Nathan Grawe

Author of Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education

Nathan Grawe is a professor of economics at Carleton College, where he holds the Ada M. Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Social Sciences. As a labor economist, he studies connections between family background and education acquisition. 

Nathan’s recent book, Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press), explores the coming effects of recent demographic changes, adjusting headcount data for the probability of attending institutions of various types. The work was recently recognized with a 2017 National Student Clearinghouse Research Center Award for Outstanding AAROA SEM Research Presentation. 

In addition to serving on Carleton’s faculty since 1999, Nathan served as associate dean from 2009 to 2012. He earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College and his doctorate from the University of Chicago.


Demographics and You: Planning for Market Disruption Caused by Demographic Change

Law School Second Floor

A recent decrease in fertility coupled with existing trends toward the Hispanic Southwest promise to disrupt higher education markets in the next decade. Dr. Grawe will summarize the magnitude of demographic changes, identify likely responses within higher education and in public policy, and suggest paths institutions may consider to navigate coming challenges.