Ian M. Schmutte

I am a Principal Economist with Amazon and Professor of Economics in the John Munro Godfrey Sr. Department of Economics in the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. a Fellow of the Global Labor Organization, and a Research Fellow with the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA). Between 2017 and 2023 I also worked as a research economist with the Center for Enterprise Dissemination - Disclosure Avoidance at the U.S. Census Bureau. My academic research focuses on how regulations and social institutions affect earnings and job mobility. I have studied job referral networks, compensating differentials, racial discrimination, the gender wage gap, and the effects of minimum wages on turnover. I also study data privacy, focusing on the trade-off between privacy and accuracy in the publication of official statistics.

I am currently on leave from UGA