Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Indiana University
306A Hyer Hall
Research and Teaching Interests
Economic Sociology, Political Sociology, Social Movements, Labor, Economic Development, Research Methods
My primary project is to examine what influences the passage of legislation to increase state minimum wage rates as well as to measure the effectiveness of these policies in reducing income inequality without reducing employment. I am also investigating differences in employment for U.S.-born and foreign born workers during the recent recession. Another project makes use of data collected with students to examine the expectations of participants in contemporary protest events. Finally, I regularly examine labor trends and economic policy to prepare research briefs.
Thompson, Michael F. Forthcoming. "State Revenue Collection through the Great Recession." Indiana Business Review
Thompson, Michael F. 2012. "Income Inequality." Indiana Business Review 87 (3)
Slaper, Timothy F., Nicholas J. Hart, Tanya J. Hall, and Michael F. Thompson. 2011. "A New Tool to Guide Economic Development: the Index of Innovation" Economic Development Quarterly 25:36-53
Thompson, Michael F. and Tanya J. Hall. 2010. "Do Teachers Have Education Degrees? Matching Fields of Study to Popular Occupations of Bachelor’s Degree Graduates." InContext 11 (1)
Thompson, Michael F. 2009. "Earnings of a Lifetime: Comparing Women and Men with College and Graduate Degrees." InContext 10 (2)
Thompson, Michael F. 2008. "Minimum Wage Impacts on Employment: A Look at Indiana, Illinois, and Surrounding Midwestern States." Indiana Business Review 83 (3).
Recent Grants and Awards
Grinnell College Committee for the Support of Faculty Scholarship Research Grant