Monica Galizzi is the Chair of the Economics Department at UMass Lowell.

Monica Galizzi, Ph.D.


College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Economics, Climate Change Initiative, Center for Women & Work
Health & Social Sciences Building 343


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

Research Interests

Labor economics, the economics of disability, and applied econometrics.

Monica Galizzis 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 well being.


  • Ph D: Economics, (1994), Boston University - Boston, MA
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Mobility, Labor Reallocation and Wages
  • MS: Political Economy, (1990), Boston University - Boston, MA
  • Other, (1990), Universita Cattolica Bocconi and Universita Statale - Milan, Italy
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: An Analysis of Rural Labor Contracts in Developing Countries
  • Other, (1986), Universita Cattolica - Milan, Italy


Monica Galizzi is a 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.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Who's Who in America (2015)
  • Who's Who in American Education (2015)
  • Who's Who in Finance and Business (2015)
  • Member (2012) - National Academy of Social Insurance
  • Economics Department Teaching Award (2008) - Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Teaching Innovation Program (TIP) Certificate of Achievement (2008) - American Economic Association Committee on Economic Education
  • Eckstein Prize for best article on Eastern Economic Journal (2007) - Eastern Economic Association
  • Economics Department Teaching Award (2003) - Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • WhoÍs Who of American Women (1997)
  • Fellowship (1993) - International Centre for Economic Research
  • Ezio Tarantelli Award (1988)

Selected Publications

  • Galizzi, M., Leombruni, R., Pacelli, L. (2019). Successful return to work during labor market liberalization: the case of Italian injured workers. Journal for Labour Market Research, 53(1) 9.
  • Boden, L.I., Galizzi, M. (2017). Blinded by Moral Hazard Comment. Rutgers University Law Review, 69(3) 1213-32.
  • Hillier, A.J., Galizzi, M., Ferrante, K. (2017). Healthcare experiences of young adults with autism spectrum disorder. Advances in Autism, 3(4) 206--219.
  • Galizzi, M., Leombruni, R., Pacelli, L., Bena, A. (2016). Injured Workers and Their Return to Work. Beyond Individual Disability and Economic Incentives . Evidence - Based HRM, 4(1) 2-29.
  • Merriman, K.K., Turner, L., Galizzi, M., HaynesBaratz, . (2016). Pay Mix Policies as (Dis)incentives in Motivated Job Choice Decisions. Translational Issues in Psychological Science, 2(2) 184-191.
  • Galizzi, M., Humberd, B., Merriman, K. (2016). Mind The Pay Gap: Waging The Battle For Women’s Worth. Cognoscenti, WBUR
  • Galizzi, M., Tempesti, T. (2015). Workers’ Risk Tolerance and Occupational Injuries. Risk Analysis, 35(10) 1858-1875.
  • Galizzi, M. (2014). Bringing Adam Smith’s Pin Factory to Life: Field Trips and Discussions as Forms of Experiential Learning. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 14(5) 27-47.
  • Hillier, A., Galizzi, M. (2014). Employment Outcomes for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 10(1) 69-82.
  • Galizzi, M., Leombruni, R., Pacelli, L., Bena, A., Piemonte, E. (2014). Wages and return to work of injured workers (Working Paper no. 139). LABORatorio R. Revelli, Centre for Employment Studies
  • Galizzi, M. (2013). On the Recurrence of Occupational Injuries and Workers' Compensation Claims. Health Economics, 22 582-599.
  • Galizzi, M. (2011). Firms’ Perceptions of Health and Environmental Hazards and Regulations: Evidence from a Survey of US Nanotechnology Companies. Journal of Applied Business and Economics, 12(6) 70--82.
  • Galizzi, M. (2010). An assessment of the impact of online quizzes and textbook resources on students’ learning. International Review of Economics Education, 9(1) 31--43.
  • Galizzi, M., Miesmaa, P., Punnett, L., Slatin, C. (2010). Injured Workers Underreporting in the Health Care Industry: An Analysis Using Quantitative, Qualitative, and Observational Data. Industrial Relations, 49(1) 22-43.
  • Galizzi, M., Zagorsky, J.L. (2009). How Do On-The-Job Injuries and Illnesses Impact Wealth? Labour Economics, 16(1) 26-36.
  • Boyer, J., Galizzi, M., Cifuentes, M., d'Errico, A., Gore, R., Punnett, L., Slatin, C. (2009). Ergonomic and socioeconomic risk factors for hospital workers' compensation injury claims. American journal of industrial medicine, 52(7) 551-62.
  • Galizzi, M. (2005). Mobility, Relative Wages and Wage Growth: An Analysis of the Italian Labor Market in the Early 1980s (410:). FrancoAngeli
  • Galizzi, M. (2005). Wage Changes, Establishment Growth, and the Effect of Composition Bias. Eastern Economic Journal, 31(2) 165-184.
  • Boden, L.I., Galizzi, M. (2003). Income losses of women and injured at work. Journal of Human Resources, 38(3) 722-757.
  • Galizzi, M., Boden, L.I. (2003). The Return to Work of Injured Workers: Evidence from Matched Unemployment Insurance and Workers' Compensation Data. Labour Economics, 10(3) 311-337.
  • Galizzi, M. (2001). Gender and Labor Attachment: Do Within-Firms' Relative Wages Matter? Industrial Relations, 40(4).
  • Gotz, G.A., Liu, T., Galizzi, M. (2000). Predictors of multiple workers' compensation claims in Wisconsin. Worker Compensation
  • Boden, L.I., Galizzi, M. (1999). Economic Consequences of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses: Lost Earnings and Benefit Adequacy. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 36(5) 487-503.
  • Galizzi, M., Lang, K. (1998). Relative wages, wage growth, and quit behavior. Journal of Labor Economics, 16(2) 367--390.
  • Galizzi, M. (1996). Income Replacement in Tennessee (12:1). WCRI Research Brief
  • Galizzi, M. (1995). Income Replacement in Indiana (11:3). WCRI Research Brief
  • Galizzi, M. (1995). Income Replacement in Oklahoma (11:2). WCRI Research Brief
  • Galizzi, M. (1995). Income Replacement in Virginia (11:1). WCRI Research Brief