Prof. Robert Nakosteen

Robert A. Nakosteen 


Telephone: 413-545-5687


Office: Isenberg 222C



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Ph.D., University of Tennessee
M.A., University of Michigan
B.A., University of Colorado

Research/Teaching Interests:

The microeconometrics of labor markets
Demographic economics
Economic Indicators analysis
Business and economic forecasting
The Economics of the European Union
Microeconomics and macroeconomics
Statistics and econometrics
Business forecasting


Approval of Social Security Disability Appeals: Analysis of Judges Decisions, forthcoming in Applied Economics (with Michael Zimmer).


All in the Family: Self Selection and Migration by Couples," Papers in Regional Science, Vol 93, No 1, March 2014 (with Kent Eliasson, Olle Westerlund, and Michael Zimmer).


Twice Chosen: Spouse Matching and Earnings Among Women in First and Second Marriages, Social Science Journal, Vol. 50, No. 5, September 2013 (with Johanna Astrom, Olle Westerlund, and Michael A. Zimmer).


"Active Labor Market Programs and Regional Mobility of Labor: Evidence from the Swedish Recession, 1994 - 1995," Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 30, Number 2, April 2012, with  Olle Westerlund, and Michael Zimmer.


"See the future by looking at the past:  predicting divorce with pre-marital earnings,", Applied Economic Letters, Vol 18, November 2011 (with Johanna Astrom, Olle Westerlund, and Michael Zimmer).


"Economic Currents: Diverging Destinies," MassBenchmarks, Vol. 13, Issue 2, 2011 (with Michael Goodman).


"Migration and Self Selection:  Measured Earnings and Latent Characteristics," Journal of Regional Science Vol. 48, Issue 4, October 2008 (with Olle Westerlund and Michael A. Zimmer).


"Income Inequality in Massachusetts, 1980-2006," MassBenchmarks, Vol. 10, Issue 2, 2008 (with Rebecca Loveland and others).


"Questioning the Economic Benefits (of casino gambling)," MassBenchmarks, Vol. 10, issue 2, 2008.


"The Berkshire Region: Technology Sector Update," MassBenchmarks Vol. 9, issue 1, 2007.


"The Pioneer Valley Economy: Seeking to Break Out of 'Ongoing Stagnation'," MassBenchmarks, Vol. 8, Issue 2, 2006.


"The Ever Long(er) Commute," MassBenchmarks, Vol. 7, Issue 2, 2005 (with Michael Goodman and Dana Ansel).


"Health-Related Disabilities and Matching of Spouses: Analysis of Swedish Population Data," Journal of Population Economics, Vol. 18, No. 3, September 2005 (with Olle Westerlund and Michael A. Zimmer).


"The Role of Technology-Based Strategic Actions in the Performance of New Firms," IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Vol. 52, Number 3, August 2005 (with Donna Kelly).


"Ranking Industry Performance in the U.S.," Socioeconomic Planning Sciences, Vol. 39, Issue 1, 2005 (with Iqbal Ali).


"Marital Matching, Earnings, and Labor Force Participation: Evidence from the Unmarried Population in Sweden," Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 39, No. 4, Fall 2004 (with Michael A. Zimmer and Olle Westerlund).


 "The Effects of Regional Migration on Gross Income of Labor in Sweden,"

Papers in Regional Science, Vol. 83, No. 3, July 2004 (with Olle Westerlund).


"Lessons from the Citizens Bank/UMass Small Business Survey for New England," Massachusetts Benchmarks, 2004, Vol. 7, Issue 1 (with Michael Goodman).


"Mass Migration," Massachusetts Benchmarks, spring 2004, Vol. 7, Issue 1 (with Michael Goodman and Dana Ansel).


Mass Commuting, a report for the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth, October 2004, with Michael Goodman and Dana Ansel.


 "Population Change, Housing, and Local Finance," Massachusetts Benchmarks, Summer 2003, Vol. 6, Issue 3 (with James Palma).


"Labor Force Participation and Information Sharing by Married Couples:  An Interracial Comparison," Journal of Economics, Vol. 29, No. 1, 2003 (with Michael A. Zimmer).


Mass Migration, a report for the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth, December 2003, with Michael Goodman and Dana Ansel.


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