Dr. Martin Farnham

Dr. Martin Farnham
Associate Professor; Graduate Advisor
Office: BEC 354

PhD (Michigan)

Area of expertise

Public finance, labour economics, urban economics

Martin Farnham received his PhD in economics from the University of Michigan. He teaches and does research at the intersection of labour economics, public economics, and urban economics.

Professor Farnham has researched a variety of applied topics including the effect of government policy on residential mobility, the effect of housing wealth shocks on household behaviour, aspects of job design within firms, and climate change.

He has published in leading economics journals including the American Economic Review and the Journal of Public Economics. His research has been reported on by media outlets including National Public Radio and the Wall Street Journal.


  • Public economics
  • Labour economics
  • Urban economics


Selected publications

  • Farnham, M. and  Kennedy, 2015. Adapting to Climate Change: Equilibrium Welfare Implications for Large and Small Economies, Environmental and Resource Economics61(3): 345-363.
  • “Two Perspectives on Multiskilling and Product Market Volatility.” (with J. DeVaro); Labour Economics, 2011.
  • “House Prices and Marital Stability.” (with P. Sevak and L. Schmidt); American Economic Review, v101(3), May 2011 (Papers and Proceedings)
  • “State Fiscal Institutions and Empty-Nest Migration: Are Tiebout Voters Hobbled?”
    (with P. Sevak); Journal of Public Economics v. 90, 2006.
  • “Local Residential Sorting and Public Goods Provision: A Classroom Demonstration.”
    (with K. Brouhle, J. Corrigan, R. Croson, S. Garip, L. Habodaszova, L. Johnson, M. Johnson and D. Reiley); Journal of Economic Education, Fall 2005.

Book Chapters:

  • “The Effect of Multiskilling on Labor Productivity, Product Quality, and Financial Performance.” (with E. Hutchinson), Advances in the Economics of Participatory and Labor-Managed Firms, (refereed), forthcoming.
  • “Guidelines for Writing the Honours Thesis." in Hume, S.E. (Ed.) Economics Writing (2nd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson. (with E. Hutchinson), forthcoming