Richard Paulsen, Ph.D.


Richard Paulsen
Assistant Professor of Economics

Ph.D. in Economics, Northeastern University

Master’s degree in Economics, Northeastern University

Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Mathematics, Utica College

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Dr. Paulsen joined Bloomsburg University in Fall 2020. Prior to joining BU he taught in the Department of Economics at the University of Vermont. He received his PhD in Economics from Northeastern University in 2019. Dr. Paulsen also received his Master’s degree in Economics from Northeastern University and completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Mathematics at Utica College.

Dr. Paulsen has research and teaching interests in the area of applied microeconomics, with a focus on labor market issues in arts, entertainment, and sports. He has taught several courses during and prior to his time at BU, including Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Business and Economic Statistics, Microeconomic Theory, Sports Economics, Health Economics, and Introduction to Econometrics.


  1. Arts Majors and the Great Recession: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of Educational Choices and Employment Outcomes – Available online at Journal of Cultural Economics.
  2. It’s a party in the MLB: An analysis of shirking between games in Major League Baseball – Available online at Journal of Sport Management.
  3. New Evidence in the Study of Shirking in Major League Baseball, Journal of Sport Management, vol. 35(4), 2021, pp. 285-294.
  4. Arts Majors as Entrepreneurs and Innovators, Small Business Economics, vol. 57(2), 2021, pp. 639-652. (with N. Alper and G. Wassall)
  5. Patterns of Buprenorphine/Nalaxone Prescribing: An Analysis of Claims Data from Massachusetts, The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, vol. 46(2), 2020, pp. 216-223. (with A. Modestino, G. Young, M. Alam, M. Hasan, L. Young)
  6. Reducing Inequality Summer by Summer: Lessons from an Evaluation of the Boston Summer Youth Employment Program, Evaluation and Program Planning, vol. 72, 2019, pp. 40-53. (with A. Modestino)
  7. Contract Options and Performance: The Case of Major League Baseball, Atlantic Economic Journal, vol. 46(4), 2018, pp. 379-388.