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Justin Barnette

Assistant Professor
I finished my PhD in 2011 from the University of Minnesota. The focus of my teaching is macroeconomics where my current research focuses on understanding the cause and effect of inequality in the macroeconomy. 
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Working Papers:

Income Inequality from Labor Mismatch
 
I develop a dynamic coordination friction model of the labor market to understand the effects of mismatch after a recession.  An unexpected increase in the rate at which firms shut down leads to a redistribution of income.  Workers receive lower wages and firms experience higher profits from increased levels of productivity. I provide evidence of this transfer of income using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Changes in real hourly compensation coupled with changes in real output per hour over time demonstrate patterns that I see in the model.
 
Local Unemployment Growth and the Delivery of Trade Adjustment Assistance Services with Jooyoun Park
 
This paper investigates how service delivery of employment-related federal programs changes as local unemployment increases and the impact of such changes on labor market outcomes for participants of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program. We find that the demand for TAA services increases substantially during high unemployment growth periods. An increase in the number of locally unemployed workers of at least 5% raises training enrollment through the TAA program by over 16 percentage points and increases participation duration by over 9 weeks. Our results do not support the concern that a sudden rise in the number of participants and the demand for services might deteriorate the quality of service delivery. In fact, while increases in local unemployment are generally harmful to displaced workers, occupational training during this time is effective at reducing the size of wage loss by more than half.
 
Wage Scars from Job Loss with Amanda Michaud
 
Using a panel survey of workers from the PSID, we estimate the decrease in wages due to involuntary job loss.  We find that this decrease leaves a lasting scar of over 20 years, costing average displaced workers 11.6% of their predicted hourly wages every year after reemployment.  These losses vary: laid off workers lose 14.4% and workers displaced from company closings lose 5.7%.  This is useful in understanding the cause for these scars and the lasting effects of the latest US recession.

Research Areas
  • Macroeconomics
  • Labor Economics
Justin Barnette
OFFICE
Department of Economics
CONTACT INFO
Phone: 330-672-1096
jbarne25@kent.edu
COURSES TEACHING
Fall 2014
  • ECON 22061 - 001 Principles Of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 32041 - 001 Inter Macro Theo And Econ Pol
Spring 2015
  • ECON 32041 - 001 Inter Macro Theo And Econ Pol
  • ECON 62051 - 001 Macroeconomic Theory I
  • BAD 72051 - 001 Macroeconomic Theory I
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