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Marigee Bacolod

Associate Professor
Manpower and Economics
Graduate School of Defense Management

Phone: (831) 656-3302


My research in labor economics focuses on three areas: (1) skills and its rewards in the U.S. labor market; (2) economics of education and human capital formation; and (3) related research in military context. Progress in these areas helps our understanding and promotion of multiple skill development and talent management. For instance, I study skill returns in cities, the gender wage gap, teacher quality, distance education, and military manpower quality.

At NPS, I teach courses and supervise theses in the M.S. in Management and MBA programs. Prior to joining NPS in 2014, I was Assistant Professor of Economics at University of California, Irvine, and was Adjunct Faculty at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. I earned my Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles, from where I also received my M.A. and B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) in Economics.
  • PhD - University of California-Los Angeles 2002
NPS Experience
  • 2014 - current: Associate Professor
Other Experience
  • 2012 - 2013 Adjunct Faculty, Orfalea College of Business, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • 2002 - 2010 Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, UC Irvine
Research Interests
Labor Economics, Urban Economics, Economics of Education
Teaching Interests
Labor Economics, Program Evaluation, Applied Econometrics


  • 2017 - Commendation for RADM John J. Schieffelin Award for Excellence in Teaching, NPS
  • 2006 - 2006-2007 Faculty Fellowship Grant, Haynes Foundation
  • 2006 - Jean Monnet Fellowship, European University Institute Centre for Advanced Studies
  • 2003 - AERA Research Grant
  • 2001 - Winner, Poster Awards, Population Association of America Annual Meetings
  • 1999 - Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, UCLA
  • 1997 - Edwin Pauley Fellowship, UCLA

Boards, Memberships, & Certifications

Professional Memberships
  • American Economic Association member

Scholarly Work

  • Technical Reports
  • Bacolod, M., & Seagren, C. W, (2019). Intangible Benefits in the Composition of the Marine Corps: An Occupation-Based Framework.
  • Papers
  • Bacolod, M. P., Urban Economics Association Annual Conference, "In Search of Better Opportunities: Sorting and Agglomeration in Colombia," Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, PA, United States. (October 1, 2019).
  • Bacolod, M. P. (Author & Presenter), Rangel, M. (Author), & Shen, Y. (Author), Association for Education Finance and Policy Annual Conference, "The effects of parental absence and workplace stress on children's educational outcomes," AEFP, MO, United States. (March 1, 2019).
  • Bacolod, M., Western Economic Association Annual Meetings, "Gender Composition in the US Marine Corps: An Occupation-Based Framework". (July 1, 2018).
  • Bacolod, M., Amherst College, "When Young Soldiers Drink: Impact of Legal Access to Alcohol on Indicators of Job Productivity," Department of Economics, MA, United States. (September 1, 2017).
  • Bacolod, M.,& Hartmann, L., American Economic Association Annual Meetings, "Why Does GI Joe Serve Longer Than GI Jane? Race and Gender Gaps in the US Military," IL, United States. (January 1, 2017).
  • Bacolod, M.,& Rangel, M. (Author), Population Association of America Annual Meetings, "Economic Assimilation and Skill Acquisition: Evidence from the Occupational Sorting of Childhood Immigrants," DC, United States. (March 1, 2016).
  • Posters
  • Bacolod, M.,Pema, E.,& Mehay, S. (Author), American Economic Association Annual Meetings, "Who Succeeds in Distance Learning? Evidence from Quantile Panel Data Estimation," CA, United States. (January 1, 2016).