Montgomery began his career as a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and worked for the Labor Department during the Clinton administration, rising to second in command at the department before returning to academia at Maryland, where he is dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. He also headed Obama's Labor Department transition team.
He has studied many topics, including whether workplace smoking bans reduce smoking by employees, how universities affect local labor markets and whether unions increase unemployment.
"He's not the sort of economist who views these as abstract problems," said Robert Schwab, associate dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. "This is a field that's important because it plays such a key role in everyone's life -- not just an interesting abstraction. That permeates all of Ed's research."
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