Kevin Lang

Professor of Economics
College of Arts & Sciences

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Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1982.
M.Sc. Universite de Montreal,1978
B.A. University of Oxford, 1976.

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Professor Lang is presently a professor in the Department of Economics at Boston University where he served as chair from 2005 to 2009. He is an elected Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists. He is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Center for Research and Analysis of… Read more

Professor Lang is presently a professor in the Department of Economics at Boston University where he served as chair from 2005 to 2009. He is an elected Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists. He is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Center for Research and Analysis of Migration (University College, London), a Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor (Bonn) and a Fellow of the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality (Stanford University), and has for many years been a member of the Advisory Board of the Canadian Employment Research Forum. Professor Lang is also a co-editor of Labour Economics, the Journal of the European Association of Labor Economists. Before coming to BU, he spent a year at the NBER as an Olin Foundation Fellow and before that was an assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine. During his tenure at Boston University, he has twice visited MIT for a year, once as a visiting scholar and once as a visiting professor. Professor Lang spent three months at the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research on a Fullbright Fellowship. He was the recipient of a Sloan Foundation Faculty Research Fellowship. He spent my most recent sabbatical at the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin, Italy, the School of Economics at the University of New South Wales in Sydney and the Center for Research and Analysis of Migration.

 

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    • Black Workers Really Do Need to Be Twice as Good

      October 7, 2015

      The Atlantic Kevin Lang, College of Arts & Sciences For decades, black parents have told their children that in order to succeed despite racial discrimination, they need to be “twice as good”: twice as smart, twice as dependable, twice as talented. This advice can be found in everything from literature to television shows, to day-to-day […]

    • Advice for new grads on work, play, and more

      May 6, 2015

      Boston Globe (subscription required) Kevin Lang, College of Arts & Sciences And now it begins. With the turn of a tassel, real life replaces college life for graduates set to embark on their professional paths… Expert quote: “It’s a much better time to look for jobs than a few years ago and even a lot better […]

    • 4 Questions to Ask Before Enrolling in a For-Profit Online Program

      February 27, 2015

      U.S. News & World Report Kevin Lang, College of Arts & Sciences Prospective students can be forgiven for wondering whether they should enroll in an online, for-profit degree program… Expert quote: “This is not the same thing as saying that the degree has no return in the labor market.” View for full article

    • Ballot initiatives take the pulse of the nation

      November 5, 2014

      The Conversation US By Kevin Lang, College of Arts & Sciences Minimum wage increase What is very interesting is that even from some very red states, there has been support for increasing the minimum wage, while there has been opposition to that from the Republican party… View full article by expert Kevin Lang

    • POV: Raise the Minimum Wage, but Don’t Expect Much

      May 12, 2014

      BU Today By Kevin Lang, College of Arts & Sciences In 1988, the economist Charles Brown published an article titled “Minimum Wages Laws: Are They Overrated?” His implicit answer was yes. More than 25 years later, minimum wages laws remain a hotly debated topic. Senate Republicans in April blocked a vote on raising the minimum wage, […]

    • Pres. Barack Obama holds fundraisers in Cambridge

      March 6, 2014

      WCVB Kevin Lang, College of Arts & Sciences Pres. Barack Obama was in Connecticut Wednesday to discuss his call to raise the minimum wage before heading to Cambridge for fundraisers… View video of expert Kevin Lang

    • The minimum wage debate: Should it be raised?

      January 29, 2014

      NECN Kevin Lang, College of Arts & Sciences During his State of the Union speech, President Obama called on Congress to give America a raise… View video of expert of Kevin Lang

    • Many women with top degrees stay home

      May 27, 2013

      Boston Globe (subscription required) Kevin Lang, College of Arts & Sciences Jessica Brewer graduated from MIT in 2005 with a mechanical engineering degree­ and spent the next five years designing nuclear reactors for Navy aircraft carriers and submarines… Expert quote: “If more women were in leadership positions, the workplace might be more ­family-friendly, and fewer […]

    • Three sides to debate over raising minimum wage

      February 24, 2013

      Boston Globe (subscription required) Kevin Lang, College of Arts & Sciences President Obama has asked Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour from $7.25, with automatic increases tied to inflation… Expert quote: “I’m an economist at Boston University, but my first post-high school job was a $1.70 an hour position in […]

    • Romney’s No Oprah

      October 22, 2012

      Huffington Post By Kevin Lang, College of Arts & Sciences Mitt Romney describes an Oprah‐like moment during his governorship… View article

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