Vera Brencic

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Economics Dept


Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Economics Dept
(780) 492-4407
7-26 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H4



See attached CV.


Research interests:

Labor Economics: Search and Matching, Personnel Economics


  • Brenčič, Vera. 2007. Employers’ Search Prior to Exhaustion of Advance Notice Period, Economics Letters, 94 (2), 266-270.
  • Brenčič, Vera and John B. Norris. 2010. On-the-Job Tasks and Performance Pay: A Vacancy-Level Analysis, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 63(3), 511-542.
  • Brenčič, Vera. 2009. Employers’ Hiring Practices, Employment Protection, and Costly Search: A Vacancy-Level Analysis, Labour Economics, 16(5), 461-479. Lead article.
  • Brenčič, Vera and John B. Norris. 2009. Employers’ Online Search: An Empirical Analysis, Industrial Relations, 48(4), 684-709. 
  • Brenčič, Vera. 2010. Do Employers Respond to the Costs of Continued Search? Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 72(2), 211-245.
  • Brenčič, Vera and Denise Young. 2009. Time-Saving Innovations, Time Allocation, and Energy Use: Evidence from Canadian Households, Ecological Economics, 68(11), 2859-2867.  
  • Brenčič, Vera and John B. Norris. 2012. Employers’ Online Recruitment and Screening Practices, Economic Inquiry, 50(1), 94-111. 
  • Brenčič, Vera and John B. Norris. 2010. Do Employers Change Job Offers in Their Online Job Ads to Facilitate Search? Economics Letters, 108(1), 46-48. 
  • Brenčič, Vera. 2012. Wage Posting: Evidence from Job Ads, Canadian Journal of Economics, 45(4), 1529-1559. 
  • Brenčič, Vera. 2014. Search Online: Evidence from Information Acquisition on Online Job Boards and Resume Banks, Journal of Economic Psychology, 42, 112-125. 
  • Brenčič, Vera. 2015. Employers’ Efforts to Deter Shirking in Teams, Labour: Review of Labor Relations, 29(1), 55-78.
  • Brenčič, Vera. 2016. The Impact of Craigslist's Entry on Competing Employment Websites, IZA Journal of Labor Economics, 5(7), 1-15.
  • Brenčič, Vera and Marko Pahor. 2019. Exporting, Skill Upgrading, and Skill Mismatch: Evidence from Employers’ Hiring Practices, World Economy, 42(6), 1740-1773.
  • Brenčič, Vera, Julie Dubois, and Lucie Morin. 2020. Improvements in Electronic Job Alerts and the Labor Market Experience of Unemployed Workers: Evidence from the Connecting Canadians with Available Jobs Initiative, Canadian Public Policy, 46(2), 214-235.
  • Brenčič, Vera. 2021. Interaction between Technology and Recruiting, IZA World of Labor: 485. DOI: 10.15185/izawol.485.
  • Brenčič, Vera. 2022. Developments in the Market for Employment Websites in the U.S., International Journal of the Economics of Business, 29(1), 33-56. 

Working papers & Work in progress:

  • Brenčič, Vera. 2021. Network Size and Terms of Use: Evidence from Employment Websites. 
  • Brenčič, Vera. 2022. Labor Market Concentration of Job Vacancies and New Hires: Implications for Skill Requirements, Wage Offers, and Hiring Outcomes.
  • Brenčič, Vera. 2022. Coordination Frictions and the Role of Exporters.
  • Brenčič, Vera and Andrew D. McGee. 2022. Employers’ Demand for Personality Traits.


Teaching interests: 

Labor Economics, Personnel Economics, Econometrics


ECON 331 - Labor Economics

Theory and empirical evidence concerning the supply of and demand for labor services, wage differentials, and the impact of unions, with particular reference to Canadian contemporary issues. Some of the policy issues to be discussed are income maintenance, unemployment insurance, and minimum wage legislation. Prerequisites: ECON 109 and ECON 281.

ECON 598 - Econometric Theory and Applications

Advanced treatment of estimation, inference and econometric problems and techniques, including the use of matrix operations and statistical distribution theory, with an emphasis on applied econometric analysis. Prerequisites: ECON 481 and 482 or equivalent, and an advanced undergraduate level course in econometrics. Note: Not open to students with credit in ECON 506.

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