Areas of Expertise
The Steans Professor in the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, as the Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor
Kerwin Charles' research focuses on a range of subjects in the broad area of empirical labor economics. His work has examined the effect of abortion legalization on outcomes for children born around the time of legalization; how the racial composition of neighborhoods affects the social connections people make; causes for the dramatic convergence in completed schooling between recent generations of American men and women; the effect of retirement on subjective well being; how wealth is propagated across generations within a family; and many dimensions of the effect of health shocks, including the effect on family stability and labor supply. In ongoing work, he is studying how beliefs, opinions and expectations determine outcomes in the labor market and elsewhere.