Nick Pretnar

Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business
Economics PhD Candidate

I am a classically-trained economist who researches the behavioral phenomena and aggregate economic trends that influence consumption and savings decisions. I am funded by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship as well as a grant from the PNC Center for Financial Services. My work in aggregate economics deals with long-run growth and home production in the American economy. Additionally, I use transaction-level microeconomic data to better understand the tradeoffs individual consumers face when making expenditure and savings decisions.

New Work

“The Costs and Benefits of Caring: Aggregate Burdens of an Aging Population” (joint with Finn Kydland) NBER Working Paper #25498 (2019) | PDF

“Who Will Care for All the Old People?” (joint with Finn Kydland) VoxEU Forthcoming (2019)

“Explaining the Credit Card Debt Puzzle with Heterogeneous Liquidity Fungibility” Working Paper (2019) | PDF

“Durables, Non-Durables, and a Structural Test of Fungibility” (joint with Alan Montgomery and Christopher Olivola) Working Paper (2018) | PDF


npretnar [at] cmu.edu | CV | Twitter

“Home Production with Time to Consume” (joint with Bill Bednar) Working Paper (2019) | PDF

“A Structural Model of Mental Accounting” (joint with Alan Montgomery and Christopher Olivola) Working Paper (2016) | PDF

Business Calculus for MBA's, Tepper School of Business | Spring 2017, Summer 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019

MBA Math Camp, Tepper School of Business | Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019