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Jan Ondrich

Jan Ondrich

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Jan Ondrich

Professor, Economics Department

Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research


  • 2024 Spring
    • ECN 422 Introduction to Statistics and Econometrics
    • ECN 720 Topics in Econometrics - Discrete Choice & Duration Ana
  • 2023 Fall
    • ECN 302 Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • 2023 Spring
    • ECN 302 Intermediate Macroeconomics
    • ECN 422 Introduction to Statistics and Econometrics
  • 2022 Fall
    • ECN 302 Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • 2022 Spring
    • ECN 422 Introduction to Statistics and Econometrics
    • ECN 720 Topics in Econometrics - Discrete Choice & Duration Ana

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1983


Jan Ondrich is a professor of economics and a senior research associate in the Center for Policy Research. He concentrates his research 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 Ondrich'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 has also 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. 

Ondrich received a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1983.  

Areas of Expertise

Econometrics, labor economics, urban economics

Research Interests

Maternity leave legislation, racial discrimination in housing and business loans, latent trajectory models

Research Grant Awards and Projects

"How Much do Changes in Housing Wealth Influence the Decision to Retire?: Subproject for Institution # 24634", Sponsored by Social Security Administration.

"Master Agreement", Sponsored by Social Security Administration.

"Center for Aging and Policy Studies", Sponsored by National Institutes of Health (NIH)/DHHS.

"A Prospective Model of Medicare Cost Trajectories", Sponsored by National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS.

"Retirement Research Consortium Syracuse", Sponsored by Social Security Administration.

Selected Publications

Presentations and Events

Hu, Y., Liu, L., Ondrich, J. I., Yinger, J., Southern Economic Association 85th Annual Meetings, "Interest-Rate Gaps in Small Business Loans" (2015)

2015 Annual Meeting of the Southern Economic Association, "Session 1: Female Labor Supply. Session 2: Discrimination and Unequal Treatment." (2015)

Flores-Lagunes, A., Gallegos, J., Ondrich, J. I., OECD Conference 2013, "The Effect of Civil Conflict on Female Labor Force Participation" (July, 2013)

Crews Cutts, A., Ondrich, J. I., AREUEA 2013 International Conference, "How Did the 2007-2008 Housing Bust Affect Retirement Decisions?" (June, 2013)

Ondrich, J. I., Falevich, A., Allied Social Science Associations Annual Meeting, American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, "How Much do Changes in Housing Wealth Affect the Decision to Retire?" (January, 2013)