Professor of Economics and Management, Division of Social Science
University of Minnesota Morris
600 East Fourth Street
Morris, MN 56267
Institute for the Study of Labor web page
Truckers & Turnover Project web page
Stephen Burks focuses on two main research areas: experimental and behavioral personnel economics and the economics of the U.S. trucking industry. Much of his empirical research addresses how experimentally identified social, loss, time, and risk preferences affect the way in which labor economics explain the employment relationship. More recently, he has been working on the relationship between the health status of truckers and their crash risk, turnover, productivity, and medical costs.
In addition to his work with the Roadway Safety Institute, Burks is affiliated with the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany; the Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics at the University of Nottingham, UK; and the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He was a founding member and is past chair of the standing technical Committee on Trucking Industry Research at the Transportation Research Board, and he received the University of Minnesota Morris Faculty Distinguished Research award in 2014.
Burks holds a B.A. in philosophy from Reed College, an M.A. in philosophy from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.