Daniel S. Hamermesh is a Distinguished Scholar at Barnard College and Network Co-ordinator at the IZA. He is an emeritus professor of economics at Royal Holloway University of London and the University of Texas at Austin. His A.B. is from the University of Chicago (1965), his Ph.D. from Yale (1969). He taught from 1969-73 at Princeton, from 1973-93 at Michigan State, and at Texas from 1993-2014. He has held Visiting Professorships at universities in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, and lectured at over 275 universities in 48 states and 34 foreign countries. His research, published in over 100 refereed papers in scholarly journals, has concentrated on time use, labour demand, discrimination, academic labour markets and unusual applications of labour economics (to beauty, sleep and suicide).
Hamermesh is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and the Society of Labor Economists, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), and Past President of the Society of Labor Economists and of the Midwest Economics Association. In 2013 he received the biennial Mincer Award for Lifetime Contributions to Labor Economics of the Society of Labor Economists; the annual IZA Prize in Labor of the Institute for the Study of Labor; and the biennial John R. Commons Award of the international economics honor society OΔE.
His magnum opus, Labor Demand, was published by Princeton University Press in 1993. The same press published his Beauty Pays in 2011. In 2014 Worth Publishers published the fifth edition of his Economics Is Everywhere, a series of 400 vignettes designed to illustrate the ubiquity of economics in everyday life and how the simple tools in a microeconomics principles class can be used. His new book, Spending Time: The Most Valuable Resource, published by Oxford University Press in winter 2019. His undergraduate teaching, particularly of large classes in introductory economics, has gained him several University-wide teaching awards.