Peter Kuhn Director

Peter Kuhn

Economics
University of California, Santa Barbara
Broom Center Affiliation(s): 

Founding Director
Area Director, Work Theme

Peter Kuhn is a labor economist whose research includes work on wage and employment discrimination, immigration, displaced workers, and comparative labor markets, among other areas. Kuhn’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Ford Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the University of California’s Pacific Rim Research Program, among others. Kuhn’s current research is based on large samples of job ads and resumes that are downloaded from job boards in a number of countries, including China. Topics examined using this data include the determinants and effects of explicit, advertised gender discrimination, and the determinants of employer’s demands for ‘soft’ skills. Currently, Kuhn is also serving as the founding Director of the Broom Center.

Grants, Awards and Distinctions:

National Natural Science Foundation of China. 2013-2015. "Impacts of Hukou, Education and Wage on Job Search and Match: Evidence Based on Online Job Board Microdata," (co-investigator with Kailing Shen, PI, grant No. 71203188. RMB 190,000 (USD $31,000).

UCSB Faculty Senate Research Grant. 2015-2016. “Is Explicit Gender Discrimination in China ‘Hard’ or ‘Soft’?” $3,500.

UCSB College of Letters and Science Council of Deans conference support award for Ninth Annual meeting of the Trans-Pacific Labor Seminar (TPLS). 2015-2016. $2,500.

UCSB Department of Economics, support for Ninth Annual meeting of the TPLS2015-2016. $10,000.

Contributor to Broom Center Theme(s): 
Contributor to Broom Center Theme(s): 
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Broom Center Publications
Kuhn, Michael A., Peter Kuhn and Marie Claire Villeval. 2017. 
"Decision-Environment Effects on Intertemporal Financial Choices: How Relevant are Resource-Depletion Models?"
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 137 (May 2017): 72–89.
Peter Kuhn and Kailing Shen. 2015.
"Do Employers Prefer Migrant Workers? Evidence from China’s Hukou System"
IZA Journal of Labor Economics. 2015, 4:22 DOI: 10.1186/s40172-015-0038-0
Kuhn, Peter and Marie Claire Villeval. 2015.
"Are Women More Attracted to Cooperation than Men? "
Economic Journal 125 (582) (February 2015) Doi: 10.1111/ecoj.12122.
Peter Kuhn and Kelly Bedard. 2015.
"Micro-Marketing Healthier Choices: Effects of Personalized Ordering Suggestions on Restaurant Purchases."
Journal of Health Economics, Volume 39, January 2015, Pages 106–122 doi:10.1016/j.jhealeco.2014.10.006.
Kelly Bedard (with Peter Kuhn). 2015.
"Making Nutritional Information Digestible: Effects of a Receipt-Based Intervention on Fast Food Purchases."
Journal of Health Economics, 2015 39: 106-122.
Kuhn, Peter. 2014.
"The Internet as a Labor Market Matchmaker: How Effective Are the New Electronic Methods of Worker Recruitment and Job Search?"
IZA World of Labor.
Kuhn, Peter and Hani Mansour. 2014.
"Is Internet Job Search Still Ineffective?"
Economic Journal.
Kuhn, Peter and Kaling Shen.
"Gender Discrimination in Job Ads: Evidence from China"
Quarterly Journal of Economics 128(1) (February 2013).
Shen, Kailing, and Peter Kuhn. 2013. 
"Do Chinese Employers Avoid Hiring Overqualified Workers? Evidence from an Internet Job Board."
Research in Labor Economics 37(2013): 1-30.
Kuhn, Peter, Peter Kooreman, Adriaan Soetevent, and Arie Kapteyn
"The Effects of Lottery Prizes on Winners and Their Neighbors: Evidence from the Dutch Postcode Lottery"
American Economic Review 101 (5) (August 2011). pp 2226-2247
Charness, Gary, and Peter Kuhn.
"Lab Labor: What Can Labor Economists Learn in the Lab?"
Handbook of Labor Economics, Volume 4a, February, 2011, 229-330
Charness, Gary, Peter Kuhn and Marie Claire Villeval.
"Competition and the Ratchet Effect"
Journal of Labor Economics, 29, July, 2011, 513-547