IZA Young Labor Economist Award 2009

Marco Caliendo | Alexandre Mas
The 2009 IZA Young Labor Economist Award was awarded to Princeton University professor Alexandre Mas for his outstanding paper on "Labour Unrest and the Quality of Production: Evidence from the Construction Equipment Resale Market", (Review of Economic Studies Vol. 75 (1), 2008, 229-258).

IZA Research Director Marco Caliendo presented the award to Mas during the ASSA annual meetings in Atlanta on January 4, 2010. The award reflects IZA's strong ambition to support young and aspiring academics. Mas' study "is a pioneering paper that shows how important psychological factors such as work morale may be for firms' productivity and profitability," said Caliendo in his laudation.

Alexandre Mas earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2004. In 2004 he joined the Haas School of Business and the Department of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, as an Assistant Professor and became an Associate Professor in 2008. In 2009, he returned to Princeton as Professor of Economics and Public Affairs. He is currently on leave to serve as the Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Labor.