Julia Schwenkenberg

Julia Schwenkenberg


julia.schwenkenberg [at] rutgers.edu



Office Location

Conklin 211


Julia Schwenkenberg is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Rutgers University–Newark. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from New York University and a Diplom in Volkswirtschaft from the University of Hamburg. Dr. Schwenkenberg has worked as an economist at the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin and as a short-term consultant for The World Bank. She is a labor economist with research interests in human capital formation and the causes and consequences of economic inequality. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and she regularly presents at the American Economic Association Meetings, as well as the conferences of the Society of Labor Economists and the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.

Courses Taught

21:220:330 Economics of Inequality
Course focuses on income distribution in the United States with a particular focus on the increase in inequality that has occurred since the 1970s. We begin by discussing philosophical ideas of fairness, why inequality matters and feeds back into economic outcomes.  Students learn how to measure and define economic inequality. Finally, we cover the diverse causes and consequences of economic inequality and policies to address it.

21:220:304 / 220:529:01  Economics of Labor
Course covers labor theories and applications, including labor supply, labor demand, education and the determinants of wages and income distribution. The future of work and robots. Discussion of labor market policies such as minimum wages, universal basic income, health insurance mandates, and employment subsidies.   

21:220:339 Economic Development
Introduction to macro- and microeconomic development issues and theories. The course begins with an overview of macroeconomic data on GDP, inequality and poverty around the world. Study of economic growth theories and determinants of income differences between countries. Course then shifts focus to microeconomic issues. How do the poor actually live and what determines their behavior? What can be done to lift people out of poverty?

21:220:407 Labor Seminar
The seminar provides an in-depth study of current topics in labor economics. Students complete written labor market policy analysis, in-class presentations, and a final paper.

26:220:506 Statistical Analysis
This course, part of the core MA sequence, gives students a solid understanding of statistics to prepare them for econometrics and graduate level empirical work.


Ph.D. in Economics, New York University, 2009

Diplom in Economics, University of Hamburg, 2001 


Review of Lindsey, Brink; Teles, Steven M., The Captured Economy: How the Powerful Enrich Themselves, Slow Down Growth, and Increase Inequality. H-Socialisms, H-Net Reviews. March, 2019. 

Review of Reeves, Richard, Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do about It. H-Socialisms, H-Net Reviews. November, 2017.

“Selection into Occupations and the Intergenerational Mobility of Daughters and Sons“, in Solomon W. Polachek, Konstantinos Tatsiramos, Klaus F. Zimmermann (ed.) Gender in the Labor Market (Research in Labor Economics, Volume 42) Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.261 - 306, 2015

"Occupations and the Evolution of Gender Differences in Intergenerational Socioeconomic Mobility", Economics Letters, Volume 124, Issue 3, September 2014, Pages 348–352,

(with James VanderHoff): “Why do Charter Schools Fail? - An Analysis of Charter School Survival in New Jersey”, Contemporary Economic Policy, May 2014

(with Douglas Coate) “Survival Function Estimates for Senior Tour Golfers”, Journal of Sports Economics, Vol. 14 No. 6 pages 656-663, December 2013 

"Income Distribution and the Occupational Choices of Entrepreneurs," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 14(1), pages 55-80, November 2013

(with William Easterly and Ariell Reshef) "The Power of Exports", Policy Research Working Paper 5081, The World Bank, 10/2009

(with Camille Logeay, Sabine Stephan, Christian Proano-Acosta and
Serhiy Yahnych) “Modeling European Business Cycles (EBC Model): A Macroeconometric Model of France”, DIW Berlin, Data Documentation 2, Berlin, Germany, 2005

Associated Programs

Acting Director of the Division of Global Affairs (DGA

Faculty mentor at the Rutgers–Newark Honors Living-Learning Community (HLLC)