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Jennifer Hunt is on leave from her position as Professor of Economics at Rutgers University as she is currently the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Microeconomic Analysis at the US Department of the Treasury. Prior to her current position Hunt was the chief economist to the US Secretary of Labor at the US Department of Labor. She has held previous positions at McGill University, the University of Montreal and Yale University. She is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London, and is on the Scientific Advisory Council of the Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (the Research Institute of the German Federal Employment Agency) in Nuremburg. She has done research in the areas of employment and unemployment policy, immigration, wage inequality, transition economics, crime and corruption. Her current research focuses on immigration and innovation in the United States, the US science and engineering workforce, and the 2008-2009 recession in Germany. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard and her Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.