Robert K. Triest
Robert K. Triest
Vice President and Economist

Research

email  Robert.Triest@bos.frb.org

617-973-3431

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Primary fields of research

Labor economics, public finance

Publications

Refereed journal articles

"The Changing Consequences of Unemployment for Household Finances," with William T. Dickens and Rachel B. Sederberg. 2017. RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences 3(3): 202–221.

"Population Aging, Labor Demand, and the Structure of Wages," with Michael Papadopoulos and Margarita Patria. 2017. The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance-Issues and Practice 42(3): 453–474.

"Introduction: Inequality of Economic Opportunity," with Katharine Bradbury. 2016.
RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences 2(2): 1–43.

"Inequality of Opportunity and Aggregate Economic Performance," with Katharine Bradbury. 2016. RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences 2(2), 178–201.

"Potential Effects of the Great Recession on the US Labor Market," with William T. Dickens. 2012. BE Journal of Macroeconomics 12(3): 1–41.

"An Economic Analysis of the 2011 Settlement between the Department of Justice and Credit Card Networks," with Scott Schuh, Oz Shy, and Joanna Stavins. 2012. Journal of Competition Law and Economics 8(1): 107–144.

"A TIPS Scorecard: Are They Accomplishing Their Objectives?" with Michelle L. Barnes, Zvi Bodie, and J. Christina Wang. 2010. Financial Analysts Journal 66(5): 68–84.

"Optimal Retirement Asset Decumulation Strategies: The Role of Housing Wealth," with Wei Sun and Anthony Webb. 2008. Asia Pacific Journal of Risk and Insurance 3(1): 123–149.

"Job Creation, Job Destruction, and the Real Exchange Rate," with Michael Klein and Scott Schuh. 2003. Journal of International Economics 59(2): 239–265.

"Has Poverty Gotten Worse?" 1998. Journal of Economic Perspectives 12(1): 97–114.

"Econometric Issues in Estimating the Behavioral Response to Taxation: A Non-Technical Introduction." 1998. National Tax Journal 1(4): 761–772.

"The Relationship between Federal and State Individual Income Tax Progressivity," with Charles Scott. 1993. National Tax Journal 46(2): 95–108.

"The Effect of Income Taxation on Labor Supply When Deductions Are Endogenous." 1992. Review of Economics and Statistics 74(1): 91–99.

"The Effect of Income Taxation on Labor Supply in the United States." 1990. Journal of Human Resources 25: 491–516.

"The Relationship between the Marginal Cost of Public Funds and Marginal Excess Burden." 1990. American Economic Review 80: 557–566 (1990); Japanese translation published in 1991 in Kosokudoro to Jidosha 32(10): 49–53 and 34(11): 52–55.

"Alternative Methods for CPS Income Imputation,"with M. David, R. Little, and M. Samuhel. 1986. Journal of the American Statistical Association 81: 29-41.

Books and book chapters

Labor Supply in the New Century, edited with Katharine Bradbury and Christopher L. Foote. 2008. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Conference Series No. 52.
"U.S. Labor Supply in the Twenty-First Century," with Katharine Bradbury and Christopher L. Foote.

The Macroeconomics of Fiscal Policy, edited with Richard W. Kopcke and Geoffrey M. B. Tootell. 2006. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
"Introduction: The Macroeconomics of Fiscal Policy," with Richard W. Kopcke and Geoffrey M. B. Tootell.

Job Creation, Job Destruction, and International Competition, with Michael W. Klein and Scott Schuh. 2003. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

Seismic Shifts: The Economic Impact of Demographic Change, edited with Jane Sneddon Little. 2001. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Conference Series No. 46.
"Seismic Shifts: The Economic Impact of Demographic Change. An
Overview," with Jane Sneddon Little.
"The Impact of Demographic Change on U.S. Labor Markets," with Jane
Sneddon Little.

Social Security Reform: Links to Saving, Investment, and Growth, edited with Steven A. Sass. 1997. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Conference Series No. 41.
"Social Security Reform: An Overview."
"Social Security: How Social and Secure Should It Be?" with Steven A. Sass.

"Fundamental Tax Reform and Labor Supply," in Economic Effects of Fundamental Tax Reform, eds. Henry J. Aaron and William G. Gale. 1996. Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution.

"The Efficiency Cost of Increased Progressivity," in Tax Progressivity and Income Inequality, ed. Joel Slemrod. 1995. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

"Can Brute Deterrence Backfire? Perceptions and Attitudes in Taxpayer Compliance," with Steven M. Sheffrin in Why People Pay Taxes, ed. Joel Slemrod. 1992. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Federal Reserve Articles

"Do Foreclosures Affect Boston Public School Student Academic Performance?" with Katharine Bradbury and Mary A. Burke. 2013. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Research Department Public Policy Briefs No. 13-5.

"Living beyond Our Means," with Cathy E. Minehan in Living beyond Our Means. 2004. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Annual Report.

"The Evolution of Regional Manufacturing Employment: Gross Job Flows within and between Firms and Industries," with Scott Schuh. 2002. New England Economic Review Third Quarter.

"The Impact of Demographic Change on U.S. Labor Markets," with Jane Sneddon Little. 2002. New England Economic Review First Quarter.

"Investment and Employment by Manufacturing Plants," with Geoffrey M.B. Tootell and Richard W. Kopcke. 2001. New England Economic Review Issue No. 2.

"Perspective: Should We Be Concerned about Slow Growth in New England's Labor Force?" 2000. Regional Review 10(2).

"The Role of Firms in Job Creation and Destruction in U.S. Manufacturing," with Scott Schuh. 2000. New England Economic Review March/April

"Job Reallocation and the Business Cycle: New Facts for an Old Debate," with Scott Schuh in Beyond Shocks: What Causes Business Cycles? 1998.Proceedings of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Conference Series No. 42.

"Perspective: Untangling the Causes of Recessions," with Scott Schuh. 1998. Regional Review 8(4).

"Addressing the Challenge of Growing Earnings Inequality," with Cathy E. Minehan in Sharing the Fruits of Growth. 1998. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Annual Report.

"Social Security Reform: An Overview." 1997. New England Economic Review November/December.

"Regional Differences in Family Poverty." 1997. New England Economic Review January/February.

"Technology Diffusion in U.S. Manufacturing: The Geographic Dimension," with Jane Sneddon Little in Technology and Growth. 1996. Proceedings of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Conference Series No. 40.

"Issues in Finance: Fundamental Tax Reform." 1996. Regional Review 6(2).

Other Publications

Comment on "Minimum Benefits in Social Security" in Government Spending on the Elderly, ed. Dimitri B. Papadimitriou. 2007. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

"Do State Economics or Individual Characteristics Determine Whether Older Men Work?" with Alicia Munnell, Mauricio Soto, and Natalia A. Zhivan. 2008. Issue in Brief No. 8-13. Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.

"National Saving and Social Security Reform," with Andrew Eschtruth. 2005. Just the Facts No. 18. Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.

"Gross Job Flows and Firms," with Scott Schuh. 1999. Proceedings of the Government Statistics Section, American Statistical Association.

"Attitudes and Sanctions in Taxpayer Compliance," with Steven Sheffrin. 1989/1990. Proceedings of the National Tax Association.

"Imputation Methods Based on the Propensity to Respond," with M. David, R. Little and M. Samuhel. 1983. Proceedings of the Business and Economic Statistics Section, American Statistical Association.

"CPS Hot Deck: An Evaluation Using IRS Records," with Martin David. 1983. Proceedings of the Survey Research Methods Section, American Statistical Association.

Working papers

"Population Aging, Labor Demand, and the Structure of Wages," with Michael Papadopoulos and Margarita Patria. 2017. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Research Department Working Papers No. 17-1.

"Community Education Circles in the Lawrence Public Schools: Evaluation Design and Baseline Survey Data," with Katharine Bradbury, John C. Brown, Mary A. Burke and Erin M. Graves. 2017. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Current Policy Perspectives No. 17-1.

"Within-School Spillover Effects of Foreclosures and Student Mobility on Student Academic Performance," with Katharine Bradbury and Mary A. Burke. 2015. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Research Department Working Papers No. 15-6.

"The Effect of Foreclosure on Boston Public School Student Academic Performance," with Katharine Bradbury and Mary A. Burke. 2013. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Research Department Working Papers No. 13-12.

"The Role of Economic, Fiscal, and Financial Shocks in the Evolution of Public Sector Pension Funding," with Bo Zhao. 2013. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Research Department Working Papers No. 13-26.

"How Much Do State Economics and Other Characteristics Affect Retirement Behavior?" with Alicia Munnell, Mauricio Soto and Natalia A. Zhivan. 2008. Center for Retirement Research at Boston College Working Papers No. 2008-12.

"New Approach to Raising Social Security's Earliest Eligibility Age," with Kelly Haverstick, Margarita Sapozhnikov and Natalia Zhivan. 2008. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Research Department Public Policy Discussion Papers No. 08-4.

"Population Aging, Labor Demand, and the Structure of Wages," with Margarita Sapozhnikov. 2007. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Working Papers No. 07-8.

"How Do Pensions Affect Expected and Actual Retirement Ages?" with Alicia H. Munnell and Natalia A. Jivan. 2004. Center for Retirement Research at Boston College Working Papers No. 2004-27.