Cornell University

Robert Hutchens : Biography

Robert Hutchens is a Professor in the Department of Labor Economics at Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1976, specializing in labor economics, public finance, and econometrics. His teaching focuses on labor economics and on the economics of government tax and transfer programs. His early research dealt with the economics of government transfer programs, with an emphasis on social security, unemployment insurance and Aid to Families with Dependent Children. More recently his research has concentrated on long-term implicit contracts and on employer policy toward older workers. As part of this research focus, he is involved in a survey of employers that examines employer policies toward phased retirement. He has published in such leading journals as the American Economic Review, the Journal of Labor Economics, the Journal of Human Resources, the International Economic Review and Mathematical Social Sciences.

Professor Hutchens has served as a Policy Fellow at the Brookings Institution, as an Associate Editor at the Industrial and Labor Relations Review, as Chairman of the Department of Labor Economics, and as a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).  He has held visiting positions at the University of British Columbia, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and at the International Labor Organzation.