David L. Lindauer is the Stanford Calderwood Professor of Economics at Wellesley College. His area of specialization is labor markets in developing economies. At Wellesley, he has taught courses on microeconomics, economic journalism, development economics, inequality, international economics and the economies of East Asia. Professor Lindauer joined the Wellesley faculty in 1981 and served as Chair of the Economics Department from 1991-94 and as co-Chair in 1999-2000. He was Faculty Director of Pendleton East in 2000-02 and 2004-09 where he was responsible for coordinating programs and policies for Wellesley College’s social science departments. Professor Lindauer was awarded the Anna and Samuel Pinanski Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2001.
Professor Lindauer was a Faculty Associate at the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID) from 1987-99 and has served as a Consultant to the IDB, UNDP, USAID and the World Bank. He has traveled extensively in developing nations and has worked on labor market issues in Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan and Zambia), Asia (Cambodia, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam), the Caribbean (Belize and Dominica) and Eastern Europe (Moldova). His research and policy advising covers industrial relations, labor costs and export potential, minimum wages and labor legislation, poverty and unemployment, public sector pay and employment, racial affirmative action, and wage and employment structure. He spent 1994-95 at the World Bank as a member of the core team responsible for the 1995 World Development Report, Workers in an Integrating World.
In addition to numerous articles in professional journals, Professor Lindauer's publications include Asia and Africa: Legacies and Opportunities for Development (ICEG/HIID, 1994), co-edited with Michael Roemer; Rehabilitating Government: Pay and Employment Reform in Africa (World Bank, 1994), co-edited with Barbara Nunberg; The Strains of Economic Growth: Labor Unrest and Social Dissatisfaction in Korea (HIID, 1997); AIDS and South Africa: The Social Expression of a Pandemic (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2004), co-edited with Kyle Kauffman; and Economics of Development 7e (Norton, 2012), co-authored with Dwight Perkins, Steven Radelet and Steven Block. He joined Economics of Development as a co-author for its 6th edition (2006).
Professor Lindauer received his Bachelor’s degree in 1973 from the City College of the City University of New York. He holds a M.A. (1976) and a Ph.D. (1979) in economics from Harvard University.