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Justin Barnette

Assistant Professor
I finished my PhD in 2011 from the University of Minnesota. The focus of my teaching is macroeconomics where my current research focuses on understanding the cause and effect of inequality in the macroeconomy. 
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Working Papers:

Income Inequality from Labor Mismatch
I develop a dynamic coordination friction model of the labor market to understand the effects of mismatch after a recession.  An unexpected increase in the rate at which firms shut down leads to a redistribution of income.  Workers receive lower wages and firms experience higher profits from increased levels of productivity. I provide evidence of this transfer of income using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Changes in real hourly compensation coupled with changes in real output per hour over time demonstrate patterns that I see in the model.
Local Unemployment Growth and the Delivery of Trade Adjustment Assistance Services with Jooyoun Park
We analyze the performance of the Trade Adjustment Assistance program with changes to local unemployment using data from the Trade Act Participant Report. We find that service delivery is substantially altered and such altered service has large impacts on the program outcomes. For example, as little as a 5% growth in local unemployment raises training enrollment by 14.24 percentage points and participation duration by 8 weeks. While the wage replacement rate falls with increases to unemployment, enrolling in occupational skills training offset more than half of this adverse effect
Wage Scars from Job Loss with Amanda Michaud
Using a panel survey of workers from the PSID, we estimate the decrease in wages due to involuntary job loss.  We find that this decrease leaves a lasting scar of over 20 years, costing average displaced workers 11.6% of their predicted hourly wages every year after reemployment.  These losses vary: laid off workers lose 14.4% and workers displaced from company closings lose 5.7%.  This is useful in understanding the cause for these scars and the lasting effects of the latest US recession.

Research Areas
  • Macroeconomics
  • Labor Economics
Justin Barnette
Department of Economics
Phone: 330-672-1096
Spring 2014
  • ECON 32041 - 001 Inter Macro Theo And Econ Pol
  • ECON 62051 - 001 Macroeconomic Theory I
Fall 2014
  • ECON 22061 - 001 Principles Of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 32041 - 001 Inter Macro Theo And Econ Pol