Labor Economics, Compensation, Incentives, Hierarchies, Tournaments


Mike Bognanno is a Professor of Economics at Temple University. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1990 and has held various posts since joining Temple University in the same year. Most prominently, he served as Chair of the Economics Department and Director of Economics and Business at Temple University Japan. Prior to joining Temple University, he worked as a compensation consultant for DCA Stanton, Industrial Relations Specialist for the U.S. Department of Labor, and Economist for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in June 2004. His research interests are in the area of labor economics and personnel economics.

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Selected Publications

  • "High - Powered Performance Pay and Crowding Out of Nonmonetary Motives" with David Huffman. Management Services (2018).
  • "Promotion Determinants in Corporate Hierarchies: An Examination of Fast Tracks and Functional Area" with Christian Belzil and Francois Poinas. Research in Labor Economics (2018).
  • "Promotion Signals, Experience and Education" with Eduardo Melero. Journal of Economics and Management Strategy (2016).
  • "Trends in Worker Displacement Penalties in Japan: 1991-2005" with Ryo Kambayashi. Japan and the World Economy (2013).  
  • "Promotions, Demotions, Halo Effects and Earnings Dynamics of American Executives" with Christinal Belzil. Journal of Labor Economics (2008).

Courses Taught

  • Microeconomic Principles
  • Macroeconomic Principles
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Economics of Labor Markets
  • Economics Writing Seminar

Media Mentions

Michael Bognanno Interviewed by WHYY-FM
via WHYY on June 09, 2023

Michael Bognanno Interviewed by WHYY-FM

Professor Michael Bognanno was interviewed by WHYY-FM for a report on the Philadelphia-area job market.

Professor Michael Bognanno Featured in WalletHub
via WalletHub on October 19, 2022

Professor Michael Bognanno Featured in WalletHub

Professor Michael Bognanno was featured in WalletHub's recent article about States Where Employers Are Struggling the Most in Hiring.

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via WalletHub on April 19, 2022

Michael Bognanno Featured in WalletHub

Professor Michael Bognanno was featured in WalletHub's recent study about States Whose Unemployment Rates Are Bouncing Back Most.