Anna Stansbury


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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 2024 early career award

April 4, 2024

Stansbury wins dissertation award

Stansbury wins 2022 Outstanding Teacher Award


"Incentives to Comply with the Minimum Wage in the US and UK."

Stansbury, Anna, Working Paper. March 2024.

"A Growth Policy to Close Britain's Regional Divides: What Needs to be Done."

Weinberg, Nyasha, Dan Turner, Anna Stansbury, Esme Elsden, and Ed Balls, Working Paper. February 2024.

"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.

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Sharper teeth, stronger bite needed for US minimum wage laws

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Companies aren’t complying with minimum wage requirements — why do they take the risk?

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