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Mitch Downey

Ph.D. Candidate – Department of Economics

Phone: (314) 440-2430

Fax: (858) 822-2657

Office: ECON 119

Email: pmdowney@ucsd.edu

Advisors (co-chairs): Eli Berman and Gordon Dahl

Department of Economics
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive # 0508
La Jolla, CA 92093-0508

Thank you for visiting my website. I am a job market candidate in economics at UCSD working on political economy and labor economics. I am interested in how political forces affect the basic functioning of government, a question that spans developed and developing countries. I am also interested in what determines how workers are allocated across jobs because the effects of many policies depend on this process. If you are interested in my work, I would love to hear from you.

Education

  • Ph.D. Economics - University of California, San Diego - 2017 (expected)
  • M.A. Economics - University of Missouri, St. Louis - 2009
  • B.A. Mathematics - University of Missouri, St. Louis - 2009
  • B.S. Economics - University of Missouri, St. Louis - 2009

Fields

  • Primary : Political Economy, Labor Economics
  • Secondary : Public Economics, Development Economics

Research Interests

My political economy research studies how political forces affect the basic functioning of government. With growing evidence that policy implementation matters as much as policies themselves, I am particularly interested in political influence in bureaucratic discretion and decision-making. I am also interested in how powerful groups (either financially or militarily powerful) affect government behavior. My job market paper is at the intersection of these. My labor economics research studies how workers are allocated across occupations, industries, and employers. Within this broad area, I am particularly interested in the policy implications of labor market frictions, technological change, and observable and unobservable worker skills.

Research Statement

References

Eli Berman (co-chair)
U.C. San Diego
Department of Economics
Ph: (858) 534-2858
Email
Website

Gordon Dahl (co-chair)
U.C. San Diego
Department of Economics
Ph: (858) 822-0644
Email
Website
Gordon Hanson
U.C. San Diego
Department of Economics
Ph: (858) 822-5087
Email
Website