Abigail Wozniak

Abigail Wozniak

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Associate Professor of Economics

Office: 441 Flanner Hall
Phone: 574-631-6208
Email: awozniak@nd.edu

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Areas of Expertise

  • Labor economics
  • Labor migration
  • Higher Education
  • Black-White Differences
  • Economic History

Wozniak researches the relationship between migration and economic opportunity, with particular attention to the role of higher education in migration. Recent projects have examined changes in migration rates over the business cycle and the impact of college on subsequent migration. Wozniak also has studied the effects of industry product market changes on compensation for workers of different skill levels. She has published in The Journal of Labor Economics, The Journal of Human Resources, and The Journal of Economic Perspectives and Her work has also been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Businessweek and other press outlets. She is a former associate economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, Germany.


Overall fluidity of US labor market has been declining for over three decades, research finds

Notre Dame economist appointed to Council of Economic Advisers

Study: When highly skilled immigrants move in, highly skilled natives move out

Research shows workers who begin careers during recession suffer long-term, negative effects on earnings\


The Wall Street Journal — What’s Clogging the U.S.’s Labor Market Fluidity?

Bloomberg — Americans’ Distrust May Be Hurting Job Market, Fed Paper Says

The Daily Beast—Are We Addicted to Drug Testing?

TIME—Study: Drug Testing Boosts African-American Employment

The Washington Post—The disturbing decline in Americans’ geographic mobility

Huffington Post—U.S. Companies Often Assume Black Job Applicants Do Drugs

Bloomberg—How to Fight Racism With a Drug Test

Bloomberg—Marrying Your Equal Boosts Inequality

International Business Times—Why Are Americans Moving Less? Will It Hurt The US Job Market And The US Economy?

Wall Street Journal—Americans Get Moving Amid Torpid Recovery

Wall Street Journal—What Workers Lose By Staying Put

New York Times—Reader Feedback: Why American Migration Might Be Falling

Huffington Post—Dear Class of 2011: Good Luck… You’re Really Going to Need It!

National Review Online—The Secular Decrease in Residential Mobility in the US

USA Today—Americans aren’t moving as much

Washington Post—Why Americans stopped relocating, in one graph

Yahoo! News—Stay put, young man: fewer Americans are moving to new places than any time since the Great Depression

Freakonomics—Mobility in the U.S. is Down. What’s More of a Factor: the Housing Slump, or Air-Conditioning?

ABC News—Rising cost of relocation hampers job market

USA Today—Rising cost of relocation hampers job market

Cincinnati Enquirer—Relocation costs perk of the past

Indianapolis Star—Relocation costs job perk of the past

Bloomberg—Stalking the Cause of Unemployment

Wall Street Journal—Scarred in Candyland

WLS-AM—Beginning career in sour economy may have lasting effects

Inside Indiana Business—Research Shows Impact of Recession on Career Earnings