The award was presented at the Society of Labor Economists’ annual meeting in Boston, Massachusetts on May 3, 2013. The Mincer award was established in 2004 and is now awarded once every two years.
Hamermesh was recognized for his many contributions to labor economics including his research and publications. As a leading scholar of labor demand, he published a series of important papers that culminated in his classic 1993 book, “Labor Demand.” He contributed to the study of time allocation and has almost single-handedly developed research on beauty and the labor market. His 2011 book, “Beauty Pays,” demonstrates how society favors the beautiful.
Hamermesh has written instructive papers on production of economic research, covering topics such as co-authorship, the life cycle of academic productivity and earnings, the selection of economists for honors, and even journal refereeing. These papers not only teach us about economists, but about economic science. He has written professional advice for economists, sharing papers about teaching, publishing, and working with the media, and a guide for young economists that is widely distributed to new colleagues at universities throughout the world.
Hamermesh is the Sue Killam Professor in the Foundation of Economics at The University of Texas at Austin and Professor of Economics, Royal Holloway University of London, and is a past president of the Society of Labor Economics.