Mortensen, Dale Thomas

Mortensen, Dale Thomas,

1939–2014, American economist, b. Enterprise, Oreg., Ph.D. Carnegie-Mellon Univ., 1967. Mortensen a professor at Northwestern Univ. for his entire academic career. His work focused on the labor market, exploring the so-called friction involved in job search, labor turnover, and the like and developing techniques for studying and understanding the labor market and the effects that government policies have on them. Along with Peter DiamondDiamond, Peter Arthur,
1940–, American economist, b. New York City, Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1963. Diamond was a professor at the Univ. of California, Berkeley, from 1963 to 1966, when he joined the faculty at his alma mater; he was named institute
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 and Christopher PissaridesPissarides, Christopher Antoniou,
1948–, British-Cypriot economist, b. Nicosia, Cyprus, Ph.D. London School of Economics, 1973. He has been a professor at the London School of Economics since 1976.
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, he developed matching theory and the Diamond-Mortensen-Pissarides model, and for this work the three were awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2010. Mortensen also used his insights to examine the "marriage market," the process in which individual finds a spouse or partner. Among his works is Wage Dispersion: Why Are Similar Workers Paid Differently? (2005).