UMass Boston

Michael Carr

Department Chairman
Associate Professor
Wheatley Hall Floor 05


Michael Carr joined the Economics Department in 2009. He is a labor economist whose research focuses primarily on the relationship between inequality, labor market power, and short- and long-run employment dynamics. You can find his current research HERE.



Area of Expertise

Labor Economics; Inequality; Mobility; Applied Econometrics.


Ph.D. (2009), Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Professional Publications & Contributions

"Reconciling Trends in U.S. in Male Earnings Volatility: Evidence from the SIPP Survey and Administrative Data"Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, 41(1), 2023. (with Robert Moffitt and Emily Wiemers)

"If You Don't Like Your Job, Can You Always Quit? Pervasive Monopsony Power and Freedom in the Labor Market"Journal of Law and Political Economy. (with Suresh Naidu)

"The Decline in Lifetime Earnings Mobility: Evidence from Survey-Linked Administrative Data"Labour Economics, 78 (102170), 2022. (with Emily Wiemers)

"Racial Inequality Across Income Volatility and Employment"Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Economics and Finance, 2022. (with Bradley Hardy)

"The Role of Low Earnings in Differing Trends in Earnings Volatility"Economics Letters, 199, 2021. (with Emily Wiemers)

"Earnings Instability and Mobility Over Our Working Lives: Improving Short- and Long-Term Economic Well-Being for U.S. Workers", in Vision 2020: Evidence for a Stronger Economy, 2020. (with Emily Wiemers)