Bradley Setzler

Bradley Setzler

Assistant Professor of Economics

Penn State & NBER


  • The Strumpf Early Career Assistant Professor of Economics, Penn State.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, MIT (Spring 2025).
  • Faculty Research Fellow in Labor Studies, NBER.

Links: Research | CV |


  • Primary: Labor Economics
  • Secondary: Industrial Organization, International Trade

Topics of Interest:

  1. Employer market power over workers (see 2, 3, 4, 5, 7).
  2. How trade affects workers (see 2, 6, 8).
  3. How workers recover from job loss (see 1, 6, 8).


How Much Should we Trust Estimates of Firm Effects and Worker Sorting?

Journal of Labor Economics, 2023. (Lead article.)

Disability Benefits, Consumption Insurance, and Household Labor Supply

American Economic Review, 2019.

Working Papers

Places versus People: The Ins and Outs of Labor Market Adjustment to Globalization

In preparation for Handbook of Labor Economics.
My presentations: Carnegie Mellon, Oslo Labor Workshop.

Imperfect Competition and Rents in Labor and Product Markets: The Case of the Construction Industry

Revision requested (2nd round) by American Economic Review in June 2024.
My presentations: NBER SI-Labor, MIT, NBER IO, UBC, LSE, Stanford-SITE, Cornell, Maryland, Columbia Business School, U of Oslo, Federal Reserve Board, Carnegie Mellon/Pittsburgh, UChicago, BI Norwegian Business School, Penn State, CESifo, UToronto/Bank of Canada, Texas A&M

In Progress

Collusion in the U.S. Labor Market

Coming soon. Title subject to change.

The Children of the China Shock

Coming soon. Title subject to change.


Public Lectures


Software Packages

  • textab: construct and compile highly-customized LaTeX tables in R
  • DiD for Big Data: fast and big-data-friendly diff-in-diffs in R

Events I Organize

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