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, where I hold a Mary and Jim Lawrence Fellowship.
I'm also on the graduate faculty of the Department of Applied Economics and the Minnesota Population Center, and am an associate editor in the Organizations department of Management Science.

My research applies the social and behavioral sciences, particularly microeconomics, to examine how organizations manage and develop their workers. This area is typically called personnel economics or people analytics.

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 Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Health Economics, American Sociological Review, 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.