Gregory Niemesh

Assistant Professor



Academic Background

  • Ph.D., Economics, Vanderbilt University, 2012
  • B.A., Economics, DePauw University, 2004

Academic & Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Miami University, 2013-Present
  • National Bureau of Economic Research, Faculty Research Fellow (DAE), 2017
  • Senior Lecturer, Vanderbilt University, 2012 - 2013
  • Research Assistant, Vanderbilt University, 2011 - 2012
  • Instructor, Vanderbilt University, 2010 - 2011
  • Teaching Assistant, Vanderbilt University, 2008 - 2010
  • Economist, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2004 - 2007

Recent Publications

  • "Ironing Out Deficiencies: Evidence from the United States on the Economic Effects of Iron Deficiency" Journal of Human Resources, Fall 2015, 50:910-958.
  • "Revisiting the Great Compression: Wage inequality in the United States, 1940-1960" (with Taylor Jaworksi, UC-Boulder). Historical Methods, 2018, 51(1):39-48.
  • "Unions and the Great Compression of wage inequality in the US at mid-century: evidence from local labour markets" (with William J. Collins). Economic History Review, Forthcoming 2018.
  • "Revising Infant Mortality Rates for the Early 20th Century United States" (with Katherine Eriksson and Melissa Thomasson). Demography, Forthcoming Dec. 2018.
  • "Improvements in Health and the Organization and Development of Health Care and Health Insurance Markets." (with Melissa Thomasson) in Handbook of Cliometrics, eds. Claude Diebolt and Michael Haupert. Berlin: Springer. (2018).
  • "Medical Education Reforms and the Origins of the Rural Physician Shortage " (with Carolyn Moehling, Melissa Thomasson, and Jaret Treber). Cliometrica, Forthcoming 2019.

Honors & Awards

  • Honors Student Council Faculty of the Year Award, 2018
  • Richard K. Smucker Teaching Excellence Award: Outstanding Junior Professor, Farmer School of Business, 2017
  • Arthur H. Cole Grant in Aid, Economic History Association, 2014
  • John E. Rovensky Fellowship, University of Illinois Foundation, 2011-2012
  • Noel Dissertation Fellowship, Vanderbilt University, 2011
  • College of Arts & Science Summer Research Award, Vanderbilt University, 2011


  • Economic History
  • Labor Economics
  • Health Economics


My research agenda focuses on the intersection of health economics, labor economics, and economic history. In particular, I am motivated to understand how nutrition, health status, human capital, and labor productivity have interacted with one another over the long run of modern economic development. This entails drawing on core concepts in labor and health economics, as well as medical research and economic and social history. It also entails careful attention to issues of causal inference when trying to isolate specific relationships of interest.


  • SPRING 2020
  • ECO 315 B TR 10:05-11:25, FSB 1006
  • ECO 315 D TR 11:40-1:00, FSB 1006
Gregory Niemesh

Contact Information

Office Hours

  • TR 2:00-3:30
  • W 2:30-3:30
  • And by appointment


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