Michael D. Steinberger

Associate Professor of Economics
  • Expertise


    Michael Steinberger’s fields of research are Labor Economics, Macroeconomics and Political Economy.  His research has looked at gender, racial and sexual-orientation wage and hour differentials, income inequality and wage dispersion, and returns to college education. In 2010, his research showing the impact of the estate tax on same-sex couples was cited in the U.S. District Court decision that overturned Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriages in California, as unconstitutional.

    Research Interests

    • College Entrance and Graduation
    • College Wage Premium
    • Gender and Sexual Orientation Labor Supply and Wage Gaps
    • Income Inequality and Wage Dispersion
    • Local Government Taxation and Expenditures
    • Poverty
    • Racial Pay Differentials
    • Returns to Education

    Areas of Expertise


    • Labor Economics
    • Macroeconomics
    • Economics of Education
    • Political Economy
  • Work


    “Labor Supply Differences Between Married Heterosexual Women and Partnered Lesbians: A Semi-Parametric Decomposition Approach” (with Heather Antecol) Economic Inquiry. (2013)

    “Empirical Methods Used by Economist in the Analysis of International Immigration” (with Fernando Lozano) Handbook of Research Methods in Migration, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. (2011)

    “Federal Estate Tax Disadvantages for Same-Sex Couples” UCLA School of Law, Williams Institute Policy Report, November. (2009)

    “The Sexual Orientation Wage Gap: The Role of Occupational Sorting and Human Capital” (with Heather Antecol and Anneke Jong). Industrial and Labor Relations Review (2008), 61(4), 518-543.

  • Education


    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Bachelor of Arts
    University of California, Berkeley

    Recent Courses Taught

    • Labor Economics
    • Macroeconomic Theory
    • Poverty & Income Distribution
    • Principles of Macroeconomics
    • Senior Seminar in Economics
  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    Pomona College, Wig Distinguished Professor Awards for Excellence in Teaching, 2008 & 2013

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Economics Fellowship Award, Sloan Dissertation Fellowship, 1999-2004

    University of California at Berkeley; Highest Honors: Economics, Political Science, Statistics, 1999; Statistics Department Citation Award, 1999

    Phi Beta Kappa; 1998