Nicolai V. Kuminoff


Assistant Professor

Department of Economics
Arizona State University and NBER


Office: CPCOM 455H


Contact Information:

Main Campus
PO BOX 879801
Tempe, AZ 85287-9801

480.727.9802 (phone)
480.965.0748 (fax)                                            


Curriculum Vitae









o   This EPA workshop paper is an earlier draft that contains a description of the analytical model and additional results not published in the REEP version.





o   NBER Working Paper #16349 is an earlier draft that contains additional material on hedonic demand estimation and the interpretation of capitalization effects that was not published in the JEL version.






















  • Estimating the Heterogeneous Welfare Effects of Choice Architecture: An Application to the Medicare Prescription Drug Insurance Market (with Jonathan Ketcham and Christopher Powers) **new draft coming soon**.






  • Inferring preferences for amenities from sorting behavior in housing, labor, and health insurance markets


  • The distributional welfare effects of environmental regulation and nudges


  • Valuing a statistical life






  • Global Optimization Toolbox for Matlab This is a set of global optimization algorithms for Matlab.  The Zip file contains the toolbox for Matlab, along with demonstration files and documentation.  The documentation file contains background on global optimization, explanations of each algorithm, and test results on sample problems.  The genetic algorithm in particular seems effective in solving certain low and medium dimensional problems up to 10 parameters.  These algorithms are designed to accompany the CompEcon toolbox written by Mario Miranda and Paul Fackler, who also prepared this excellent primer to programming in Matlab.


  • Iterative Bidding Algorithm  This algorithm can be used to compute hedonic equilibria in markets where buyers have heterogeneous preferences over the characteristics of a differentiated product.  The Zip file contains the Matlab toolbox, a documentation file, and code to reproduce the tables and figures from Kuminoff and Jarrah (J. Urban Econ, 2010).  The algorithm is also used in Kuminoff, Parmeter, and Pope (JEEM 2010). 









 Last Updated: July, 2015