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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

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 Administrative Science Quarterly, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, ILR Review, Journal of Labor Economics, PNAS, 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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"Economic Outcomes of Strikers in an Era of Weak Unions."

​Massenkoff, Maxim and Nathan Wilmers. Journal of Labor Economics. Forthcoming.

"How Do Employer Practices Affect Economic Mobility."

Kelly, Erin L., Hazhir Rahmandad, Nathan Wilmers, and Aishwara Yadama. ILR Review Vol. 76, No. 5 (2023): 792-832.

"Rubbing Shoulders: Class Segregation in Daily Activities."

Massenkoff, Maxim and Nathan Wilmers, MIT Sloan Working Paper 6953-23. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, August 2023.

"Wage Stagnation and the Decline of Standardized Pay Rates, 1974-1991."

​Massenkoff, Maxim and Nathan Wilmers. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics Vol. 15, No. 1 (2023): 474-507. Download Preprint.

"Firms and the Intergenerational Transmission of Labor Market Advantage."

Engzell, Per and Nathan Wilmers, MIT Sloan Working Paper 6945-21. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, November 2022.

"Rapid Wage Growth at the Bottom Has Offset Rising US Inequality."

Aeppli, Clem and Nathan Wilmers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Vol. 119, No. 42 (2022): e220430511.

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