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SIRE Chair in Economics, University of Aberdeen

Keith Bender is an applied microeconomist whose research interests include labour economics, economics of ageing, subjective well-being, educational mismatch and health economics. He received his PhD from Duke University in 1994 and has been employed at Louisiana State University, the United States Social Security Administration and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has also held visiting positions at Flinders University in Australia, the University of Giessen and the University of Potsdam. He rejoined the Economics faculty at the University of Aberdeen in 2012 as the SIRE Professor of Economics and is part of the Centre for European Labour Market Research at Aberdeen.


  • –present
    SIRE Chair in Economics, University of Aberdeen
  • 1999–2012
    Assistant, Associate, Full Professor of Economics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • 1998–1999
    Economic Researcher, US Social Security Administration
  • 1997–1998
    Visiting assistant professor, Louisiana State University
  • 1994–1997
    Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen


  • 1994 
    Duke University, PhD in Economics
  • 1990 
    Furman University, BA in Economics