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Jan Ondrich

Professor, Economics

Biography

Jan Ondrich is a Professor of Economics and a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Policy Research. Jan concentrates on applying discrete choice models and duration models to topics in labor economics, aging, demography, and urban and real estate economics. His labor economics research examines 1) the effect of liberalized maternity leave laws in Germany on the length of leave taken by German mothers; and 2) the effect of civil conflict on female labor force outcomes in Peru. His research on aging includes 1) the analysis of the effect of the provision of community-based long-term services in deterring nursing home entry; and 2) disability in later life. His work in demography examines the effect of the introduction of divorce in Chile on fertility. This work is forthcoming in the Review of Economics of the Household

Some of Jan's work in urban economics deals with audit methodology in relation to housing discrimination. He was a senior econometrician for the 1989 HUD-sponsored Housing Discrimination Study and has contributed to several studies using the HDS data. One of the papers based on audit data, co-authored with Alex Stricker and John Yinger and published in the Southern Economic Journal, applies fixed-effect logit estimation to black and Hispanic sales audits. A study written together with Stephen Ross and John Yinger and published in the Journal of Urban Economics, presents a new method for measuring the extent of discrimination. A second study with Ross and Yinger examines how the characteristics of available housing affect housing discrimination. This study was published in the Review of Economics and Statistics.

Ondrich received a grant from Upjohn to study the determinants of the location decision for foreign direct investment in the United States. More recently, he has worked with Paul Liu and Mary Lovely on the location of foreign direct investment in China. 

Ondrich’s work in real estate economics, co-authored with James Follain and Gyan Sinha and published in the Journal of Urban Economics, examines the effect of the prepayment option value on the prepayment rate of Freddie Mac Plan A mortgages; the results indicated that the standard models that suggest prepayment would occur quickly for “in-the-money” options are incorrect. Finally, work with Wenyi Huang, published in the Journal of Housing Research, examines the determinants of prepayment and default for FHA-insured multifamily mortgages in a simultaneous econometric analysis. His current research with Ran An examines default and prepayment in the residential mortgage market. He is also analyzing the structure of trading in stock exchanges. 

Jan received his Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1983.  

Select Publications

“The Effect of the Chilean Divorce Law on Women’s First Birth Decisions." J. Gallegos. and J. Ondrich, Review of Economics of the Household (2016).

“Introduction to the Special Issue on Housing Finance Issues in the 21st Century." J. Follain and J. Ondrich, Public Finance Review, Vol. 44, No. 1 (January,2016), pp. 4-5.

“The Great Recession, Housing Wealth, and the Retirement Decisions of Older Workers." J. Ondrich and A. Falevich, Public Finance Review, Vol. 44, No. 1 (January, 2016), pp. 109-131.

“Disability Trajectories at the End of Life: A ‘Countdown’ Model." D. Wolf, V. Friedman, J. Ondrich, C. Seplaki, and B. Spillman, Journal of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, Vol. 70, No. 5 (2015), pp. 745-752.

“Disability Trajectories at the End of Life: A ‘Countdown’ Model: A Reply." D. Wolf, V. Friedman, J. Ondrich, C. Seplaki, and B. Spillman, Journal of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, Vol. 70, No. 5 (2015), pp. 757-758. 

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Research Grants and Awards

"How Did the 2007-2008 Housing Bust Affect Retirement Decisions?” Center for Aging and Policy Studies Pilot Project Program Grant. 2013-2014.

“How Much Do Changes in Housing Wealth Influence the Decision to Retire?” BC/SSA . 2011-2012.

“End of Life Trajectories: A Prospective Model.” National Institute on Aging (NIA) Grant. 2009-2012.