Professional and Biographical Information


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1970)
B.A., Williams College (1964)
A.M. (honorary), Amherst College (1978)

Teaching Interests

I have taught many courses at Amherst. These have been of two types: core courses on microeconomics and econometrics, and elective courses in a number of applied areas such as health economics or social policy. Most recently I have begun teaching our advanced microeconomics core course and have found that to be very rewarding. I especially enjoy introducing students to the strange kinds of things that economists have tried to model. About ten years ago, I started teaching law and economics and find I really enjoy that topic. It provides the perfect match between interesting economic theory and important social questions. Another nice aspect of teaching law and economics is that it provides a good venue for seminar discussions in which I can encourage students to speak accurately about economics.

Awards and Honors

Woodrow Wilson Fellowship: 1964-66

Scholarly and Professional Activities

2001- Consultant, Human Resources Development Canada

1994-1997 Board of Directors, Mathematica Incorporated

1973- Senior Fellow, Mathematica Policy Research

1982-1983 Visiting Scholar, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan

1980-1989 Board of Examiners, Graduate Record Examination in Economics (Chair, 1986-89)

1982-1984 Senior Fellow, Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation

1976-1977 Visiting Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley


Walter Nicholson's Website

Research for the U.S. Department of Labor is available at the Employment and Training Administration Web site

Research in conjunction with Mathematica, Inc is indexed at the Mathematics Policy Research, Inc Web site

Some of Walter Nicholson's ongoing research in Canada



See also: Research Interests and Selected Publications

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