Dr. Audrey Light is a Professor of Economics at Ohio State University, where she has been employed since 1993. Prior to joining Ohio State, Light taught at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and held a visiting appointment at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Her research interests lie in both labor economics and demography. Recent work focuses on determinants of long-term cohabiting and marital unions; determinants of divorce; assortative mating on personality traits; effects of body weight on union formation and economic outcomes; employer learning about cognitive and noncognitive skills; time to college completion; degree effects; and determinants of early-career job mobility.
Light has been part of the National Longitudinal Surveys contract team since joining Ohio State, and has served as Principal Investigator for the 1979 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth since 2005. She is a faculty affiliate of the Center for Human Resource Research and the Initiative in Population Research at Ohio State, and is a senior fellow of the China Center for Human Capital and Labor Market Research in Beijing. Her research has been funded by numerous grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Spencer Foundation, American Educational Research Association, Kauffman Foundation, and Bureau of Labor Statistics. She is a recipient of the H. Gregg Lewis Prize awarded by the Society of Labor Economists.