Neal Olitsky

Associate Professor of Economics

Contact Information

Office: Liberal Arts Room 377
Phone: 508.910.6670

Mailing Address

Department of Economics
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Rd.
North Dartmouth, MA, 02747 


Neal joined the economics department in the Fall of 2008.  He received his BA in applied mathematics and economics from
Oberlin College and both his MA and his PhD from The University of Iowa.  Neal’s research is in the field of labor economics
and the economics of education; he studies the effect of education decisions on educational and labor market success. 

Fall 2016 Office Hours:

Tuesday, Thursday 11-12
Wednesday 9:30-11:30, or by appt.

Personal Website/C.V.



  • PhD in Economics, The University of Iowa,  2008
    Dissertation Title: Essays on Match Quality and Educational Choice
  • MA in Economics, The University of Iowa,  2004
  • BA in Economics and Applied Mathematics, Oberlin College, 2002


  • “Job Congruence, Academic Achievement, and Earnings” with Steve Robbins and George Neumann (2009). Labour Economics,
    Volume 16, Issue 5, October 2009, Pages 503-509

 Working Papers 

  • “High School Extracurricular Participation and Academic Achievement: A Factor Analysis”, under review at The Economics of Education Review.
  • “High School Coursework and the Transition to College,”  with Jeff Allen  and Steve B. Robbins
  • “The Procyclicality of Mismatches”
  • “How Do Academic Achievement and Gender Affect the Earnings of STEM Majors? A Propensity Score Matching Approach”


  • “The Effect of Blended Courses on Student Learning: Evidence From Introductory Economics Courses," with Sarah B. Cosgrove
  • “The Effect of Short-Term Study Abroad Programs on International Awareness: A Longitudinal Analysis,” with Mark R. Kurt.