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Anna Stansbury is the Class of 1948 Career Development Assistant Professor and an Assistant Professor of Work and Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and is in the core faculty of the MIT Institute for Work and Employment Research. She is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

Stansbury’s research focuses on topics in labor and macro economics, particularly on issues to do with inequality, power, and institutions in the labor market. In recent work, she has studied the extent of employer concentration in the US labor market, the macroeconomic effects of the decline of worker power in the US, and the incentives for minimum wage non-compliance in the US and the UK.

Stansbury holds a BA in economics from Cambridge University, a Master's in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and an MA and PhD in economics from Harvard University.

More information about her research can be found on her personal website at


Stansbury wins dissertation award

Stansbury wins 2022 Outstanding Teacher Award


"Tackling the UK’s Regional Economic Inequality: Binding Constraints and Avenues for Policy Intervention."

Stansbury, Anna, Dan Turner, and Ed Balls. Contemporary Social Science. Forthcoming.

"How Do Firms Respond to Unions?"

Dodini, Samuel, Anna Stansbury, and Alexander Willén, Working Paper. December 2023. IZA Discussion Paper No. 16697.

"The US Economic Profession's Socioeconomic Diversity Problem."

Stansbury, Anna. VoxEU, November 9, 2023.

"The Economics Profession's Socioeconomic Diversity Problem."

Stansbury, Anna, and Robert Schultz. Journal of Economic Perspectives Vol. 37, No. 4 (2023): 207-230.

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