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Dan Black

Pronouns: He/Him

Dan is an internationally recognized expert on labor and urban economics.

Dan is a senior fellow in NORC’s Economics, Justice & Society department and Professor and Deputy Dean at the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago. He served previously as the Project Director of the NLSY program as well as Principal Investigator for the 1998 Cohort of the NLSY at NORC. His research focuses on labor economics, economics demography, urban economics, and applied econometrics. He is a fellow of the Society of Labor Economists.

Dan is on the editorial board of Journal of Labor Economics, Labour Economics, and a co-editor of Journal of Urban Economics. His papers have appeared in the top journals in economics, statistics, and demography. He has served on panels for the Census Bureau, the U.S. Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, and the National Academy of Science, and has served as a consultant for the New Zealand and Australian governments. Before joining the Harris School, he was on faculty at the University of Kentucky and Syracuse University, and held visiting appointments at the University of Chicago, Australian National University, and Carnegie Mellon University.

Dan’s research has received funding from the U.S. Department of Labor, National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, the US Department of Justice, the Small Business Administration, Appalachian Regional Commission, Census Bureau, the Milgrom Foundation, the Spencer Foundation and several private companies.



Purdue University


Purdue University


University of Kansas


University of Kansas

Appointments & Affiliations

Senior Fellow

NORC at the University of Chicago


Harris School, University of Chicago


American Economic Association; American Statistical Association; Econometric Society; Society of Labor Economists

Honors & Awards

Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists | 2019

Society of Labor Economists

Harris Outstanding Faculty of the Year | 2016

Harris School, University of Chicago

John S. Day Distinguished Alumni Academic Service Award | 2013

Krannert School, Purdue University

Trustee Chair | 2004 - 2007

Syracuse University

Outstanding Teacher Award | 1999

Economics Department, University of Kentucky

Phi Beta Kappa | 1976

University of Kansas

Project Contributions

National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979

One of the nation’s preeminent surveys of labor force participation from teen years to retirement


U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics