Michael Rubens is an Assistant Professor of Economics at UCLA. He works in the fields of industrial organization and labor economics.

His research agenda aims to increase the understanding of the drivers and consequences of market power in vertically related industries and on factor markets.

Curriculum Vitae

Working Papers

(5) Exploiting or Augmenting Labor? (with Yingjie Wu and Mingzhi Xu)

May 2024

(4) Labor Market Power and Factor-Biased Technology Adoption

July 2024 

(3) Colluding Against Workers (with Vincent Delabastita)

April 2024 – Revise & Resubmit, Journal of Political Economy


(2) Market Structure, Oligopsony Power, and Productivity

September 2023 – American Economic Review, 113(9) pp. 2382-2410

Online Appendix  » Replication Package » VoxDev Article

(1) Management, Productivity, and Technology Choices: Evidence from U.S. Mining Schools

March 2023 – RAND Journal of Economics, 54(1), pp. 165-186

Online Appendix » Replication Package

In Progress

Welfare Effects of Buyer and Seller Power (with Mert Demirer and Antonio Martner Sota)

Collusion in the U.S. Labor Market (with Bradley Setzler and Chen Yeh )