Welcome! My name is Alan Benson and I'm an assistant professor in the Work and Organizations Group at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management.

My research uses the tools of applied microeconomics to examine the evolving ways that organizations attract, retain, and develop their workers. My recent work has examined the tendency for organizations to promote based on prior performance rather than managerial potential (the "Peter Principle"), how internal career structures help retain high performers, discrimination in hiring, how systems for disseminating employer reputation's can encourage employers to treat workers fairly, and the conditions in which monitoring enhances or reduces productivity. My work has been published in the QJE, JOLE, JHE, Organization Science, Management Science, ILR Review, Industrial Relations, and Demography, and featured in the NY Times, WSJ, LA Times, Washington Post, NPR, The Economist, Forbes, BBC, Bloomberg, Times of London, Financial Times, The Globe and Mail, HBR, and other outlets.

I teach Master's Compensation and Benefits, MBA Negotiations, and PhD Economics of HR. My digital self is tirelessly teaching Managing Employee Compensation on Coursera.

I received my PhD in 2013 from the MIT Sloan School of Management and my BS from Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations.