David Neumark

Distinguished Professor of Economics, University of California, Irvine; Director, Economic Self-Sufficiency Policy Research Institute

David Neumark is Distinguished Professor of Economics and Director of the Economic Self-Sufficiency Policy Research Institute (ESSPRI) at UCI. He has previously held positions at the Federal Reserve Board, the University of Pennsylvania, Michigan State University, and the Public Policy Institute of California, and is currently a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and a senior research fellow at the Workers Compensation Research Institute.

Neumark has made significant research contributions in numerous areas of labor economics that intersect with important public policy issues. These areas include labor market discrimination, the economics of the minimum wage, and the economics of aging and age discrimination, among others.

Neumark’s current research agenda, as part of his activities as Director of ESSPRI, concern the long-run effects of alternative anti-poverty policies on earnings, income, poverty, and public assistance receipt (broadly defined, “economic self-sufficiency”). A good deal of this work focuses on the effectiveness of policies directed at disadvantaged neighborhoods, such as enterprise zones and other types of tax credit programs.