Douglas Webber

Professor Douglas WebberAssistant Professor
1301 Cecil B.
Ritter Annex 883
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102


Labor, Applied Econometrics, Education, Monopsony


Dr. Webber is currently an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Temple University and a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor.  He has published on a wide variety of topics in the fields of labor economics and the economics of higher education, including: earnings inequality, expenditures in higher education, the gender pay gap, the economic returns to college major, and student loan debt.  His research has appeared in scholarly journals such as Labour Economics, Industrial Relations, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and the Economics of Education Review, as well as other outlets such as the Chronicle of Higher Education.  He has testified in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on the topic of student loan policy and higher education finance.

Dr. Webber holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Florida, as well as Masters and Ph.D. Degrees in Economics from Cornell University.  Prior to joining Temple University, Dr. Webber worked as an economist at the Center for Economic Studies at the U.S. Census Bureau during the final two years of his graduate study at Cornell.

Selected Publications

  • “Are College Costs Worth It? How Individual Ability, Major Choice, and Debt Affect the Returns to Schooling” Economics of Education Review, Forthcoming.
  • “Firm-Level Monopsony and the Gender Pay Gap” Industrial Relations, 2016, 55(2): 323-345.
  • “Firm Market Power and the Earnings Distribution” Labour Economics, 2015, 35: 123-134.
  • “The Health Consequences of Employment Problems: Evidence from Panel Data” (with J. Catherine Maclean, Michael French, and Susan Ettner), Industrial Relations, 2015, 54(3): 478-498.
  • “The Impact of Work-Limiting Disability on Labor Force Participation” (with Melissa Bjelland), Health Economics, 2015, 24(3): 333-352.
  • “Workplace Problems, Mental Health and Substance Abuse: Evidence from Panel Data” (with J. Catherine Maclean and Michael French), Applied Economics, 2015, 47(9) February: 883-905.
  • “Is the return to education the same for everybody?” IZA World of Labor, 2014, 92: 1-10.
  • “The Lifetime Earnings Premia of Different Majors: Correcting for Selection Based on Cognitive, Noncognitive, and Unobserved Factors”, Labour Economics, 2014, 28: 14-23.
  • “An Application of Unconditional Quantile Regression to Cigarette Taxes” (with J. Catherine Maclean and Joachim Marti), Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 2014, 33(1): 188-210.
  • “Expenditures and Postsecondary Graduation: An Investigation Using Individual-Level Data from the State of Ohio”, Economics of Education Review, 2012, 31(5): 615-618.
  • “Do Expenditures Other Than Instructional Expenditures Affect Graduation and Persistence Rates in American Higher Education?” (with Ronald G. Ehrenberg), Economics of Education Review, 2010, 29(6): 947-958.
  • Senate Testimony on Risk Sharing

Courses Taught

  • Economics 1102 (Principles of Microeconomics, undergraduate)
  • Economics 8009 (Econometrics I, graduate)
  • Economics 8114 (Advanced Labor Economics, Graduate)