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Departments/ProgramsThe Heller School for Social Policy and Management
DegreesThe London School of Economics, Ph.D.
The London School of Economics, M.Sc.
Wellesley College, A.B.
ExpertiseLabor Markets, Unemployment, Economics, Organizational Innovation
ProfileLisa M. Lynch, the Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy, is provost of Brandeis University. Previously, she served as interim president of Brandeis University from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. Lynch served as dean of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management from July 2008 to October 2014, when she was appointed provost. Lynch has served as chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor (1995-1997); director (2004-2009), chair (2007-2009) of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; chair of the Conference of Chairmen of the Federal Reserve System (2009); and president of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (2013-2014). In addition, she has served on the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (2008-2015) and the National Academies Committee on National Statistics (2009-2015). She is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a research fellow at IZA (Institute for Labor Economics, Germany). She has published extensively on the impact of technological change and organizational innovation (especially training) on productivity and wages, the determinants of youth unemployment, and the school-to-work transition, among other issues. She has been a faculty member at Tufts University, MIT, the Ohio State University, and the University of Bristol. Lynch earned her BA in economics and political science at Wellesley College, and her MS and PhD in economics at the London School of Economics.
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Awards and Honors
Fellow, Labor and Employment Relations Association 2013-present (2013)
National Academies of Science Policy Roundtable on the Behavioral and Social Sciences 2013-present (2013)
President, Labor and Employment Relations Association (2013 - 2014)
Member, Advisory Council of the Mongan Institute for Health Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital 2012-present (2012)
Director, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley 2011-present (2011 - 2017)
Honorary degree, Scientiae Doctoris, Regis College (2011)
Member, Steering Committee, Employment Policy Research Network, 2010-present (2010 - 2017)
Chair, Conference of Chairs, Federal Reserve Bank system (2009)
Member, National Academies Committee on National Statistics 2009-present (2009 - 2017)
Member, Council of Economic Advisors, Governor's Office, Commonwealth of Massachusetts 2008-present (2008 - 2015)
Member, Readiness Finance Committee, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (2008)
Chair, Board of Directors, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston 2007-2009 (2007 - 2009)
Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow, European University Institute, Florence Italy (2007)
Susan C. Eaton Scholar Practitioner Award, Labor Employment Relations Association (2007)
Member, Executive Committee, Labor and Employment Relations Association (2006 - 2009)
Director, Board of Directors, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (2004 - 2009)
Who's Who in Economics (2003)
Tufts University Outstanding Faculty Award (2000)
James Paddock Teaching Award, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (1998)
Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Labor (1995 - 1997)
William L. Clayton Chair of International Economic Affairs, Tufts University 1994-2008 (1994 - 2008)
I.R.I. Career Development Chair in Industrial Relations, M.I.T. (1989 - 1992)
MIT Graduate Student Council Teaching Award (1988)
Top Ten MIT Professors for Undergraduate Teaching (1988)
Ohio State University Pacesetter Award - Commendation for Research (1985)
Lynch, Lisa M.. Commentary: “Polanyi's Paradox and the Shape of Employment Growth”. Proc. of Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City symposium. Jackson Hole, WY: Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, 2015.
Lynch, Lisa M.. "Renewing Employment Relations for Shared Prosperity." Perspectives on Work.
Lynch, Lisa M.. "The Evolving Nature of High Performance Workplace Practices in the United States." Advances in the Economic Analysis of Participatory and Labor-Managed Firms. vol. 13, 2012. 211-239.
Lynch, Lisa M.. "Investments in Adult Lifelong Learning." Labor and Employment Law and Economics. Ed. Kenneth G. Dau-Schmidt, Seth D. Harris, and Orly Lobel. London: Edward Elgar, 2009
Lynch, Lisa M.. "Annual Report of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession." American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings May. (2008).
Lynch, Lisa M.. "Discussion of ‘The outlook for labor supply in the U. S.,’ by Jonathan Pingle." Labor Supply in the New Century. Boston: Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 2008
Haltiwanger, John, Lisa M. Lynch and Christopher Mackie (editors). Understanding Business Dynamics: An Integrated Data System for America's Future. Washington, D.C.: National Research Council, National Academy Press, 2007.
Lynch, Lisa M. "Reengineering Labor Market Institutions in the Context of an Aging Workforce." Labor History 48. 3 (2007): 360-365.
Lynch, Lisa M. "The Adoption and Diffusion of Organizational Innovation: Evidence for the U.S. Economy." NBER working paper 13156, June 2007.
Lynch, Lisa M.. "Annual Report of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession." American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings May. (2007).
Imbens, Guido and Lisa M. Lynch. "Re-employment Probabilities Over the Business Cycle." Portuguese Economic Journal 5. 2 (2006): 111-134.
Black, Sandra E. and Lynch, Lisa M. "Measuring Organizational Capital in the New Economy." Measuring Capital in the New Economy. Ed. Carol Corrado, John Haltiwanger and Dan Sichel. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005
Lynch, Lisa M.. "Job Loss: Bridging the research and policy discussion." Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Economic Perspectives 2Q. (2005): 30-38.
Lynch, Lisa M.. "Labor Market Intermediaries for the Training of Low Wage Workers." Emerging Labor Market Institutions for the 21st Century. Ed. Richard B. Freeman, Joni Hersch and Lawrence Mishel. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005
Black, Sandra E. and Lynch, Lisa M. "What's Driving the New Economy?: The Benefits of Workplace Innovation." The Economic Journal 114. February (2004): 97-116.
Black, Sandra E., Lynch, Lisa M. and Krivelyova, Anya. "How Workers Fare When Employers Innovate." Industrial Relations 43. 1 (January) (2004): 44-66.
Black, Sandra E. and Lynch, Lisa M. "The New Economy and the Organization of Work." The Handbook of the New Economy. Ed. Derek Jones. Academic Press, 2003
Lynch, Lisa M.. "Too Old to Learn? Lifelong Learning in the Context of an Aging Population." From Recurrent Education to the Learning Society: International Perspectives. Ed. David Istance, Hans Schuetze and Tom Schuller. Open University Press, 2003
Lynch, Lisa M.. "Bringing Economics into Policy Discussions: Reflections on the Office of the Chief Economist." Perspectives on Work 6. 2 (2002).
Black, Sandra E. and Lynch, Lisa M.. "How to Compete: The Impact of Workplace Practices and Information Technology on Productivity." The Review of Economics and Statistics (2001).
Lynch, Lisa M. and Stephen J. Nickell. "Rising Productivity and Falling Unemployment: Can the US Experience be Sustained and Replicated?." The Roaring Nineties. Ed. Alan Krueger and Robert Solow. New York, NY: Russell Sage, 2001
Donahue, John D., Lisa M. Lynch and Ralph Whitehead. Opportunity Knocks: Training the Commonwealth's Workers for the New Economy. Boston, MA: MASSINC, 2000.
Lynch, Lisa M.. "Payoffs to Investments in Children -- An Overview." Securing the Future: Investing in Children from Birth to College. Ed. Jane Waldfogel and Sheldon Danziger. New York, NY: Russell Sage, 2000
Lynch, Lisa M.. "The Transition from Initial Education to the Labour Market: Recent Experience in the United States." Preparing Youth for the 21st Century. Ed. OECD. Paris France: OECD, 1999
Lynch, Lisa M.. "What Can We Do? Remedies for reducing inequality." Growing Apart: The Causes and Consequences of Income Inequality. Ed. K. Parker and A. Fishlow. New York: Council on Foreign Relations, 1999
Lynch, Lisa M. and Sandra Black. "Beyond the Incidence of Training: Evidence from a National Employers' Survey." Industrial and Labor Relations Review October. (1998): 64-81.
Lynch, Lisa M.. "A Needs Analysis of Training Data: What do we want, what do we have, can we ever get it?." NBER Conference on Research in Income and Wealth: Labor Statistics Measurement Issues. Ed. J. Haltiwanger, M. Manser and R. Topel. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998
Lynch, Lisa M.. "Wage Inequality and Long Term Unemployment: Is Human Capital the Answer?." Swedish Economic Policy Review Spring. (1998).
Lynch, Lisa M.. The New Workplace: What Does it Mean for Employers?. Proc. of Industrial Relations Research Association Papers and Proceedings. 1998.
Lynch, Lisa M.. "Human Capital Investments and Productivity." American Economic Review (1996).
Lynch, Lisa M.. "Payoffs to Alternative Training Strategies at Work." Working Under Different Rules. Ed. R. Freeman. New York: Russell Sage, 1994
Lynch, Lisa M.. "Entry Level Jobs: First Rung on the Employment Ladder or Economic Dead End?." Journal of Labor Research (1993).
Lynch, Lisa M.. "The Economics of Youth Training in the United States." The Economic Journal (1993).
Lynch, Lisa M.. "The Economics of Youth Training in the United States." The Economic Journal (1993).
Lynch, Lisa M.. "Workplace Training and its Impact on Earnings, Labor Mobility, and Productivity: The U.S. Experience." VocationalTraining: International Perspectives. Ed. G. Laflamme. Geneva: International Labour Organisation, 1993
Lynch, Lisa M.. "Private Sector Training and its Impact on the Earnings of Young Workers." American Economic Review (1992).
Lynch, Lisa M.. "The Private Sector and Skill Formation in the United States: A Survey." Advances in the Study of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Growth. Ed. Gary Libecap. Greenwich: JAI Press, 1991
Lynch, Lisa M.. "The Role of Off-the-Job versus On-the-Job Training for the Job Mobility of Women Workers." American Economic Review (1991).
Lynch, Lisa M.. "Training and Flexible Compensation." Transforming U.S. Industrial Relations. Ed. G. De Santis. Milan: Franco Angeli publishers, 1991
Lynch, Lisa M.. "Using Human Resources in Skill Formation: The Role of Training." Transforming Organizations. Ed. T. Kochan and M. Useem. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991
Lynch, Lisa M.. Issues in the Use of Household Labor Statistics in Industrial Relations Research. Proc. of Industrial Relations Research Association Proceedings. 1990.
Lynch, Lisa M.. "Technological Innovation and Employment in Telecommunications." Industrial Relations (1989).
Lynch, Lisa M.. "The Youth Labor Market in the 80's: Determinants of Re-employment Probabilities for Young Men and Women." Review of Economics and Statistics (1989).
Lynch, Lisa M.. The Role of the Private Sector in Training. Proc. of Industrial Relations Research Association Proceedings. 1989.
Lynch, Lisa M.. Racial and Gender Differences in the Returns to Private Sector Training for Young Workers. Proc. of Industrial Relations Research Association Proceedings. 1988.
Lynch, Lisa M.. "Determinants of the Decertification Process: Evidence from Employer-Initiated Elections." Journal of Labor Research (1987).
Lynch, Lisa M.. "Individual Differences in the Youth Labor Market: A Cross Section Analysis." From School to Unemployment? The Labour Market for Young People. Ed. P. N. Junankar. London: Macmillan Press, 1987
Lynch, Lisa M.. "The Household Costs of Unemployment." Changing Labor Markets: A Longitudinal Study of Young Men. Ed. S. Hills. Boston: Lexington Books, 1986
Lynch, Lisa M.. "State Dependency in Youth Unemployment: A Lost Generation." Journal of Econometrics (1985).
Lynch, Lisa M.. "Job Search and Youth Unemployment." Oxford Economic Papers (1983).
Lynch, Lisa M. and Ray Richardson. "Unemployment of Young Workers in Britain." The British Journal of Industrial Relations (1982): 362-372.
Lynch, Lisa M.. "Strike Frequency in British Coal Mining: 1950-1974." The British Journal of Industrial Relations March. (1978): 95-98.