Kerwin Charles is a professor Edwin and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor in the Harris School at University of Chicago, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. The economist and educator focuses his research on subjects in the broad area of empirical labor economics. He has examined issues that include the effect of abortion legalization on children born during the time of legalization; and how the racial composition of neighborhoods affects the social connections people make. Also, he is studying how beliefs, opinions, and expectations determine outcomes in the labor market and beyond. The professor and scholar earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University.