Michael K. Kuehlwein

George E. and Nancy O. Moss Professor of Economics; On leave Fall 2023
With Pomona Since: 1987
  • Expertise


    Michael Kuehlwein researches the effects of transportation and communication technology on British India. 

    Research Interests

    His research has focused on theories of consumer spending and saving, the effects of budget deficits on interest rates, the impact of railroads, telegraphs, and post offices on market integration in 19th century India, why Americans over-withhold federal income taxes, and the impact of the minimum wage on LA's garment industry.

    Areas of Expertise

    The effect of railways on British India.

  • Work


    "Railways and Trade in 19th-Century India." Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian Commercial History. Ed. David Ludden. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming. 

    “Post Offices and British Indian Grain Price Convergence”, with Tahir Andrabi and Sheetal Bharat, Economic History of Developing Regions, 35 (1), 2020: 23-49. 

    "Reexamining Income Tax Overwithholding as a Response to Uncertainty,” with Ashvin Gandhi, Public Finance Review, 44, 220-44, March 2016.

    "Railways and Price Dispersion in British India," with Tahir Andrabi, Journal of Economic History, Vol. 79, 351-77, June 2010.

    "Budget Deficits, Public Spending, and Interest Rates in Thailand," with Sansern Samalapa, Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, 3, 325-47, 2004.

    "Evidence on the Substitutability between Government Purchases and Consumer Spending within Specific Spending Categories," Economics Letters, 58, 325-329, March 1998

    "A Close Look at Dissaving in the Longitudinal Retirement History Survey," Review of Income and Wealth, 161-176, June 1995

    "The Non-Equalization of True Gift and Estate Tax Rates," Journal of Public Economics, 319-23, February 1994

    "Life-cycle and Altruistic Theories of Saving with Lifetime Uncertainty," Review of Economics and Statistics, 38-47, February 1993

    "The National Bank Note Controversy Reexamined," Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, 111-26, February 1992

    "A Test for the Presence of Precautionary Saving," Economics Letters, 37, 471-75, December 1991.

  • Education


    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Bachelor of Arts
    Swarthmore College

    Recent Courses Taught

    • Advanced Macroeconomic Theory
    • Principles: Macroeconomics
    • Technology and Growth
  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    Randolph Haynes Foundation Fellowship, 2019

    Pomona College, Wig Distinguished Professorship Award for Excellence in Teaching: 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2017.

    National Science Foundation, Research Fellowship, 1991