Owen Thompson

Department of Economics
University ofWisconsin, Milwaukee
Bolton Hall 878
Milwaukee, WI 53211
(414) 229-4429

Curriculum Vitae

Welcome. I am an assistant professor of economics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee .

My primary research areas are health economics, labor economics, and the economics of education. I am particularly interested in intergenerational mobility, racial disparities in health and labor market outcomes, and how early childhood experiences contribute to subsequent socioeconomic well being.

A CV is posted above, and below are copies of my articles and working papers.






Genetic Mechanisms in the Intergenerational Transmission of Health (2014). Journal of Health Economics. 35(3), 132-146.

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Economic Background and Educational Attainment: The Role of Gene-Environment Interactions (2014). Journal of Human Resources. 49(2), 263-294.

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Racial Disparities in the Cognition-Health Relationship (2011). Journal of Health Economics. 30(2), 328-339.


The Estimated Cost Impact of Privatizing Student Transportation in Minnesota School Districts (2011). Public Choice. 146(3-4), 319-339.



Working Papers


Discrimination and Racial Differences in Parenting: Evidence from the Civil Rights Movement


Nurse Unions and Patient Outcomes (Arindrajit Dube and Ethan Kaplan)


Drug Policy and Intergenerational Mobility in the United States


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Educational Mobility in Three Generations of American Women (with Sarah Kroeger)


Gene-Environment Interaction in the Intergenerational Transmission of Health: The Case of Asthma


Access to Medical Care and the Intergenerational Transmission of Asthma: Evidence from Medicaid and CHIP Expansions