Jed DeVaro is the Wang Family Professor in the Department of Management and
Department of Economics at California State University, East Bay. He received his M.A.
and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University and his B.A. from Swarthmore College, all in
economics. From 1994 to 1996 he was an Assistant Economist in the research department at
the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Professor DeVaro's research interests are in
the area of personnel economics. Within this broad field, his areas of particular
interest include employer decisions regarding recruitment and screening of applicants,
the effects of team production on organizational performance, the role of promotions as
both assignment and incentive mechanisms in firms, worker compensation, and job design.
Professor DeVaro teaches both labor economics and personnel economics at both the
undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Promotions

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The Signaling Role of Promotions: Further Theory and Empirical Evidence (with Michael Waldman), Working Papers (2007)

[Excerpt] An extensive theoretical literature has developed that investigates the role of promotions as a...

 

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Job Characteristics and Labor Market Discrimination in Promotions: New Theory and Empirical Evidence (with Suman Ghosh and Cindy Zoghi), Working Papers (2007)

[Excerpt] We present new theory and the first empirical test of promotion discrimination models based...

 

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New Evidence on Gender Differences in Promotion Rates: An Empirical Analysis of a Sample of New Hires (with Francine D. Blau), Articles & Chapters (2007)

[Excerpt] Using a large sample of establishments drawn from the Multi-City Study of Urban Inequality...

 

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Promotions and Incentives in Nonprofit and For-Profit Organizations (with Dana Brookshire), Articles & Chapters (2007)

[Excerpt] Using data from the 1992–95 Multi-City Study of Urban Inequality, an employer survey, the...

 

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Internal Promotion Competitions in Firms, Articles & Chapters (2006)

[Excerpt] Using a sample of skilled workers from a cross section of establishments in four...

 

Recruitment and Hiring

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The Labor Market Effects of Employer Recruitment Choice, Working Papers (2007)

[Excerpt] I analyze employer recruitment decisions using a dynamic, discrete-choice structural model that I estimate...

 

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Employer Recruitment Strategies and the Labor Market Outcomes of New Hires, Articles & Chapters (2005)

[Excerpt] The results in this paper suggest, among other things, a strong association between recruitment...

 

Team Production

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The Effect of Self-Managed and Closely-Managed Teams on Labor Productivity and Product Quality: An Empirical Analysis of a Cross Section of Establishments, Working Papers (2007)

[Excerpt] I estimate the effect of team production on labor productivity and product quality using...

 

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Teams, Autonomy, and the Financial Performance of Firms, Articles & Chapters (2006)

[Excerpt] I estimate a structural model of teams, autonomy, and financial performance, using a cross...

 

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What Types of Organizations Benefit from Team Production, and How Do They Benefit? (with Fidan Ana Kurtulus), Articles & Chapters (2006)

[Excerpt] Using data from a large cross section of British establishments, we ask how different...

 

Incentive Compensation

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An Empirical Analysis of Risk, Incentives, and the Delegation of Worker Authority (with Fidan Ana Kurtulus), Working Papers (2007)

[Excerpt] The notion of a negative relationship between risk and incentives is a central prediction...

 

Economics of Gender and Race

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Job Characteristics and Labor Market Discrimination in Promotions: New Theory and Empirical Evidence (with Suman Ghosh and Cindy Zoghi), Working Papers (2007)

[Excerpt] We present new theory and the first empirical test of promotion discrimination models based...

 

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New Evidence on Gender Differences in Promotion Rates: An Empirical Analysis of a Sample of New Hires (with Francine D. Blau), Articles & Chapters (2007)

[Excerpt] Using a large sample of establishments drawn from the Multi-City Study of Urban Inequality...

 

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Gender Bias in Power Relationships: Evidence from Police Traffic Stops (with Garrick Blalock, Stephanie Leventhal, and Daniel H. Simon), Working Papers (2007)

[Excerpt] We test for the existence of gender bias in power relationships. Specifically, we examine...

 

Job Design, Customer Satisfaction

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Analyzing the Job Characteristics Model: New Support From a Cross Section of Establishments, International Journal of Human Resource Management (2007)

We evaluate the empirical relevance of the Job Characteristics Model of Hackman and Oldham in...

 

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Do the Best Companies to Work for Provide Better Customer Satisfaction? (with Daniel H. Simon), Articles & Chapters (2006)

[Excerpt] Using data from both the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) and Fortune Magazine’s lists...

 

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Employer Strategies for Recruitment and Screening: High-Performance Systems or Diminishing Returns? (with Gary S. Fields), Working Papers (2008)

We study the effects of recruitment and screening methods on worker performance. If high-performance recruitment...