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University of Nebraska–Lincoln


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Brenden Timpe

Assistant Professor of Economics
HLH 525 W
P.O. Box 880489
Lincoln, NE 68588-0489
(402) 472-2319
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Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2019
M.A., University of Michigan, 2015
B.A., University of North Dakota, 2004
Areas of Expertise
  • Labor Economics
  • Public Economics
  • Economic Demography
  • Assistant Professor, 2019

Brenden Timpe is an assistant professor of economics at the University of Nebraska. He received his Ph.D. in 2019 from the University of Michigan and his B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of North Dakota. His research focuses on labor economics, public policy, and economic demography.

Personal website

“When Sarah Meets Lawrence: The Effects of Coeducation on Women’s College Major Choices” (with Ariel J. Binder, Avery Calkins, and Dana Shaat). Forthcoming, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics

“Prep School for Poor Kids: The Long-Run Impact of Head Start on Human Capital and Economic Self-Sufficiency” (with Martha J. Bailey and Shuqiao Sun). American Economic Review, December 2021, 111(12), 3963-4001.

“Weathering, Drugs, and Whack-a-Mole: Fundamental and Proximate Causes of Widening Educational Inequity in U.S. Life Expectancy by Sex and Race, 1990-2015” (with Arline T. Geronimus, John Bound, Timothy A. Waidmann, and Javier M. Rodriguez). Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 2019, 60(2), 222-239.

“The Effects of Parental Medicaid Expansions on Children’s Health Insurance Coverage” (with Sarah Hamersma and Matthew Kim). Contemporary Economic Policy, April 2019, 37(2), 297-311.

  • Co-Best Article Award for 2019 from Contemporary Economic Policy

“Hope for America’s Next Generation” (with Martha J. Bailey). Science 253(6286), May 2016.

Graduate Courses

Labor Economics (ECON 981) - A graduate-level survey of the theoretical foundations and empirical methods of labor economics.

Public Economics (ECON 977) - A graduate-level course on empirical welfare analysis, social insurance, education, and other topics related to public economics.

Undergraduate Courses

Economic Data Visualization and Analysis (ECON 315) - Gain hands-on experience collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and visualizing data from various sources and on a variety of economic topics.

Economics of the Labor Market (ECON 481) - An introduction to the study of labor markets, incorporating insights from theory and empirical research. Labor supply and demand, the effect of the minimum wage and other policies, compensation wage differentials, education and human capital, wage inequailty, discrimination, and other topics.

Teaching Interests
  • Labor economics
  • Public economics
  • Economic demography