Anna Stansbury

I'm an economist with interests in labor and macro economics. My work is particularly focused on issues to do with power and institutions in the labor market (like monopsony, unions, and the minimum wage). I've previously worked on the divergence between productivity and pay, and central bank independence.

I am an Assistant Professor in Work and Organization Studies at MIT Sloan and on the core faculty of MIT's Institute for Work and Employment Research. I am also a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. I have a PhD in Economics from Harvard, a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, and a BA in Economics from Cambridge.

*New!*: Economics has a socioeconomic diversity problem (working paper // Twitter thread summary // HBR article // NPR Marketplace episode))

connect: email: // twitter: @annastansbury // linkedin: Anna Stansbury
cv: here

Research - highlights

Employer Concentration and Outside Options
(with Gregor Schubert and Bledi Taska)
Job Market Paper

Graph of decline in labor share and decline in labor rents as share of value added

The Declining Worker Power Hypothesis
(with Lawrence H. Summers)
Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Spring 2020

Under the Wage Floor
(with Lindsay Judge)
Resolution Foundation Briefing Note, 2020

Productivity and Pay: Is the Link Broken?
(with Lawrence H. Summers)
in Facing Up to Low Productivity Growth, PIIE, 2019

Productivity and Pay in the US and Canada
(with Jacob Greenspon and Lawrence H. Summers)
International Productivity Monitor, Fall 2021

Central Bank Independence Revisited
(with Ed Balls and James Howat)
HKS M-RCBG Working Paper no. 67

Socioeconomic Diversity of US Economics PhDs
(with Robert Schultz)
PIIE Working Paper, 2022