Mark Joseph Stelzner
Associate Professor of Economics
Joined Connecticut College: 2015
M.A., University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts
For the last few years, Mark Stelzner has been working on better understanding income inequality in the United States. He has conducted research on the evolution of labor laws during the Gilded Age and over the last forty years, the relationship between labor laws and inequality, the income shares of top earners in the late 1860s, the connection between support for workers and technological change, the evolution of antitrust administration since the 1960s, the link between inequality and politics, the connection between monopsony power and wage discrimination between like workers of different race, ethnicities, and gender groups, and the degree to which Americans have overpaid for private medical care. His work has been featured in the Economist, the Nation, the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, the Center for American Progress, History, and other venues.
Recent academic publications and working papers:
- Stelzner, M. and Beckert, S. (2021). The Contribution of Enslaved Workers to Output and Growth in Antebellum America in the Antebellum United States. Working paper at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.
- Stelzner, M. and Bahn, K. (2021). Wage Discrimination and Monopsony Power. The Review of Black Political Economy.
- Stelzner, M. (2021). Growth, Consumption, and Happiness: Modeling the Easterlin Paradox. Journal of Happiness Studies.
- Stelzner, M. and Paul, M. (2020). Monopsony and Collective Action in an Institutional Context. Review of Social Economy.
- Stelzner, M. and Nam, D. (2020). The Big Cost of Big Medicine: Calculating the Rent in Private Healthcare. Review of Social Economy.
- Stelzner, M. and Chaturvedi, M. (2020). Deregulating Antitrust Policy. Cambridge Journal of Economics.
- Stelzner, M. (2020). Slavery and Capitalism. Labor History.
- Stelzner, M., Hoyt, E., and Toushita, R. (2020). Structured Conflict: Changes in Federal and State Labor. Working paper: Political Economy Research Center.
- Stelzner, M. (2018). The labor injunction and peonage—how changes in labor laws increased inequality during the Gilded Age. Journal of Post Keynesian Economics.
Recent popular articles and policy papers:
- Bahn, K. and Stelzner, M. (2020). How racial and gendered pay discrimination persists under monopsony in the United States. Washington Center for Equitable Growth.
- Paul, M. and Stelzner, M. (2019). Rethinking collective action and U.S. labor laws in a monopsonistic economy. Washington Center for Equitable Growth.
Contact Mark Joseph Stelzner
Mark Joseph Stelzner
Box # ECONOMICS/Winthrop Hall
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320
Winthrop Hall 307