Associate Professor • Member of the Doctoral Faculty at CUNY’s Graduate Center

Ph.D. Economics, University of Chicago, 1987
Fields:    Labor Economics, Minimum Wages
Office:    HW 1523
Phone:   (212) 772-5439
Fax:        (212) 772-5398


Before joining the economics department in the fall of 1994, Professor McLaughlin was Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Rochester.   He has also been the Olin Visiting Assistant Professor of Business Economics at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business, Research Associate at the University of Chicago’s George J Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State, Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, and Visiting Associate Professor at Columbia University.

Professor McLaughlin is the author of Labor Economics: Principles in Practice, 2nd ed. (Oxford University Press, 2019), an undergraduate textbook in labor economics. His current research is on minimum wages. Matching and turnover in the labor market and wage rigidity were the focus of his earlier research.

Current Research
Employment Effects of Three Rounds of Federal Minimum Wage Hikes.” Unpublished manuscript, November 2018. (revised August 2020).
“Employment Effects of California’s 1988 Minimum Wage Hike.” In progress.


Sherwin Rosen.” The Palgrave Companion to Chicago Economics, Robert A. Cord, Editor. Forthcoming, 2021.
Labor Economics: Principles and Practice, 2/e. Oxford University Press, 2019. (1/e, 2016 )
“Internal Labor Markets in Japan: A Review.” Journal of Economic Literature, September 2002.
“Inter-Industry Mobility and the Cyclical Upgrading of Labor.” (with Mark Bils) Journal of Labor Economics, January 2001.
“Why Wages Don’t Fall in a Recession: A Review.” Industrial and Labor Relations Review, January 2001.
“Are Nominal Wage Changes Skewed Away from Wage Cuts?” Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review, May/June 1999.
“Intertemporal Substitution and Lambda-Constant Comparative Statics.” Journal of Monetary Economics. February 1995.
“Rigid Wages?” Journal of Monetary Economics, December 1994.
“Rent Sharing in an Equilibrium Model of Matching and Turnover” Journal of Labor Economics, October 1994.
“A Theory of Quits and Layoffs with Efficient Turnover.” Journal of Political Economy, January 1991.
“General Productivity Growth in a Theory of Quits and Layoffs.” Journal of Labor Economics, January 1990.
“Aspects of Tournament Models: A Survey.” Research in Labor Economics, 1988.