Levy is the Daniel Rose Professor of Urban Economics in the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP). His research examines the ways in which computer technology and offshoring are reshaping opportunities in the labor market. Levy has done research on U.S. income inequality, living standards and the economics of education.

In The New Dollars and Dreams (1999), Levy recounts the history of United States income and income distribution from the close of World War II through the present. Previously in Teaching the New Basic Skills (1996) he and Richard J. Murnane examined the growing divide between K-12 teachings and employers’ requirements, with case studies on schools that have worked to close that gap.

Recent Working Papers on Computers and Labor Demand:

- Levy, Frank and Richard J. Murnane. 2005. How Computerized Work and Globalization Shape Human Skill Demands.

- Levy, Frank and Ari Goelman. September 2005. Offshoring and Radiology.

- Autor, David, Levy, Frank and Richard J. Murnane. 2003. The Skill Content of Recent Technological Change: An Empirical Investigation.