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Anna Stansbury is 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


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"Do US Firms Have an Incentive to Comply with the FLSA and the NLRA?"

Stansbury, Anna, MIT Sloan Working Paper 6462-21. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, June 2021.

"Employer Concentration and Outside Options."

Schubert, Gregor, Anna Stansbury, and Bledi Taska, MIT Sloan Working Paper 6465-21. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, January 2021.

"The Declining Worker Power Hypothesis: An Explanation for the Recent Evolution of the American Economy."

Anna Stansbury and Lawrence H. Summers. In Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Washington, D.C.: April 2020.

"Under the Wage Floor: Exploring firms’ incentives to comply with the minimum wage."

Lindsay Judge and Anna Stansbury. Resolution Foundation, January 2020. Download Note.

"Chapter 8: Productivity and Pay: Is the Link Broken."

Stansbury, Anna, and Lawrence H. Summers. In Facing Up to Low Productivity Growth, edited by Adam S. Posen and Jeromin Zettelmeyer, Washington, D.C.: Peterson Institute for International Economics, 2019. SSRN Preprint.

"Central Bank Independence Revisited: After the financial crisis, what should a model central bank look like?"

Balls, Ed, James Howat, and Anna Stansbury, MIT Sloan Working Paper 6430-18. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, April 2018. Download Paper.

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