Haig R. Nalbantian
Senior Partner, Co-founder and Co-leader, Mercer Workforce Sciences Institute
|Haig R. Nalbantian is a Senior Partner at Mercer and a co-leader of Mercer’s Workforce Sciences Institute. A labor/organizational economist, he has been instrumental in developing Mercer’s unique capability to measure the economic impact of human capital practices. That capability has been applied in numerous projects he has directed for leading companies in the US and abroad, across a broad range of industries, including energy, high technology, manufacturing, consumer products, financial services, media and information services, telecommunications, and professional services. He has also consulted with organizations in the public and not-for-profit sectors. In recent years Haig has worked extensively with high-profile organizations in the Middle East, with particular focus on strategic workforce planning, workforce strategies, and workforce metrics.|
Haig came to Mercer from National Economic Research Associates, which he joined in 1989. Earlier, he was on the faculty of economics at New York University and was a research scientist at its C.V. Starr Center for Applied Economics. He is an internationally recognized expert in incentives and human capital measurement and management, and their links to organizational performance. He has published on these topics in books and articles in leading academic and professional journals, such as the American Economic Review, the Journal of Labor Economics, the Harvard Business Review, Compensation & Benefits Review, and WorldatWork Journal, among many others. His HBR article, “Making Mobility Matter,” received the Academy of Management’s 2010 award for Outstanding Practitioner-Oriented Publication.
Haig co-authored Mercer’s prize-winning book on human capital measurement and management, Play to Your Strengths – Managing Your Internal Labor Markets for Lasting Competitive Advantage (McGraw-Hill, 2004). He also edited and served as chief contributor to the book, Incentives, Cooperation and Risk Sharing. He is a frequent speaker before industry groups, professional associations, and academic audiences across the globe. He led the research team and co-authored the 2012 World Economic Forum/Mercer study of global talent mobility, “Talent Mobility Good Practices: Collaboration at the Core of Driving Economic Growth.”
Haig earned his BA in English and economics from New York University and his graduate degrees in economics from Columbia University. He is a member of the American Economic Association.