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Aspen Gorry

Aspen Gorry

Associate Professor

Office: 320D Wilbur O. and Ann Powers Hall
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 Educational Background

    Ph.D. Economics
    University of Chicago 2009

    M.A. Economics
    University of Chicago 2006

    B.S. Economics and Mathematics
    Arizona State University 2004

Courses Taught

  • Macroeconomic Theory I
  • Macroeconomic Theory II
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics (Honors)


Aspen Gorry is an associate professor in the John E. Walker Department of Economics at Clemson University. Prior to joining Clemson, Professor Gorry was an assistant professor at University of California, Santa Cruz and Utah State University. He was also a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Dr. Gorry's research focuses on macroeconomics, labor economics, and public economics. In particular, he studies the effect of policies such as taxes, retirement programs, and minimum wages on labor market outcomes. His research has been published in journals including American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, Journal of Public Economics, Quantitative Economics, and Review of Economic Dynamics and his policy writing has appeared in Tax Notes, The Los Angeles Times, and Real Clear Markets. Dr. Gorry received his Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in both mathematics and economics from Arizona State University.

Research Interests

  • Macroeconomics, Labor Economics, Public Economics.

Research Publications

  • “Retirement Timing Uncertainty: Empirical Evidence and Quantitative Evaluation,” with Frank Caliendo, Maria Casanova, and Sita Slavov. Review of Economic Dynamics, 2023.
  • "The Elasticity of Taxable Income in the Presence of Intertemporal Income Shifting," with R. Glenn Hubbard and Aparna Mathur. National Tax Journal. 74:1, 45-73, 2021.
  • "Experience, Skill Composition, and the Persistence of Unemployment Fluctuations,” with David Munro and Christian vom Lehn. Labour Economics. 63, 2020.
  • "Survival Ambiguity and Welfare," with Frank Caliendo and Sita Slavov. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. 120, 2020, 20-42.
  • "The Cost of Uncertainty about the Timing of Social Security Reform," with Frank Caliendo and Sita Slavov. European Economic Review. 118, 2019, 101-125.
  • "Learning and Life Cycle Patterns of Occupational Transitions," with Devon Gorry and Nicholas Trachter. International Economic Review. 60:2, 2019, 905-937.
  • "Social Security and Saving: An Update," with Sita Slavov, Devon Gorry, and Frank Caliendo. Public Finance Review. 47:2, 2018, 312-348.
  • "Does Retirement Improve Health and Life Satisfaction?" with Devon Gorry and Sita Slavov. Health Economics. 27:12, 2016-2086.
  • "Male Labor Supply and Generational Fiscal Policy," with Christian vom Lehn and Eric O'N. Fisher. Review of Economic Dynamics. 28, 2018, 121-149.
  • "The Response of Deferred Executive Compensation to Changes Tax Rates," with Kevin Hassett, R. Glenn Hubbard, and Aparna Mathur. Journal of Public Economics. 151, 2017, 28-40.
  • "A Note on the Nonlinear Effects of Minimum Wage Increases," with Jeremy Jackson. Contemporary Economic Policy, 35:1, 2017, 53-61.
  • "Experience and Worker Flows." Quantitative Economics. 7:1, 2016, 225-255.
  • "Time and State Dependence in an Ss Decision Experiment," with Jacopo Magnani and Ryan Oprea. American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics. 8:1, 2016, 285-310.
  • "Minimum Wages and Youth Unemployment." European Economic Review. 64, 2013, 57-75.
  • "Optimal Taxation Over the Life Cycle," with Ezra Oberfield. Review of Economic Dynamics. 15:4, 2012, 551-572.
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Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business
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