Seth Zimmerman studies labor economics and public finance, with a focus on the economics of education. His research, which relies on partnerships with local, state, and national governments, employs field-experimental and observational methods to evaluate public policy and understand economic behavior. Topics of particular interest include the market and policy determinants of educational attainment and the returns to education, as well as the role of firm- and school-specific social networks in job finding and career success over the long run.
His work has appeared in publications such as the Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Public Economics, and American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, and also has been featured in national and international news outlets, including the New York Times and the Washington Post.
Previously, Zimmerman worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the Industrial Relations Section at Princeton University, a consulting researcher at Microsoft Research, and a research associate at the Urban Institute. He holds a PhD, MPhil, and MA in economics from Yale University and received his BA, summa cum laude, in mathematics and social science (high honors) from Dartmouth College.