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Marigee Bacolod

Associate Professor
Manpower and Economics

Phone: (831) 656-3302


Marigee Bacolod is an Associate Professor of Economics in the Department of Defense Management at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). A labor economist, her research focuses on skills and its rewards in the labor market, and economics of education, including applications to the U.S. military. She has published articles in the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, and Demography. Her research has been featured in media outlets such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, and on National Public Radio.

At NPS, she teaches courses and supervises theses in the M.S. in Management and MBA programs. She is also Academic Associate for the Manpower Systems Analysis curriculum and a Research Faculty Affiliate at UCLA’s California Center for Population Research. Prior to joining NPS in 2014, she was Assistant Professor of Economics at UC Irvine, Adjunct faculty at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Consultant for The World Bank and other NGOs. She earned her Ph.D. in Economics from UCLA, from where she also received her 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

  • Book Chapters
  • Bacolod, M., Blum, B., & Strange, W, Skills in the City. Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • 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).