Brian Kovak
Associate Professor,
    Carnegie Mellon University
    Heinz College
Research Associate, NBER
Research Fellow, IZA

Curriculum Vitae


      Brian K. Kovak

Contact Information

(412) 268-5223
(412) 268-4487
Carnegie Mellon University
H. John Heinz III College
4800 Forbes Avenue, HBH 2208
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Working Papers

    The Labor Market Effects of Offshoring by U.S. Multinational Firms
    (with Lindsay Oldenski and Nick Sly)
        (Draft: October 2018) revise and resubmit, Review of Economics and Statistics

Journal Articles

    Margins of Labor Market Adjustment to Trade
    (with Rafael Dix-Carneiro)
        Journal of International Economics, (2019) 117: 125-142
        Online appendix.
        Summary: VoxEU. NBER working paper

    Measuring Geographic Migration Patterns using Matrículas Consulares
    (with Maria Esther Caballero and Brian Cadena)
        Demography, (2018) 55(3): 1119-1145
        Press coverage: US News

    Trade Liberalization and Regional Dynamics
    (with Rafael Dix-Carneiro)
        American Economic Review, (2017) 107(10): 1908-2946
        Online appendix. Supplemental appendix focused on agriculture.
        Summaries: World Bank Research Digest, Upjohn Institute, VoxDev
        NBER working paper including related results.

    Quality-Adjusted Price Measurement: A New Approach With Evidence from
    Semiconductors (with David Byrne and Ryan Michaels)
        Review of Economics and Statistics, (2017) 99(2): 330-342
        Online appendix. VoxEU summary

    Immigrants Equilibrate Local Labor Markets: Evidence from the Great Recession
Brian Cadena)
        American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (2016) 8(1): 257-290
        Online appendix
        Summaries: VoxEU, NBER Digest, IRP Focus
        Press coverage: Marginal Revolution, Slate, LA Times, Wall Street Journal,
               Washington Post, New York Post, Atlantic, Financial Times

    Trade Liberalization and the Skill Premium: A Local Labor Markets Approach
    (with Rafael Dix-Carneiro)
        American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings (2015) 105(5): 551-557
        Online appendix

    Regional Effects of Trade Reform: What is the Correct Measure of Liberalization?
        American Economic Review (2013) 103(5): 1960-1976
        Online appendix
        Recipient of the 2014 IZA Young Labor Economist Award
        Included in Trade and Inequality in the International Library of Critical Writings in
               Economics series, ed. P. Goldberg.

    Overestimating the Effect of Complementarity on Skill Demand
        B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy (2011) Vol. 11: Iss. 1 (Topics), Article 65

Other Publications

    Assessing Price Indexes for Markets with Trading Frictions: A Quantitative Illustration
        (with Ryan Michaels) in Susan Houseman and Michael Mandel eds., Measuring
        Globalization: Better Trade Statistics for Better Policy. Upjohn, 2015.

    The Growing Problem of Disconnected Single Mothers (with Rebecca Blank)
        in Carolyn J. Heinrich and John Karl Scholz eds., Making the Work-Based Safety Net Work
        Better: Forward-Looking Policies to Help Low-Income Families. Russell Sage Foundation, 2009.
        National Poverty Center Working Paper #07-28

Work in Progress

    If it Can't Bend, Will it Break? The China Shock and Portuguese Manufacturing
    (with Lee Branstetter, Jacqueline Mauro, and Ana Venancio)

    From Atlanta to Acapulco: The International Transmission of Local Shocks Through
    Migration Networks (with Brian Cadena and Maria Esther Caballero)

    Migrant Network Diversity and Spatial Mobility
    (with Brian Cadena, Rebecca Lessem, and Shan Li)

    The Commodity Price Boom and Regional Inequality
    (with Andrea Pellandra)

    Emerging Technologies, Labor Outcomes, and Policy Responses
    (with Laurence Ales, Erica Fuchs, and Kate Whitefoot)