Robert G. Valletta
Research Fellow

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Valletta Rob Valletta is a Research Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, where he began working in 1995. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of California, Irvine. In addition, he spent a year (2000-2001) as a consultant at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France. He holds an A.B. degree (1982) from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D (1987) from Harvard University, both in economics.

Dr. Valletta’s research is in the areas of labor economics and applied econometrics. His core research agenda has focused on topics such as job mobility and job security, unemployment, income inequality and poverty (including cross-national comparisons), and the effects of employer-provided health insurance on labor market outcomes. His published work has appeared in general interest journals such as The Review of Economics and Statistics, leading U.S. journals in labor economics (e.g., Journal of Labor Economics, Industrial and Labor Relations Review), and in European journals including Economica and the Review of Income and Wealth.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in February 2007.
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IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
10194  Robert G. Valletta
Recent Flattening in the Higher Education Wage Premium: Polarization, Skill Downgrading, or Both?
9738  Robert G. Valletta
Leila Bengali
Catherine van der List
Cyclical and Market Determinants of Involuntary Part-Time Employment
8784  Henry S Farber
Jesse Rothstein
Robert G. Valletta
The Effect of Extended Unemployment Insurance Benefits: Evidence from the 2012-2013 Phase-Out
(published in: American Economic Review, 2015, 105 (5), 171 - 176)
8247  Robert G. Valletta
Recent Extensions of U.S. Unemployment Benefits: Search Responses in Alternative Labor Market States
(published in: IZA Journal of Labor Policy, 2014, 3 )
8022  Jesse Rothstein
Robert G. Valletta
Scraping By: Income and Program Participation After the Loss of Extended Unemployment Benefits
7347  Henry S Farber
Robert G. Valletta
Do Extended Unemployment Benefits Lengthen Unemployment Spells? Evidence from Recent Cycles in the U.S. Labor Market
(revised version published in: Journal of Human Resources, 2015, 50(4), 873-909)
7002  Robert G. Valletta
House Lock and Structural Unemployment
(published in: Labour Economics, 2013, 25, 86–97)
6946  Jacob S. Hacker
Gregory Alain Huber
Austin Nichols
Philipp Rehm
Mark Schlesinger
Robert G. Valletta
Stuart Craig
The Economic Security Index: A New Measure for Research and Policy Analysis
(published in: Review of Income and Wealth, 2014, 60 (S1))
6402  Robert G. Valletta
K. Jody Hoff
Jane S. Lopus
Lost in Translation? Teacher Training and Outcomes in High School Economics Classes
(published in: Contemporary Economic Policy, 2014, 32(4))
5832  Mary C. Daly
Bart Hobijn
Robert G. Valletta
The Recent Evolution of the Natural Rate of Unemployment
(published as 'A Search and Matching Approach to Labor Markets: Did the Natural Rate of Unemployment Rise?' in: Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2012, 26 (3), 3-26 )
4152  Thomas C. Buchmueller
John DiNardo
Robert G. Valletta
The Effect of an Employer Health Insurance Mandate on Health Insurance Coverage and the Demand for Labor: Evidence from Hawaii
(published in: American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2011, 3 (4), 25-51)