, Michael; Lynch, Robert (29 April 2013). "Low-Wage Workers Will Benefit From Immigration Reform, Too". New Republic. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Chokshi, Niraj (2 May 2013). "Why Immigration May Not Have a Big Impact on Wages". National Journal. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c "Rutgers University CV" (PDF). Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano". Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  10. ^ Hunt, Jennifer (April 2009). "Which Immigrants Are Most Innovative and Entrepreneurial? Distinctions by Entry Visa" (PDF) (Working Paper 14920). National Bureau of Economic Research. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Stanford University Affiliates". Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "CEPR (the Centre for Economic Policy Research) Research Fellows". Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "American Institute for Contemporary German Studies Research Fellows". Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung der Bundesagentur für Arbeit: Wissenschaftlicher Beirat (Scientific Advisory Council)". Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Journal of Labor Economics Editorial Board". Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  16. ^ "Citations Database, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis". Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "American Economic Journal Best Papers". Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies". Retrieved 16 May 2013.