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Brendan M. Price


  • Ph.D., Economics, MIT, 2017
  • B.A., Economics–Political Science, Columbia University, 2009


Brendan Price is an assistant professor of economics at UC Davis, where he specializes in labor economics with additional expertise in public finance. He is also a Research Affiliate of the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research.

Research Focus

Professor Price studies contemporary labor markets, with a particular interest in changes in labor demand as well as institutions that protect workers from adverse demand shocks. His published work has analyzed the effects of information technology and Chinese import competition on the U.S. labor market. In ongoing research, he is using a major reform of the German social safety net to study how workers respond to changes in the generosity of long-term unemployment benefits. Other work seeks to understand the causes and consequences of labor market seasonality.

Selected Publications


Professor Price teaches PhD labor economics (ECN 250A), with an emphasis on labor demand, as well as intermediate microeconomics (ECN 100B).


W.E. Upjohn Institute 2017 Dissertation Award (co-winner)

Columbia University 2009 Sanford S. Parker Prize (co-winner)