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Nathan Wilmers is the Sarofim Family Career Development Professor and an Assistant 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 www.nathanwilmers.com. 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 dissertation award

Wilmers wins 2020 best paper award

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

Kreisberg, Nicole, and Nathan Wilmers. Industrial and Labor Relations Review. Forthcoming.

"How Hiring Affects Stratification."

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

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

​Wilmers, Nathan, and Clem Aeppli. American Sociological Review. Forthcoming. Download Preprint.

"Job Turf or Variety: Task Structure as a Source of Organizational Inequality."

Wilmers, Nathan. Administrative Science Quarterly Vol. 65, No. 4 (2020): 1018-1057.

"Book Review."

Wilmers, Nathan. Review of LERA Work and Occupations, by J. Fine, L. Burnham, K. Griffith, M. Ji, V. Narro, and S. Pitts. LERA Work and Occupations, November 2020.

"Solidarity Within and Across Workplaces: How Cross-Workplace Coordination Affects Earnings Inequality."

Wilmers, Nathan. RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences Vol. 5, No. 4 (2019): 190-215.

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