- Professor of Economics, Ada M. Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Social Sciences, Chair of Economics, Economics
Nathan is a labor economist with particular interests in how family background--from family income to number of siblings--shapes educational and employment outcomes. Many of his works study whether access to financial resources significantly limit these important measures of success. Most recently, Nathan has been forecasting the effects of recent demographic changes (an increasing Hispanic population, migration to the Southwest, and a dramatic drop in the birth rate since the onset of the financial crisis of 2008) on the demand for higher education in the US in aggregate and by geographic region to determine what shifts in investments the country must consider to meet that changing demand.
Nathan has participated in the leadership of Carleton's Quantitative Inquiry, Reasoning, and Knowledge (QuIRK) initiative and has shared what Carleton has learned through this initiative through invited talks and led professional development workshops at dozens of colleges and universities across the US and Canada.
Education & Professional History
St. Olaf College, BA 1996
University of Chicago, MA, PhD. 2001
At Carleton since 1999.
Highlights & Recent Activity
Bourne, Jenny and Nathan D. Grawe 2015. “How Broad Liberal Arts Training Produces PhD Economists: Carleton's Story,” Journal of Economic Education, 46(2):166-173.Grawe, Nathan D. Forthcoming.
Carpenter, Scott D.; Nathan D. Grawe; Susan Jaret McKinstry; and Louis E. Newman. 2015. “Creating a Culture Conducive to Integrative Learning,” Peer Review, 16/17(4/1): 14-15.
Grawe, Nathan D. 2014. “Toward a Numerate Citizenry: A Progress Report,” Peer Review, 16(3): 31.
__________. 2013. “Does Completion of Quantitative Courses Predict Better Quantitative Reasoning-in-Writing Proficiency?” Numeracy, 6(2): Article 11.
__________. 2010. “Primary and Secondary School Quality and Intergenerational Earnings Mobility.” Journal of Human Capital, 4(4): 331-364.
__________. 2010. “Bequest Receipt and Family Size Effects.” Economic Inquiry, 48(1): 156-162.
__________, Neil S. Lutsky, and Christopher J. Tassava. 2010. “A Rubric for Assessing Quantitative Reasoning in Written Arguments.” Numeracy, 3(1): Article 3.
__________. 2007. “A Simulation of Counter-Cyclical Intervention: Lessons in Practice.” Journal of Economic Education, 13(4): 371-392.
__________. 2006. “The Extent of Lifecycle Bias in Estimates of Intergenerational Earnings Persistence.” Labour Economics, 13(5): 551-570.
__________. 2004. “Reconsidering the Use of Nonlinearities in Intergenerational Earnings Mobility as a Test for Credit Constraints.” Journal of Human Resources, 39(3): 813-827.
__________. 2004. “The 3-Day Week of 1974 and Earnings Data Reliability in the Family Expenditure Survey and the National Child Development Study.” Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 66(4): 567-579.
__________ and Casey B. Mulligan. 2002. “Economic Interpretations of Intergenerational Correlations.” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 16(3):45-58.
“Quantitative Inquiry, Reasoning, and Knowledge in Student Writing.” 2007-2011. National Science Foundation (#DUE-0717604), $499,994.
“Developing a Community of Assessment, Awareness, and Professional Development for Quantitative Reasoning.” 2009-2011. National Science Foundation (Supplemental to #DUE-0717604), $67,351.
“Quantitative Reasoning across the Curriculum: Completing the Cultural Change.” 2008-2011. W.M. Keck Foundation, $300,000.
Courses Taught This Year
- ECON 400: Integrative Exercise (Fall 2016)
- ECON 330: Intermediate Price Theory (Fall 2016)
- ECON 400: Integrative Exercise (Winter 2017)
- ECON 330: Intermediate Price Theory (Winter 2017)
- ECON 400: Integrative Exercise (Spring 2017)
- ECON 395: Advanced Topics in Macroeconomics (Fall 2017)
- ECON 400: Integrative Exercise (Fall 2017)
- ECON 110: Principles of Macroeconomics (Fall 2017)