Dr. Christopher R. Bollinger is a Gatton Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics. Active in research, teaching, and professional associations, Dr. Bollinger serves as the Director of U.K.’s Center for Business and Economic Research.

Specializing in Econometrics, Labor, and Applied Microeconomics, Dr. Bollinger’s research has focused on the impact of measurement error and non-response on estimation; income inequality and poverty; and urban development policy evaluation.  Dr. Bollinger is an affiliate of the U.K. Center for Poverty Research and an advisory board member of the U.K. Research Data Center.

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Dr. Bollinger received his B.A. in Economics from Michigan State University and earned both an M.S. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

At UW-Madison Dr. Bollinger first encountered the topic of measurement error, a research agenda he has continued through his career.  His early work was guided by Dr. Charles F. Manski and influenced by both Dr. Arthur S. Goldberger and Dr. Martin H. David. Prior work in measurement error considered simple models where the errors were completely random.  Dr. Bollinger’s work was among the first to consider misclassification error, where the sign of the error is related to the underlying truth.  This question led to Dr. Bollinger’s selection of dissertation topic. His dissertation considered how misclassification in union status impacted estimates of the union wage effect.  Other early work with Martin David considered how misclassification of Food Stamp program participation impacted estimates of program use. Though the econometric modeling of the project was primary, a secondary theme emerged from this research: how to apply the research to improve public policy programs that endeavor to reduce poverty.

At Georgia State University, Dr. Bollinger began the work of a young Assistant Professor, where he continued researching measurement error and teaching. His association with his colleague Dr. Keith Ihlanfeldt brought research collaborations in the area of urban and public economics.

Dr. Bollinger joined the faculty of the University of Kentucky in August 1998, rising to Associate Professor in 2001 and Professor in 2007.  At U.K. his research has continued to explore both measurement error and poverty, and he has expanded his interests to more applied questions in labor and public economics.

In 2012, he took over as the director of the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) where he works with local, state and federal government agencies to bring rigorous economic analysis to important policy topics such as education, homelessness and job training.  Dr. Bollinger presents his economic forecast for the state at the Annual Gatton College Economic Outlook Conference each February and to various community groups throughout the Commonwealth. He also serves on the Kentucky State Consensus Forecasting Group.

Academic Positions

  • Present2007


    University of Kentucky

  • Present2003

    Gatton Professor of Economics

    University of Kentucky

  • 20072001

    Associate Professor

    University of Kentucky

  • 20011998

    Assistant Professor

    University of Kentucky

  • 19981993

    Assistant Professor

    Georgia State University

  • 19931993


    University of Wisconsin, Madison


  • PhD 1993

    PhD in Economics

    University of Wisconsin, Madison

  • M.S. 1990

    M.S. in Economics

    University of Wisconsin, Madison

  • B.B.A. 1988

    B.B.A. in Economics

    Michigan State University

Other Appointments and Awards

  • U.K. Research Data Center Advisory Board, July 2016-present.
  • President Elect and Program Chair, Kentucky Economic Association, October 2015-October 2016.
  • Kentucky Consensus Forecasting Group, August 2015-present.
  • “Teachers Who Made a Difference” awarded by U.K., Department of Education, 2015 & 2016.
  • Leverhulm Visiting Professor, ISER, Essex University, January 2011- July 2011.
  • Director, Center for Business and Economic Research, U.K., July 2012 – present.
  • Co-Director, Center for Business and Economic Research, U.K. , January 2012 – June 2012
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Econometric Methods, September 2010–present.
  • Robertson Faculty Leadership Research Award, Gatton College of Business, June 2010
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Economics, January 2008–July 2012
  • Visiting Scholar, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, June 2007
  • Co-Editor, Southern Economics Journal, January, 2007–July 2010.
  • Department of Economics, Outstanding Teacher, December 2005
  • Associate Director, U.K. Center for Poverty Research, October 2005 – July 2007.
  • Faculty Affiliate, U.K. Center for Poverty Research, July 2003 – present.
  • Associate Editor, Southern Economics Journal, August 1, 2003–December 2006, January 2014–present.
  • Special Sworn Employee, Bureau of Census, 1992-1993; 1995–1998; 2001; 2012–present.