Wojtaszek professional profile

COL Carl Wojtaszek

Director, Economics Program

Academy Professor



Colonel Carl J. Wojtaszek serves as the Director of the Economics Program and as an Academy Professor within the Department of Social Sciences at West Point. Prior to his appointment to the Social Science Department, Carl served as both an infantry officer in the 101st Airborne Division and as a military intelligence officer specializing in interrogation operations. In 2009, Carl joined OEMA as a research analyst, and later Deputy Director, helping to create innovative solutions and inform Army and DoD policy for strategic manpower challenges. In 2017, he became only the fifth OEMA Director in its 35 year history. (https://www.oema.army.mil/) Carl graduated West Point in 1999 with a B.S. in economics. He earned a Master’s of Business Administration from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 2008 and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Notre Dame in 2015. His primary research interests include labor and public economics within the context of manning an All-Volunteer Force. Carl teaches both introductory economics classes as well as courses on microeconomic theory and econometrics.

Ongoing Research Projects

Nearly 50 year ago, the United States created the All-Volunteer Force, placing the defense of the nation on the military’s ability to attract men and women to the Armed Services. As the U.S. labor economy has advanced, the once cutting-edge manpower practices used by the military, practices that led to victory in the Cold War and allowed for near continuous global contingency operations and warfighting in the Middle East, have become outmoded and now challenge the military’s readiness. A forward-thinking recruiting strategy that addresses the changing labor market in which the Army competes, manning structure that anticipates the need and type of labor needed for future warfare, and the adoption of a modern talent focused personnel system are of first order importance for the continued defense of our nation using an All-Volunteer Force.

Publications & Presentations

Scholarly Publications

Carter, Susan Payne, Alexander A. Smith, and Carl Wojtaszek. 2017. "Who Will Fight? The All-Volunteer Army after 9/11." AEA Papers and Proceedings. 107 (5): 415-419

Carl Wojtaszek, “The Cost of Bad Timing: Effect of Military Exit Timing on Educational Attainment” (PhD diss., University of Notre Dame, 2015), 9-35. 

Carl Wojtaszek, “Is Charitable Giving Overly Sensitive to Anticipated Income Changes? Evidence from Military Bonuses and the Combined Federal Campaign” (PhD diss., University of Notre Dame, 2015), 37-82.

Carl Wojtaszek, “War Casualties and Army Recruiting: Measuring the Effect of Availability Bias on Recruiting Areas Exposed to Local Military Deaths” (PhD diss., University of Notre Dame, 2015), 85-110.

Cestau, Dario; Epple, Dennis; Romano, Richard; Sieg, Holger; Wojtaszek, Carl. 2023. "How effective are colleges in educating a diverse student body?" Journal of Human Capital. Vol 17(2): 250-283

“Winning In The Marketplace: How Officers And Units Can Get The Most Out of the Army Talent Alignment Process” (with Mark Crow and Carl Wojtaszek). Modern War Institute, November 2020.


“Is Charitable Giving Overly Sensitive to Anticipated Income Changes?” The 79th Annual Congress of the International Institute of Public Finance, Utah State University, 2023.  

“The Cost of Bad Timing:  Effect of Military Exit Timing on Educational Attainment” Council of Economic Advisors, Washington D.C. 2015

“The Cost of Bad Timing:  Effect of Military Exit Timing on Educational Attainment” Upjohn Institute, Kalamazoo, MI. 2014

“Towards a U.S. Army Officer Corps Strategy:  A Human Capital Model Focused on Talent” Defense Science Board, Washington D.C. 2010

“Towards a U.S. Army Officer Corps Strategy:  Evaluating Talent”  Army Senior Leader Conference, West Point, NY 2010