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Nathan Wilmers is the Sarofim Family Career Development Associate Professor and an Associate Professor of Work and Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is in the core faculty of the Institute for Work and Employment Research and affiliated with the Economic Sociology program. For the most up-to-date information on his research, please see his personal website at For the 2021/2022 academic year, Wilmers is on research leave and a visiting assistant professor at London Business School's Strategy and Entrepreneurship group.

Wilmers researches wage and earnings inequality, economic sociology, and the sociology of labor. In his empirical research, he studies how wage stagnation and rising earnings inequality result from weakening labor market institutions, changing market power, and job restructuring. More broadly, he is interested in bringing insights from economic sociology to the study of labor markets and the wage structure. His research has been published in the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, and Social Forces.

Wilmers holds a BA in philosophy from the University of Chicago and an MA and PhD in sociology from Harvard University.



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Wilmers wins 2020 best paper award


"How Internal Hiring Affects Occupational Stratification."

Wilmers, Nathan, and William Kimball. Social Forces. Forthcoming.

"Blacklist or Short List: Do Employers Discriminate Against Union Supporter Job Applicants?"

Kreisberg, Nicole and Nathan Wilmers. ILR Review Vol. 75, No. 4 (2022): 943–973.

"Employer Practices and Worker Outcomes: A Landscape Report."

Erin L. Kelly, Hazhir Rahmandad, Nathan Wilmers, and Aishwarya Yadama. Washington, DC: June 2022.

"Values and Inequality: Prosocial Jobs and the College Wage Premium."

Wilmers, Nathan, and Letian Zhang. American Sociological Review Vol. 87, No. 3 (2022): 415-442.

"​Consolidated Advantage: New Organizational Dynamics of Wage Inequality."

​Wilmers, Nathan, and Clem Aeppli. American Sociological Review Vol. 86, No. 6 (2021): 1100-1130. Download Preprint.

"Book Review."

Wilmers, Nathan. by Shaun Richman. Contemporary Sociology, November 2021.

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