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Monica Galizzi

Monica Galizzi, Ph.D. Chair of Economics, Professor


Labor economics, the economics of disability, applied econometrics, scholarship of teaching and learning

Research Interest

Monica Galizzi’s field of specialization is labor economics.  She also has interests in the areas of health and behavioral economics.  Her research has focused on labor mobility and on the socio-economic outcomes of occupational injuries.  She has written on the role played by wages, workers’ status, career perspectives and gender in explaining differences in labor market attachment.  She has also published on the return-to-work patterns of injured workers and on the different earnings and wealth losses experienced by male and female injured workers. Some of her recent research has focused on the problem of underreporting of workplace injuries and on the challenges of using both quantitative and qualitative data. Her current research is focusing on the relationship between occupational injuries and personal bankruptcy as well as on the effect that an occupational accident has on spouses’ and children’s wellbeing. She is also active in research in the economics of education to assess the effectiveness of innovations in teaching methods.

Educational Background

“Laurea in Economia e Commercio”, Università Cattolica of Milan, 1986
Dottorato di Ricerca in Politica Economica,  Università Cattolica, Bocconi and Statale of Milan, 1990
Ph.D. in Economics, Boston University, 1994
Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, University of Limburg, The Netherlands, 1994


Monica Galizzi is Chair and Professor in the Department of Economics and a Senior Associate of the Center for Women & Work at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She was born and raised in Piacenza, Italy and came to the U.S. in 1987 to further pursue her studies. She holds an Italian Doctorate of Research in Economic Policy and a Ph.D. in Economics from Boston University. Prior to joining the University of Massachusetts Lowell, she worked at the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) and at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

She has published numerous monographs and articles in peer-reviewed journals. At UML she has been involved (as a PI or co-investigator) in several interdisciplinary projects including some federally funded research grants. In 2007 she won the Eckstein Prize established by the Eastern Economic Association and awarded biennially to the article in the Eastern Economic Journal judged to be best over that period. In 2008 she received the Teaching Innovation Program (TIP) Certificate of Achievement awarded by the American Economic Association Committee on Economic Education. In 2012 she was nominated a new member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

At UMass Lowell Professor Galizzi teaches classes in Principles of Micro and Macro Economics, Labor Economics and Health Economics. She is a member of the leadership team of the Center for Women and Work and serves in several committees at the Department, College, and University level.