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Matthew Hinkel

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Assistant Professor of Economics



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Matthew P. Hinkel is an assistant professor of economics. His career at Alma began in 2022. Matthew’s primary research stream examines how labor and employment law influences the operation of construction labor markets, with particular interests in worker misclassification, prevailing wage laws and project labor agreements. Additionally, in the context of professional and collegiate sports, Matthew’s research studies how union activism influences professional athletes during and after their playing careers, as well as what influences collegiate athletes to vote in favor of union representation.

Educational Background:

  • B.S., Michigan State University (2016)
  • Ph.D., Michigan State University (2022)

Signature Courses:
Principles of Microeconomics; Economics of Inequality; Intermediate Microeconomics; Labor Economics.

My Expertise

Labor economics, applied microeconomics and sports economics.

Recent Work and Accomplishments

Hinkel, M., & Belman, D. (2022). Should Prevailing Wages Prevail? Re-examining the Effect of Prevailing Wage Laws on Affordable Housing Construction Costs. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 60(4), 761-783.

Hinkel, M., & McHugh, P. (2022). Union Activism and the Baseball Hall of Fame Voting Process: Labor-Management Conflict and Media Bias. Labor Studies Journal, 47(2), 180-203.

Ormiston, R., Belman, D., Brockman, J., & Hinkel, M. (2020). Rebuilding Residential Construction. In P. Osterman (Ed.), Creating Good Jobs: An Industry-Based Strategy (pp. 75-113). MIT Press.