TJ Hedin

I am currently a 2nd year Ph.D. student in the economics department at UCLA. My interests are in applied micro — particularly labor and the economics of crime. I'm interested in understanding how public policies (especially social safety net programs) and institutions can affect labor market outcomes, and how these effects can spill over into other aspects of life.

I also work as a research fellow with the California Policy Lab, where my research focuses on the labor market and unemployment insurance. During the labor-market crisis of 2020 and the ensuing recovery, I co-authored a series of "UI reports", where me and my co-authors used administrative data from California's Unemployment Insurance system to shed light on the rapidly-evolving state of the labor market, while also examining the performance of the UI system. Having written over 13 of these reports, I've built up a substantial understanding of the quirky world of Unemployment Insurance data and policy, so much of my work focuses on that.

Outside of my research, I enjoy exploring the many restaurants of Long Beach (sushi and burritos are my life), making craft cocktails (Mai Tais & Espresso Martinis), and rooting on Manchester City FC. I'm always happy to meet with people who share my interests, so don't hesitate to reach out if you want to chat research, soccer, or if you just happen to be in the area and want to grab a coffee/beer!

Selected work

Estimating the Cumulative Impact of the Pandemic on Workers Using Administrative Unemployment Insurance Data

(with Alex Bell, Peter Mannino, Roozbeh Moghadam, Carl Romer, Geoffrey Schnorr, and Till von Wachter), American Economic Association: Papers & Proceedings.

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“Disparities in Access to Unemployment Insurance During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons from U.S. and California Claims Data” (with Alex Bell, Roozbeh Moghadam, Geoffrey Schnorr, and Till von Wachter), report to the US Department of Labor issued February 2022

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“Analysis of Unemployment Insurance Claims in California During the COVID-19 Pandemic” (with Alex Bell, Roozbeh Moghadam, Geoffrey Schnorr, and Till von Wachter)

California Policy Lab, Series of Reports

(Last Updated 2022)

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Disparities in Access to Unemployment Insurance During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons from U.S. and California Claims Data” (with Alex Bell, Peter Mannino, Roozbeh Moghadam, Geoffrey Schnorr, and Till von Wachter), RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences. Forthcoming

The Effect of Unconditional Cash Transfers to Displaced Workers on Labor Market Outcomes: An Analysis of the Lost Wages Assistance Program

(In Progress)


UI Benefit Generosity and Labor Supply from 2002-2020: Evidence from California UI Records

(with Alex Bell, Geoffrey Schnorr, and Till von Wachter)

(Under Review)

[Working Paper]

Get in touch at hedin@ucla.edu

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