Michael J. Osei

Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics



Pettengill Hall, Room 274



Michael Osei joined Bates College as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics in 2018. His research interests focus on the interactions between the financial sector and macroeconomic conditions and also on the regional economic dynamics in the housing and labor markets. Ongoing research explores heterogeneity and nonlinearity in the FDI-finance-growth nexus, threshold effects of housing prices on local employment multipliers, and the relative importance of higher educational attainment in achieving the American Dream of homeownership. More recent research contributions include papers on local employment multipliers, labor demand shock and housing prices, and homeownership among immigrants and minorities.

His teaching responsibilities include International Finance, Financial Management, Central Banking and the College Fed Challenge, and Principles of Macroeconomics.

Ph.D. in Economics, Oklahoma State University
M.S. in Economics, South Dakota State University
B.A. in Economics, University of Cape Coast

Fields of Interest:
International Economics, Financial Economics, and Applied Microeconomics

International capital flows, cross-border spillovers, local employment multipliers, regional economic dynamics in the housing and labor markets, homeownership in the US, threshold effects and convergence

Selected Publications:
“Heterogeneity in the local employment multipliers in the United States,” Growth and Change, 2019, 00:1-14, with Shruti Sengupta.

“Labor Demand Shocks and Housing Prices in the US: Does One Size Fit All?” Economic Development Quarterly, 2019, 33(3), 212-219, with John V. Winters.

“Which Immigrant and Minority Homeownership Rates Are Gaining Ground in the US?” Journal of Economics and Finance, 2019, 43(2), 273-297, with Durba Chakrabarty, John W. Winters, and Danyang Zhao.

“Seasonality and Stochastic Volatility in Wheat Options”, Journal of Economic Insight (formerly the Journal of Economics (MVEA)), 2015, 41(1), 1-20, with Zhiguang Wang.