Eric Nielsen

Principal Economist, Federal Reserve Board


The Income-Achievement Gap and Adult Outcome Inequality (Supplemental Appendix), Journal of Human Resources (accepted).

Domicolo, Carly and Eric Nielsen (2022). "Male-Female Achievement Variance Comparisons are not Robust," Economics Letters, vol 220, pp. 110853.

Macartney, Hugh, Eric Nielsen, and Viviana Rodriguez (2021). "Unequal Worker Exposure to Establishment Deaths," Labour Economics, vol. 73 (December).

Cunha, Flavio, Eric Nielsen, and Benjamin Williams (2021). "The Econometrics of Early Childhood Human Capital and Investments," Annual Review of Economics. vol. 13, pp. 487-513.

Gallin, Joshua H., Raven Molloy, Eric Nielsen, Paul Smith, and Kamila Sommer (2021). "Measuring Aggregate Housing Wealth: New Insights from Machine Learning," Journal of Housing Economics. vol. 51 (March).

Batty, Michael, Jesse Bricker, Joseph Briggs, Sarah Friedman, Danielle Nemschoff, Eric Nielsen, Kamila Sommer, and Alice Henriques Volz (forthcoming). "The Distributional Financial Accounts of the United States," in Measuring and Understanding the Distribution and Intra/Inter-Generational Mobility of Income and Wealth, (University of Chicago Press).

Nielsen, Eric R. (2017). "Human Capital and Wealth before and after Capital in the Twenty-First Century," in Heather Boushey, J. Bradford DeLong, and Marshall Steinbaum, eds., After Piketty: The Agenda for Economics and Inequality, (Harvard University Press).

Hortacsu, Ali, and Eric R. Nielsen (2010). "Commentary: Do Bids Equal Values on eBay?" Marketing Science, vol. 29, no. 6, pp. 994-997.

Working Papers


Correcting for Endogeneity in Models with Bunching (code) (with Carolina and Gregorio Caetano), RR JBES

A Dummy Test of Exogeneity in Models with Bunching (FEDS 2021-68)(with Carolina Caetano, Gregorio Caetano, and Hao Fe), Under Review

Identification and Estimation of Average Marginal Treatment Effects with a Bunching Design (with Carolina Caetano and Gregorio Caetano) *NEW*

Partial Identification of Treatment Effects Using Bunching (with Carolina Caetano and Gregorio Caetano)

How Sensitive are Standard Statistics to the Choice of Scale (Previously: Achievement Gap Estimates and Deviations From Cardinal Comparability)

Human Capital and Psychometrics

Test Questions, Economic Outcomes, and Inequality (Education Next Podcast), Under Review

Is the Greater Variability in Achievement for Males a Psychometric Artifact? Under Review

The Variance of Achievement Increases During Childhood

Child Development

The Effect of Maternal Labor Supply on Children: Evidence from Bunching (with Carolina Caetano, Gregorio Caetano, and Viviane Sanfelice), RR JOLE

Are Children Spending Too Much Time on Enrichment Activities? (with Carolina and Gregorio Caetano) (previous title: Should Children do More Enrichment Activities? Leveraging Bunching to Correct for Engogeneity) Under Review

Labor, Inequality, and Miscellaneous

Why Do Workers from Low-Income Backgrounds Earn Less as Adults? (with Md Shahadath Hossain and David Slichter)

The Effect of Retirement on Health (with Carolina Caetano, Gregorio Caetano, and Hao Fe)

Introducing the Distributional Financial Accounts of the United States (with Michael Batty, Jesse Bricker, Elizabeth Holmquist, Susan McIntosh, Kevin Moore, Sarah Reber, Molly Shatto, Kamila Sommer, Tom Sweeney, and Alice Henriques Volz) (Feds WP 2019-017)

The Effect of Housing on Fertility and Family Formation: Evidence from Russia

Information and Entry with High-Frequency Trading

Parental Investment, Skill-Biased Technical Change, and Inequality

Policy Writing

Updating the Distributional Financial Accounts (with Mike Batty, Kamila Sommer, Alice Volz, Sarah Friedman, Ella Deeken, Jesse Bricker, and Sarah Reber) (Feds Note 2020-11-9)

How Do Children Spend Their Time? Time Use and Skill Development in the PSID (with Hannah Hall) (Feds Note 2020-5-26)

How Can We Measure the Value of a Home? Comparing Model-Based Estimates with Owner-Occupant Estimates (with Raven Molloy) (Feds Note 2018-10-11)

A New Measure of Housing Wealth in the Financial Accounts of the United States (with Hannah Hall and Kamila Sommer) (Feds Note 2018-09-28)


Identifying Causal Effects in Experiments with Spillovers and Non-Complience (DiTraglia, Garcia-Jimeno, O'Keeffe-O'Donovan, Sanchez-Becerra) (2021)

Latent Heterogeneity in the Marginal Propensity to Consumer (Lewis, Melcangi, Pilossoph) (2020)

APPAM Session on Test Scores, Inequality, and Measurement (2019)

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