Nolan Kopkin

Nolan Kopkin

Assistant Professor

Mitchell Hall 214E
(414) 229-4155


Ph.D., Cornell University

Research Interests:

Labor and education issues including discrimination in and out of the labor market, demographic differences in wages, education, self-employment, and access to credit markets, the impact of political parties on labor outcomes, labor migration, and program evaluation using econometric techniques

Teaching Interests:

The economic problems of black business, demographic differences and discrimination in the labor market, statistics, econometrics, and program analysis

Courses Taught:

Africology 326: The Economic Problems of Black Business
Africology 329: Economic Growth and Sustainable Development in Africa
Africology 701: Theories and Methods in Empirical Research in Africology
Africology 880: Seminar on Issues in Africology: Advanced Methods in Empirical Research in Africology

Selected Publications:

Tax Avoidance: How Income Tax Rates Affect the Labor Migration Decisions of NBA Free Agents. Journal of Sports Economics 13(6); 571-602.

You’re Fired!: The Impact of Race on the Firing of Black Head Coaches in Major College Football. The Review of Black Political Economy (Forthcoming, available Online First at

Working Papers:

Does Discrimination Affect Black Entrepreneurship?: Evidence Exploiting Spatial Differences in Prejudicial Attitudes

Evidence of Discrimination against Blacks in the Market for Home Loans Exploiting Spatial Differences in Prejudicial Attitudes

How the Nutritional Content of School Provided Meals Affects Student Outcomes (w/Mirinda Martin and Danielle Hollar)

Work in Progress:

Substantive Representation and Black Congressmen

Congressional Elections and Labor Market Outcomes

Cross-Race Bias against College Football Players