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John Nunley

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Specialty area(s)

Labor Economics, Demography, Economics of the Family, and Experimental Economics

Current courses at UWL

Fall 2021
ECO 110 - Microeconomics and Public Policy



Ph.D., Economics, Middle Tennessee State University
M.A., Economics, Middle Tennessee State University
B.B.A., Economics, Middle Tennessee State University


Teaching history

ECO 110 - Microeconomics and Public Policy
ECO 307 - Introduction to Econometrics, Forecasting and Time Series
ECO 308 - Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis
ECO 330 - Labor Economics
ECO 435 - Law and Economics
ECO 474 - Family Economics

Research and publishing


“The Global COVID-19 Student Survey: First Wave Results,” (with David A. Jaeger, Jaime Arellano-Bover, Krzysztof Karbownik, Marta Martínez-Matute, R. Alan Seals, Miguel Almunia, Mackenzie Alston, Sascha O. Becker, Pilar Beneito, René Böheim José E. Boscá, Jessica H. Brown, Simon Chang, Deborah Cobb-Clark, Shooshan Danagoulian, Sandra Donnally, Marissa Eckrote-Nordland, Lídía Farré Javier Ferri, Margherita Fort, Jane Cooley Fruewirth, Rebecca Gelding, Allen C. Goodman, Melanie Guldi, Simone Häckl, Janet Hankin, Scott Imberman, Joanna Lahey, Joan Llull, Hani Mansour, Isaac McFarlin, Jaakko Meriläinen, Tove Mortlund, Martin Nybom, Stephen D. O'Connell, Rupert Sausgruber, Amy Ellen Schwarz, Jan Stuhler, Petra Thiemann, Roel van Veldhuizen, Marianne Wannamaker, and Maria Zhu), COVID Economics, Vol. 79 (2021). 

“The Effects of Unemployment and Underemployment on Employment Opportunities: Results from a Correspondence Audit of the Labor Market for College Graduates,” (with Adam Pugh, Nick Romero, and R. Alan Seals) Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 70, No. 3 (2017): 642-669. 

"Child-Custody Reform and the Division of Labor in the Household," (with Duha Altindag and R. Alan Seals) Review of Economics of the Household, Vol. 15, No. 3 (2017): 833-856.

“College Major, Internship Experience, and Employment Opportunities: Estimates from a Résumé Audit,” (with Adam Pugh, Nick Romero, and R. Alan Seals) Labour Economics, Vol. 38, No. 1 (2016): 37-46.

"The Impact of Macroeconomic Conditions on Property Crime," (with Alan Seals and Joachim Zietz) Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 34, No. 3 (2016): 483-499.

"Racial Discrimination in the Labor Market for Recent College Graduates: Evidence from a Field Experiment," (with Adam Pugh, Nicholas Romero and R. Alan Seals) B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, Vol. 15, No. 3 (2015): 1093-1126.

"Birth Cohort and the Specialization Gap Between Same-Sex and Different-Sex Couples," (with Lisa Giddings, Alyssa Schneebaum, and Joachim Zietz) Demography, Vol. 51, No. 2 (2014): 509-534.

"The Long-Run Impact of Age Demographics on the U.S. Divorce Rate," (with Joachim Zietz) American Economist, Vol. 57, No. 1 (2012): 65-77.

"The Effects of Information and Competition on Racial Discrimination: Evidence from a Field Experiment," (with Mark Owens and Steve Howard) Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 80, No. 3 (2011): 670-679.

"Demographic Change, Macroeconomic Conditions, and the Murder Rate: The Case of the United States, 1934-2006," (with Alan Seals and Joachim Zietz) Journal of Socio-Economics, Vol. 40, No. 6 (2011): 942-948.

"Child-Custody Reform, Marital Investment in Children, and the Labor Supply of Married Mothers," (with Alan Seals) Labour Economics, Vol. 18, No. 1 (2011): 14-24.

"The Effect of Joint-Child-Custody Legislation on the Child-Support Receipt of Single Mothers," (with Brandeanna D. Allen and Alan Seals) Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Vol. 32, No. 1 (2011): 124-139.

"Inflation and Other Aggregate Determinants of the Trend in U.S. Divorce Rates since the 1960s." Applied Economics, Vol. 42, No. 26 (2010): 3367-3381.

"The Effects of Household Income Volatility on Divorce," (with Alan Seals) American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Vol. 69, No. 3 (2010): 983-1010.


Papers Under Review

"The Demand for Interns," (with David A. Jaeger, R. Alan Seals, and Eric Wilbrandt), submitted October 2021. 

"Are Women Catching Up or Falling Further Behind? A Cohort Study of Educational Attainment in India," (with Nabamita Dutta), submitted October 2021. 


Research in Progress

"The Heterogeneity in Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Discrimination in the Market for New College Graduates," (with Jonathan Bushnell, Zachary Cowell, David Dowling, Sam Goldstein, George Miller, and R. Alan Seals) draft, October 2021. 

"Unbundling the College Experience: The Effects of Majors, Minors, Internship Experience, and Other Curricular and Extracurricular Activities on Employment Opportunities," (with R. Alan Seals), writing results.

"The Geography of Discrimination in the Market for New College Graduates," (with R. Alan Seals), writing results

"Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Differences in the Task Content of Work," (with Samuel Cole, Zachary Cowell, and R. Alan Seals), draft, October 2021. 

"Peer Effects and Retirement Decisions: Evidence from Pension Reform in Germany," (with Mary Hamman, Daniela Hochfellner, David Jaeger, and Christopher Ruhm), draft, January 2020.

"The Wage Structure and Skill Premia of U.S. Military Occupations in the Private Sector," (with Joseph Compton, Zachary Cowell, Andrew Johnson, and Blake Silver), in progress

"Worker Tasks Over the Life Cycle," (with Samuel Cole, Zachary Cowell, and R. Alan Seals), in progress


Published Reports and Other Publications

"The Changing Task Content of Work for Older Workers in the United States," (with Samuel Cole, Zachary Cowell, and R. Alan Seals) Retirement and Disability Research Center at the Center for Financial Security, University of Wisconsin- Madison, No. WI21-04, Fall 2021.

"Your Chances of Getting an Internship Are Better If You've Already Had One," (with David Jaeger and R. Alan Seals) The Conversation, February 26, 2020. 

" Pencasts to Supplement the Undergraduate Economics Curriculum," (with James Murray) Journal of Economic Education, Vol. 48, No. 2 (2018).

"UW Tenure Saves the State Money," (with Taggert J. Brooks) Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI), June 25, 2016.

"Tenure is About More Than Job Security," (with Taggert J. Brooks) La Crosse Tribune (La Crosse, WI), June 19, 2016.