Jennifer Hunt has been at Rutgers since 2011 after previous positions at McGill University (2004-2011), the Université de Montréal (2001-2004) and Yale (1992-2001). From 2013-2015 she was first Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Labor, then Deputy Assistant Secretary for Microeconomic Analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard in 1992 and her Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987.
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She is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London, and is on the Scientific Advisory Council of the Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung in Nuremburg.
Her current research focuses on immigration and wage inequality, while past research has also encompassed unemployment, the science and engineering workforce, the transition from communism, crime and corruption.