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Robert Nakosteen

Professor Emeritus

Operations & Information Management


PhD, University of Tennessee, 1978
MA, University of Michigan, 1971
BA, University of Colorado, 1970

Professional Experience

Director, Economic Forecasting and Analysis, Tennessee Valley Authority, Knoxville, TN, 1979-1985
Consultant, Science Application Incorporated, Oak Ridge, TN, 1978-1979
Consultant, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1975-1978

Academic Appointments

Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2021-Present
Department Chair, Operations & Information Management, Isenberg School of Management, UMass Amherst, September 2018-July 2021
Full Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2007-2021
Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst, August 1985-2006
Visiting Professor, The Fletcher School at Tufts University, 2007
Lecturer, University of Tennessee, September 1979-June 1983

Recent Honors / Awards

University Distinguished Teaching Award, 2013

Research Interests

Labor Market Outcomes
The Massachusetts Economy
Economic Indicators Analysis

Teaching Interests

  • Micro and Macro Economics
  • Statistics

Selected Publications

“Latent Earning Capacity and the Race Marriage Gap,” Cogent Economics and Finance, Volume 7, June 2019 (with Michael Zimmer).

“Youth-age  Characteristics  as  Precursors  of  Power  Couple  Formation  and  Location Choice”, Labour   Economics,  Vol.  52,  2018  (with  Sofia  Tano(first  author), 

Olle Westerland, and Michael Zimmer).“Incidence of Reported Disability among Men: Accounting for Self Selection”, Research in Economics and Management, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2018, Michael Zimmer).

“Marriage  Dissolution  Among  American  Men,  2003-2010:  The  Roles  of  Measured Earnings and Latent Selection,” Cogent  Economics  and  Finance, Volume  5, June  2017 (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.