Alan Benson

Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota

Alan Benson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Work & Organizations, in the Carlson School of Management of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He received his PhD at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Bachelor’s from Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

Professor Benson’s research is in empirical personnel and labor economics. Specifically, he analyzes “big data” for personnel management, using the analytical tools of microeconomics to make causal connections between firms’ practices and outcomes. His research uses data from a cloud-based service for managing salespeople to analyze compensation, job performance, training, organizational structure, and managerial decision-making. His research aims to bring the tools of microeconomics to predictive analytics, and bring personnel data collected over “the cloud” to microeconomics.

His previous research has more-broadly examined how firms compete in labor markets. His papers have analyzed how firms’ training practices adapt to local competition, how hospitals adapted their strategies for staffing registered nurses over the recession, how legislation mandating impasse arbitration affected collective bargaining, and how the co-location problem of dual career couples affects men’s and women’s careers.

His teaching includes compensation, negotiations, and business economics for MBAs, Masters of HR students, and doctoral students.

Past Appearances

In the Workplace: June 7, 2018

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Tiffany Ramirez (Marketing Research Manager, IQPC), Alan Benson (Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota), and Matt Charney (Executive Editor and Head of Content, Recruiting Daily) on the Thursday, June 7, 2018 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018


On Wharton Business Radio

Knowledge@Wharton: November 7, 2018 Episode Featured ImageKnowledge@Wharton: November 7, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Carlos Valdes-Dapena (Founder, Author, Corporate Collaboration Resources), Alan Benson (Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota), Bill Schneider (Professor of Public Policy, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University), Iwan Barankay (Associate Management Professor, The Wharton School), Eric Orts (Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management; Director, Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, Wharton), and Paul Eisenstein (Publisher and Editor) on the Wednesday, November 7, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.

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