Simon Jäger

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Roundtable Knowledge Transfer – Science and Politics

Simon Jäger is an Associate Professor of Economics at MIT and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He served as CEO of the Institute of Labour Economics (IZA) from 2022 to 2023. Simon’s research focuses on labor markets and studies the origins and consequences of inequality. He works on topics such as competition in the labor market, unions and other forms of worker representation, unemployment, and the role of psychological factors in the labor market. He studied economics at the University of Bonn and UC Berkeley and received his doctorate from Harvard University, where he won the David Wells Prize for the best dissertation in economics. He is a research affiliate with several leading research institutions, including the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London, briq – Institute on Behavior & Inequality, as well as the National Bureau for Economic Research.