Golan installed as inaugural Laurence H. Meyer Professor

Professor Limor Golan receives a medallion from Provost Beverly Wendland during her installation ceremony in March.
(Photo: Maureen Kleekamp/Washington University)

Limor Golan, an expert in labor economics in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, was installed as the inaugural Laurence H. Meyer Professor at a ceremony in Holmes Lounge in March.

“Professor Golan’s research on issues like discrimination and gender gaps in the labor market and sources of intergenerational mobility are central to understanding how to address rising inequality in the United States,” said Feng Sheng Hu, dean of Arts & Sciences and the Lucille P. Markey Distinguished Professor.

“It is fitting that Professor Golan should be the inaugural holder of a professorship named for Larry Meyer, whose expertise has been sought by multiple administrations, from President Ronald Reagan through President Barack Obama, and who has testified before Congress on macroeconomic policy issues,” Chancellor Andrew D. Martin said.

“Professor Golan’s research is informative for policies aimed at enabling individuals to escape poverty traps and at allowing for lower-middle-class children to have a chance at the American dream.”

Golan is a labor economist whose work over the past decade has focused on developing theoretical and empirical models of wage determination as well as studying inequity, rent distribution and efficiency issues in labor markets.

Most recently, Golan’s research has focused on household decisions and their implications for intergenerational persistence in income and wealth inequality. She joined the faculty of the Department of Economics in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in 2012 and teaches labor economics and applied econometrics at the undergraduate and doctoral levels.

Her research has been published in leading academic journals such as Econometrica, The Review of Economic Studies and the Journal of Labor Economics. Golan also serves as a co-editor of the journal Quantitative Economics.

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