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Projects & Grants

Care worker and wheelchair.Care Work & the Economy
The Care Work and the Economy (CWE-GAM) Project is striving to reduce gender gaps in economic outcomes and enhance gender equality by illuminating and properly valuing the broader economic and social contributions of caregivers and integrating care in macroeconomic policymaking toolkits.
 
 

Amos Golan, Foundations of Info-MetricsInfo-Metrics Institute
Established in 2009, the institute promotes interdisciplinary study of information, information processing and decision rules through collaborations among researchers across the scientific spectrum and dissemination of knowledge through conferences, workshops and seminars as well as through short-term, hands-on classes at the graduate and post-graduate level. 
 

Women in amphitheater classroomGender Working Group
The Gender Work Group (GWG), comprising department faculty, resident scholars, and graduate students, has strong relations with a variety of relevant organizations, including the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE), the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, Vital Voices, Merck KGaA, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Recent Grants

  • Mieke Meurs was awarded $800,000 from the Open Society Foundation renewal grant for the PGAE Global Scholars, 2021.
  • Mary Hansen received a $29,876 NSF grant for “Doctoral Dissertation Research in DRMS: A Comparison of Value of Statistical Life Estimates Derived from Revealed and Stated Preferences.”
  • Gregory Lane received a $16,727 grant from London School of Economics for “The Potential for E-Commerce Platforms to unlock high growth for firms in Africa,” 2021. 
  • Kelly Jones received $26,552 from Manhattan Strategy Group and US Department of Labor for her project on improving FMLA coverage in underserved communities, 2021.
  • Ignacio Gonzalez-Garcia was awarded $150,363 from New Venture Fund, for his work entitled "Changes in Taxation and Inequality: A quantitative exercise for the US," 2020.

Selected Publications

Selected Recent Papers

Blecker, Robert, Michael Cauvel, and Y.K. Kim, "Systems Estimation of a Structural Model of Distribution and Demand in the US Economy,Cambridge Journal of Economics, January 2022.

Blecker, Robert, "Mexico: Unequal Integration and 'Stabilizing Stagnation,'" in Wray, L. Randall and Flavia Dantas (Eds.), Handbook of Economic Stagnation, Elsevier, 2022: 225-249.

Gershman, Boris, "Witchcraft Beliefs, Social Relations, and Development," in Zimmerman, Klaus F. (Ed.), Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics, Springer, Cham, 2022.

Mohseni-Cheraghlou, Amin and Seyed Reza Mirnezami, "Wind Power in Iran: Technical, Policy, and Financial Aspects for Better Energy Resource Management," vol. 15(9), Energies, 2022: 3230.

Wisman, Jon, "Economic Causes of War and Peace: Overview," in Kurtz, Lester, (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict, vol. 1, Elsevier Academic Press, 2022: 47-57.

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Recent Books

The Origins and Dynamics of Inequality, Jon WismanJon Wisman, The Origins and Dynamics of Inequality: Sex, Politics, and Ideology(Oxford UP, 2021): Argues that the struggle over income, wealth, status and privilege-inequality-has been the principal, defining issue in human history.

Advances in Info-MetricsAmos Golan (co-editor), Advances in Info-Metrics: Information and Information Processing across Disciplines (Oxford UP, 2020: Sheds new light on statistical inference, information, and general problem solving.

Heterodox MacroeconomicsRobert Blecker (co-author), Heterodox Macroeconomics: Models of Demand, Distribution and Growth (Edward Elgar, 2019): Compares heterodox and mainstream approaches to long-term economic growth.

Papers by Subject Area

Isaac, Alan, “Exploring the Social-Architecture Model,” Eastern Economic Journal, 2018.

Gershman, Boris, Quamrul Ashraf, and Peter Howitt, "Banks, market Organization, and Macroeconomic Performance: An Agent-Based Computational Analysis," Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, March 2017.

Golan, Amos, “Info-Metrics for Modeling and Inference,” Minds & Machines 28 (2018): 787.

Golan, Amos, Lumsdaine, R. L., "Constructing Prior Information in the Social Sciences-An Info-metrics Approach," Advances in Econometrics, 36 (2016).

Sheng, Xuguang (Simon), Frieder Mokinski, and Jingyun Yang, "Measuring Disagreement in Qualitative Expectations," Journal of Forecasting, March 2015.

Sheng, Xuguang (Simon), "Evaluating the Economic Forecasts of FOMC Members," International Journal of Forecasting, January-March 2015.

Golan, Amos, Henderson, H., Seabold, S., "Incorporating Prior Information When True Priors are Unknown: An Information-Theoretic Approach for Increasing Efficiency in Estimation," Economic Letters 127 (2015): 1-5.

Wisman, Jon, "Economic Causes of War and Peace: Overview," in Kurtz, Lester, (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict, vol. 1, Elsevier Academic Press, 2022: 47-57.

Wisman, Jon and Michael Cauvel, "Why Has Labor Not Demanded Guaranteed Employment?Journal of Economic Issues 55, no. 3 (September 2021): 677-697. 

Wisman, Jon and Quentin Duroy. "The Proletarianization of the Professoriate and the Threat to Free Expression, Creativity, and Economic Dynamism.Journal of Economic Issues 54, no. 3 (Fall 2020): 854-872.

Mary Eschelbach Hansen, Erin E. George, Julie Lyn Routzahn, "Debt Tolerance, Gender, and the Great Recession," Journal of Consumer Affairs, 2018.

Mathy, Gabriel, Jaremski, M, "How was the Quantitative Easing of the 1930s Unwound?" Explorations in Economic History, 2018.

Wisman, Jon D., "The Darwinian dynamic of sexual selection that Thorstein Veblen missed and its relevance to institutional economics," Journal of Institutional Economics, 2018.

Wisman, Jon D., "Adam Smith and Thorstein Veblen on the Pursuit of Status Through Consumption versus Work," Cambridge Journal of Economics, 2018.

Wisman, Jon D., "Marx, the Predisposition to Reject Markets and Private Property, and Attractive Alternatives to Capitalism," Forum for Social Economics, 2018.

Hansen, Mary Eschelbach and Nicholas L. Ziebarth, "Credit Relationships and Business Bankruptcy During the Great Depression," AEJ: Macroeconomics 9, no. 2 (April 2017).

Mathy, Gabriel P., "Hysteresis and Persistent Long-term Unemployment: The American Beveridge Curve of the Great Depression and World War II," Cliometrica, 2017.

Mathy, Gabriel P. and Matthew Jaremski, "Looking Back on the Age of Checking in America, 1800-1960," Revista de la Historia de la Economia y de la Empresa, 2017.

Mathy, Gabriel and Nicolas L. Ziebarth, "How Much Does Political Uncertainty Matter? The Case of Louisiana Under Huey Long," The Journal of Economic History, March 2017.

Hansen, Mary Eschelbach and Michelle McKinnon Miller, "A New View of Women in Bankruptcy: Evidence from Maryland Since 1940," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal 34 (November 2016).

Hansen, Mary Eschelbach and Nicholas L. Ziebarth, "Credit Relationships and Business Bankruptcy During the Great Depression," AEJ: Macroeconomics.

Hansen, Mary E. and Bradley A. Hansen, "The Historian's Craft and Economics," Journal of Institutional Economics, June 2016.

Mathy, Gabriel, "Stock Volatility, Return Jumps, and Uncertainty Shocks During The Great Depression," Financial History Review, July 2016.

Hansen, Mary, "Sources of Credit and the Extent of the Credit Market: A View from Bankruptcy Records, Mississippi 1929-1936," Enterprising America, William Collins and Robert Margo, eds. NBER/University of Chicago Press, 2015.

Gershman, Boris, "Witchcraft Beliefs, Social Relations, and Development," in Zimmerman, Klaus F. (Ed.), Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics, Springer, Cham, 2022.

Mohseni-Cheraghlou, Amin and Seyed Reza Mirnezami, "Wind Power in Iran: Technical, Policy, and Financial Aspects for Better Energy Resource Management," vol. 15(9), Energies, 2022: 3230.

Yesuf, Mahmud and Randall Bluffstone, "Consumption Discount Rates, Risk Aversion and Wealth in Low-Income Countries: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Rural Ethiopia,Journal of African Economies 28, no. 1 (2019). 

Gershman, Boris and Diego Rivera, "Subnational diversity in Sub-Saharan Africa: Insights from a new dataset," Journal of Development Economics, 2018.

Leight, Jessica, Vandana Sharma, Willa Brown, Laura Costica, Fatima Abdulaziz Sule, and Martina Bjorkman Nyqvist, "Associations between birth kit use and maternal and neonatal health outcomes in rural Jigawa state, Nigeria: A secondary analysis of data from a cluster randomized controlled trial," PLoS ONE 13, no. 12 (2018): e0208885.

Gershman, Boris,"Long-Run Development and the New Cultural Economics," Demographic Change and Long-Run Development, 2017.

Gunter, Bernhard, Faisal Ahmed, A.F.M. Ataur Rahman, and Jesmin Rahman), "Do Patterns of Development and Macroeconomic Uncertainty Explain Bangladesh's Savings and Investment Puzzle?" Money and Macroeconomics: Selected Topics from Bangladesh, 2017.

Henderson, H., Alan G. Isaac, "Modern Value Chains and the Organization of Agrarian Production." American Journal of Agricultural Economics 99, no. 2 (2017): 379–400.

Meurs, M. E., Amartuvshin, A., Banzragh, O., "Livestock Income of Mongolian Herders: A Path to Rural Prosperity?" Nomadic Peoples, 2017.

Radchenko, Natalia, Paul Corral, and Paul Winters, "Heterogeneity of commercialization gains in the rural economy," Agricultural Economics, 2017.

Radchenko, Natalia and Paul Corral, "What's So Spatial about Diversification in Nigeria?" World Development, (2017): 231-253.

Radchenko, Natalia and Paul Corral, "Agricultural Commercialisation and Food Cecurity in Rural Economies: Malawian experience," Journal of Development Studies, 2017.

Floro, Maria S., P. Yokying, B. Sangaroon, T. Tassanee Sushevagul, "Understanding Work-Life Balance Situation of Women and Men in Thailand: Through the Lens of Time-Use Data," Asia-Pacific Population Journal 31, no. 1 (2016): 87-107.

Floro, Maria S. and Elizabeth King, "The Present and Future of Time Use Surveys in Developing Countries," Asia-Pacific Population Journal 31, no. 1 (2016): 5-42.

Gershman, Boris, "Witchcraft Beliefs and the Erosion of Social Capital: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa and Beyond," Journal of Development Economics, May 2016.

Gunter, Bernhard, "Revisiting Debt Sustainability in Africa," Background Paper for UNCTAD's 2016 Economic Development in Africa Report: "Debt Dynamics and Development Finance in Africa," August 2016.

Sawers, Larry, Eileen Stillwaggon, Jonathan Rout MD, David Addiss MD, and LeAnne Fox MD, "Economic Costs and Benefits of a Community-based Lymphedema-management Program for Lymphatic Filariasis in Odisha State, India," American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 2016.

Gershman, Boris "The Economic Origins of the Evil Eye Belief" Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, February 2015.

Meurs, M. E., Kochut, R., Ahranjani, M., "Local Government Performance in Rural Poland: The Roles of Local Government Characteristics and Inherited Conditions," Landbauforschung-Applied Agriculture and Forestry Research, 2015.

Mohseni-Cheraghlou, Amin, "Socioeconomic Justice and Poverty in Nahj Al-Balagha," International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management, 2015.

Mohseni-Cheraghlou, Amin "Islamic Finance, Financial Inclusion and Poverty Reduction in MENA" in The Routledge Handbook of Religions and Global Development, 2015.

Yesuf, Mahmud, Randall Bluffstone, Takuro Uehara, Bilisuma Bushie, and Demessie Damite, "Livestock and Private Tree Holdings in Rural Ethiopia: The Effects of Collective Action Institutions, Tenure Security and Market Access," Journal of Development Studies, December 2015.

Ambler, Kate, Kelly Jones, and Michael O'Sullivan, "Facilitating Women's Access to an Economic Empowerment Initiative: Evidence from Uganda," World Development (2021): 138.

Meurs, Mieke, et al., "Women are Herders Too: Women's Role and Bargaining Power in Mongolia in Herding Households,Central Asian Survey, September 2021.

Meurs, Mieke, et al., "Gender Regime and Women's Employment in Kazakhstan,Comparative Economic Studies, October 2021.

Meurs, Mieke and Lisa Giddings, "Elder Care and Paid Work: Gender Differences in the Relationship Between Unpaid Elder Care Work and Employment in Bulgaria,European Journal of Social Policy, February 2021.

Floro, Maria, Mahmud Yesuf, and Trufat Woldesenbet, "Gender and Perception of Climate Change in Ethiopia." The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses 11, no. 2 (2019): 21-39.

Meurs, Mieke and Rita Ismaylov, "Improving Assessments of Gender Bargaining Power: A Case Study from Bangladesh,Feminist Economics 25, no. 1 (2019).

Hansen, Mary Eschelbach, Erin E. George and Julie Lyn Routzahn, "Debt Tolerance, Gender, and the Great Recession," Journal of Consumer Affairs, 2018.

Floro, Maria S., C. Bruyere, S. Fengdan, P. Xuhua, "Bargaining Power and the Household Division of Labor by Gender: Evidence from the China Time Use Survey," Asia-Pacific Population Journal 31, no. 1 (2016): 63-86.

Floro, Maria S., Willoughby, John A., "Feminist Economics and The Global Economy: The Challenges that Awaits Us." The Fletcher Forum for World Affairs 40, no. 2 (2016): 5-17.

Floro, Maria S., and M. Terbish, "How does the Presence of Infrastructure (or lack thereof) Affect Time Use in Mongolia?" Asia-Pacific Population Journal 30, no. 1 (2016): 43-62.

Floro, Maria S., P. Yokying, B. Sangaroon, and T. Tassanee Sushevagul, "Understanding Work-Life Balance Situation of Women and Men in Thailand: Through the Lens of Time-Use Data," Asia-Pacific Population Journal 31, no. 1 (2016): 87-107.

Hansen, Mary Eschelbach, and Michelle McKinnon Miller, "A New View of Women in Bankruptcy: Evidence from Maryland Since 1940," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal 34, November 2016.

Radchenko, Natalia, Pierre-Andre Chiappori and Bernard Salanie, "Divorce and the duality of marital payoff," Review of Economics of the Household.

Blecker, Robert A., "New Advances and Controversies in the Framework of Balance-of-Payments-Constrained Growth,Journal of Economic Surveys, 36(2): 429-467, April 2022.

Blecker, Robert A., Michael Cauvel, and Y.K. Kim, "Systems Estimation of a Structural Model of Distribution and Demand in the US Economy,Cambridge Journal of Economics, January 2022.

Willoughby, John A. and Zehra Aftab, "The Fall of Urdu and the Rise of English in Pakistan: A Political Economic Analysis.Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, January 2020.

Wisman, John D., "Marx, the Predisposition to Reject Markets and Private Property, and Attractive Alternatives to Capitalism," Forum for Social Economics, 2018. 

Wisman, John D., "Politics, Not Economics, Ultimately Drives Inequality," Challenge, 60, no. 4 (2017): 347-367.

Blecker, Robert A., "The Debate over 'Thirwall's Law': Balance-of-Payments-Constrained Growth Reconsidered," European Journal of Economics and Economic Policy: Intervention, 13, no. 3 (2016).

Blecker, Robert A., "Wage-led Versus Profit-led Demand Regimes: The Long and the Short of It," Review of Keynesian Economics, vol. 4, no. 4 (Winter 2016): 373-390.

Blecker, Robert A., "The US Economy Since the Crisis: Slow Recovery and Secular Stagnation," European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies: Intervention, 13, no. 2 (2016): 202-214

Floro, Maria S., Willoughby, John A, "Feminist Economics and The Global Economy: The Challenges that Awaits Us," The Fletcher Forum for World Affairs, 40, no. 2 (2016): 5-17.

Isaac, Alan G., "Comment on ‘Homo Socialis: An Analytical Core for Sociological Theory,’" Review of Behavioral Economics, 2, nos. 1-2 (2015): 113-121.

 

Blecker, Robert A., "New Advances and Controversies in the Framework of Balance-of-Payments-Constrained Growth,Journal of Economic Surveys, 36(2): 429-467, April 2022.

Blecker, Robert A., "Mexico: Unequal Integration and 'Stabilizing Stagnation,'" in Wray, L. Randall and Flavia Dantas (Eds.), Handbook of Economic Stagnation, Elsevier, 2022: 225-249.

Blecker, Robert A., "The Rebranded NAFTA: Will the USMCA Achieve the Goals of the Trump Administration for North American Trade?Norteamérica, 16(2): 289-315, 2021.

Sonenshine, Ralph M. and Michael Lifshutz, "Tariff Rate Pass-Through: Buyer Power and Product Differentiation Effects,Journal of Economics and Trade 6, no. 1 (2021): 13-23.

Gunter, Bernhard and Britni Wilcher, "Three Decades of Globalisation: Which Countries Won, Which Lost?The World Economy 43, no. 4 (April 2020): 1076-1102.

Feinberg, Robert and Kara Reynolds, “How Do Countries Respond to Antidumping Filings? Dispute Settlement and Retaliatory Antidumping,” The World Economy 41, no. 5 (2018).

Reynolds, Kara M. and B. Rigod, "Russia—Tariff Treatment: Identifying Systematic Violations of WTO Law," World Trade Review 17, no. 2 (2018): 291-312.

Reynolds, Kara M. and Chad P. Bown, "Trade Flows and Trade Disputes," Review of International Organizations, June 2015.

Blecker, Robert A. and Carlos A. Ibarra, "Structural Change, the Real Exchange Rate and the Balance of Payments in Mexico, 1960-2012," Cambridge Journal of Economics, February 2015.

Feinberg, Robert, "'Exports-at-Risk:' The Effect of Multi-Market Contact in International Trade," Southern Economic Journal, January 2015.

 

Hoffman, Vivian and Kelly Jones, "Improving Food Safety on the Farm: Experimentation Evidence from Kenya on Agricultural Incentives and Subsidies as Public Health Investments,World Development 143(2021).

Jones, Kelly and Erick Gong, "Precautionary Savings and Shock-Coping Behaviors: The Effects of Promoting Mobile Bank Savings on Transactional Sex in Kenya,Journal of Health Economics 78 (2021). 

Feinberg, Robert and Daniel Kuehn, "Does Guaranteed Basic Income Encourage Entrepreneurship? Evidence from Alaska," Review of Industrial Organization 57, no. 3 (November 2020): 607-626.

Feinberg, Robert, "Is Academic Career a Luxury Good? Student Debt and the Underrepresentation of Minorities," Economics Bulletin 40, no. 4 (2020): 2964-2977. 

Radchenko, Natalia, "Student Evaluations of Teaching: Unidimensionality, Subjectivity, and Biases," Education Economics 28, no. 6 (2020): 549-566.

Sonenshine, Ralph M., "Merger Waves: Are Buyers Following the Herd or Responding to Structural Queues?Eurasian Business Review 10 (2020): 287-308. 

Sonenshine, Ralph, "Merger Waves: Are buyers following the herd or responding to structural queues?" Eurasian Business Review, 2019.

Davis, M., Mary E. Hansen, Thomas Husted, "The Impact of Political Influence on Appointees: Evidence from the Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Program," Southern Economic Journal, 84, no. 3 (2018): 771-785.

Husted, Thomas A., Kenny, L. W., "The Effect of Reduced Support from State Government on Research in State Universities," Journal of Educaton Finance, 44, no. 2 (2018): 164-174.

Isaac, Alan G., Sawers, L. B.,  "Partnership Duration and Concurrent Partnering: Implications for Models of HIV Prevalence." Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination, 2018.

Jones, Kelly, Vivian Hoffmann, and Jef Leroy, "The impact of reducing aflatoxin exposure on child linear growth in Kenya: a cluster randomized controlled trial," British Medical Journal: Global Health, 3, no. 6  (2018).

Kahn, N. and Hansen, Mary E., "Measuring Racial Disparities in Foster Care Placement: A Case Study of Texas," Children and Youth Services Review, 76 (May 2018): 213-226.

Sullivan, Paul and Kamila Sommer, "Implications of US Tax Policy for House Prices, Rents, and Homeownership," American Economic Review, February 2018.

Kahn, Nicholas, Josh Gupta-Kagan, and Mary Eschelbach Hansen "The Standard of Proof in the Substantiation of Child Abuse and Neglect," Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 14 (June 2017).

Kahn, Nicholas E., and Mary Eschelbach, "Measuring Racial Disparities in Foster Care Placement: A Case Study of Texas," Children and Youth Services Review 76 (May 2017).

Kahn, Nicholas E., J. Gupta-Kagan, and Mary E. Hansen, "Standards of Proof in the Substantiation of Child Abuse and Neglect," The Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 14, no. 2 (2017): 333-369.

Provencher, A., N. Kahn, and Mary E. Hansen,  "Adoption Policy and the Well-Being of Adopted Children in the U.S. Child Welfare," 95, no. 1 (2017): 27-55.

Larson, Nathan, Delay in Global Games. B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics, 16, no. 1 (2016): 83-117.

Robert Feinberg, Thomas Husted and Florian Szucs, "Does State Antitrust Enforcement Drive Establishment Exit?" Journal of Competition Law & Economics, March 2015.

Feinberg, Robert, "Pricing of First-Run Movies in Small U.S. Metropolitan Areas: Multimarket Contact and Chain Effects," B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy (Topics), January 2015.

Husted, Thomas A., S. E. Irvine Belson, "Impact of National Board for the Professional Teaching Standards Certification on Student Achievement," Education Policy Analysis Archives, 23, no. 91 (2015): 18.

Irvine Belson, S. E., Thomas A. Husted, "State of the States 2014: Maryland," Journal of Education Finance, 41, no. 2 (2015): 235-237.

Larson, Nathan, "Inertia in Social Learning from a Summary Statistic," Journal of Economic Theory, 159 (2015): 596-626.

Larson, Nathan, A. Baik, and S. Anderson, "Personalized Pricing and Advertising: An Asymmetric Equilibrium Analysis," Games and Economic Behavior, 92 (2015): 53-73.

Sonenshine, Ralph and Evan Kraft, "Determinants of Financial Service Mergers: An Analysis of Economic and Institutional Factors," Review of Economics and Finance, August 2015.

Yesuf, Mahmud and Robert M. Feinberg, "Ambiguity Aversion among Student Subjects: The Role of Probability Interval and Emotional Parameters," Applied Economics Letters, August 2015.

Blecker, Robert A., "New Advances and Controversies in the Framework of Balance-of-Payments-Constrained Growth,Journal of Economic Surveys, 36(2): 429-467, April 2022.

Blecker, Robert A., Michael Cauvel, and Y.K. Kim, "Systems Estimation of a Structural Model of Distribution and Demand in the US Economy,Cambridge Journal of Economics, January 2022.

Blecker, Robert A., "Thirlwall's Law is Not a Tautology, But Some Empirical Tests of It Nearly Are,Review of Keynesian Economics 9, no. 2 (Summer 2021): 175-203.

Blecker, Robert A., "New Advances and Controversies in the Framework of Balance-of-Payments-Constrained Growth," Journal of Economic Surveys, September 4, 2021.

Davis, Steven J., Dingqian Liu, and Xuguang Simon Sheng, "Stock Prices and Economic Activity in the Time of Coronavirus,IMF Economic Review, 2021. 

Meyer, Brent, Brian Prescott, and Xuguang Simon Sheng, "The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Business Expectations," International Journal of Forecasting, 2021. 

Blecker, Robert A. and Mark Setterfield, "On Multi-Sector and Multi-Technique Models, Production Functions and Goodwin Cycles: A Reply to Libman," European Journal of Economics and Economic Policy: Intervention 17, no. 3 (November 2020): 295-306.

Gunter, Bernhard, A.F.M. Ataur Rahman, "Relationship Between Money Growth and Stock Prices in Bangladesh," Money and Macroeconomics: Selected Topics from Bangladesh, 2017.

Mathy, Gabriel P., "Hysteresis and Persistent Long-term Unemployment: The American Beveridge Curve of the Great Depression and World War II." Cliometrica, 2017.

Gershman, Boris, Quamrul Ashraf and Peter Howitt, "Banks, market Organization, and Macroeconomic Performance: An Agent-Based Computational Analysis," Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, March 2017.

Blecker, Robert A. "The Debate over 'Thirlwall's Law': Balance-of-Payments-Constrained Growth Reconsidered," European Journal of Economics and Economic Policy: Intervention 13, no. 3 (2016).

Blecker, Robert A. "Wage-led Versus Profit-led Demand Regimes: The Long and the Short of It," Review of Keynesian Economics, 4, no. 4 (Winter 2016): 373-390.

Blecker, Robert A., "Finance, Distribution, and the Role of Government: Heterodox Perspectives for Understanding the Crisis," Studies in Political Economy, 97, no. 1 (2016): 76-86.

Feinberg, Robert, Daniel Kuehn, Signe-Mary McKernan, Doug Wissoker, and Sisi Zhang, "Explaining Variation in Title Charges: A Study of Five Metropolitan Residential Real Estate Markets," Review of Industrial Organization, March 2015.

Kraft, Evan and Ralph Sonenshine, "Determinants of Financial Firms' Merger Premia: Economic and Institutional Factors," Review of Economics and Finance, 5, no. 3 (2015): 66-82.

Gonzalez Garcia, Ignacio, Sala, H., "Investment Crowding-Out and Labor Market Effects of Financialization," US. Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 61, no. 5 (2014): 589-613.

Feinberg, Robert, "Determinants of Self-Employment by New PhDs,Applied Economics Letters, 2021.

Feinberg, Robert, "Why Do Foreign PhD Students Return Home?Migration Letters 18, no. 5 (September 2021): 499-506.

Gunter, Bernhard, Bon Sun Seo, and Farah Tasneem, "How Do Female Labor Force Participation Rates Change During Episodes of Globalization and Marginalization? Global Evidence from 1990 to 2019," The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Global Studies 17, no. 1 (August 2021): 1-12.

Hansen, Mary Eschelbach, Michael Martell, and Leanne Roncolato, "Tolerance and the Labor Supply of Gays and Lesbians,Journal of Demographic Economics. November 2021.

Kyui, Natalia and Natalia Radchenko, "The Changing of Composition of Academic Majors and Wage Dynamics: Beyond Mean Returns," Journal of Comparative Economics 49, no. 2 (2021): 358-381.

Stinebrickner, Ralph, Todd Stinebrickner, and Paul Sullivan, "Job Tasks, Time Allocation, and Wages," Journal of Labor Economics 37, no. 2 (2019).

Feinberg, Robert and Daniel Kuehn, “Guaranteed Non-Labor Income and Labor Supply: The Effect of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend,” BE Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy 18, no. 3 (2018).

Sullivan, Paul J., "Beauty, Job Tasks, and Wages: a New Conclusion about Employer Taste-Based Discrimination," Review of Economics and Statistics, 2018.

Radchenko, Natalia, "Informal Employment in Developing Economies: Multiple Heterogeneity," Journal of Development Studies, (2017): 495-513.

Hansen, Mary Eschelbach, Nicholas Kahn, and Josh Gupta-Kagan, "The Standard of Proof in the Substantiation of Child Abuse and Neglect," Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 2016.

Hansen, Mary Eschelbach and Michael E. Martell, "Self-Identity and the Lesbian Earnings Differential in the U.S.", Review of Social Economy, 2016.

Sawers, Larry, Eileen Stillwaggon, Jonathan Rout MD, David Addiss MD, and LeAnne Fox MD, "Economic Costs and Benefits of a Community-based Lymphedema-management Program for Lymphatic Filariasis in Odisha State, India," American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 2016.

Willoughby, John A., L. Roncolato, "Job Quality Complexities: Self-employment within the low-income communities surrounding Cape Town, South Africa," Review of Radical Poltiical Ecomnomics 49, no. 1 (2015): 30-53.

Student Research & Awards

  • Angie Ahmadi, May 2022, "Essays on Long-Term Care Insurance: Risk Misperceptions, Suboptimal Timing, and Racial Disparities"
  • Eric Carlson, March 2022, "Three Essays on Trade, Tasks, and Technology"
  • Lisa Herms, July 2022, "Consolidation, Specialization, and Quality in the U.S. Hospital Market"
  • Glen Kwende, June 2022, "Job Separation, Wage Rigidity, and Bargaining Power in Search Models"
  • Dingqian Liu, April 2022, "Manager Attention, Policy Uncertainty, and Stock Market"
  • Muhammad Abdullah Ali Malik, April 2022, "Three Contemporary Issues in Development Economics"
  • Jisung Moon, April 2022, "Analysis of the Cross-Border Capital Flows by Foreign Bank Branches: Case of Korea"
  • Michael Palmedo, April 2022, "Three Essays on Copyright Exceptions"
  • Hannah Randolph, March 2022, "Essays on Land Expropriation and Migration in East and Southeast Asia"
  • Russell Rollow, April 2022, "Three Essays on Macro-Finance, Banking, and Monetary Policy"
  • Ameesh Upadhyay, July 2022, "Essays on Conflict, Diversity, and Economic Development"
  • Amanda Mayoral, December 2021, "Three Essays on Institutions and Exports in the MENA Region"
  • Aarti Reddy, November 2021, "Overlapping Dimensions of Informality in Urban India"
  • Britni Wilcher, December 2021, "Essays on the Economics of Gender Disparities in the Health and Labor Markets"
  • Yu-Ruei Chen, 2022, "Examining the Existence of Asset Poverty Trap by Asset Dynamics: Revising the Indian Case"
    The paper examines the existence of the asset poverty trap in India to provide an empirical analysis regarding the poverty trap. Using the India Human Development Survey in 2005 and 2011, the paper tests the existence of single or multiple equilibria in an asset dynamics pattern. The result shows India was experiencing mixed asset dynamics with a single equilibrium, suggesting the poverty trap does not exist. Additionally, the significant impact of microfinance institutions on household poverty levels suggests the role of microfinance was a key finding source in these Indian provinces.
  • Emily Clayton, 2022, "Impact of Prescription Opioids on Labor Force Participation"
    This paper explores the impact of the opioid crisis on labor force participation in the United States through the three changing waves of the opioid crisis. The study uses statewide prescription opioid dispensing rates and labor force participation rates over the three waves of the crisis to estimate the effect of opioid distribution on labor force participation in the country. I found that prescription opioid distribution had the largest negative effect on labor force participation during the first wave of the crisis with the second wave producing similiar, less intense results. The third wave split from these results, providing that prescription opioid distribution had a small but positive effect on labor force participation.
  • Chris Conley, 2022, "The Impact of Hospital Consolidation on Healthcare Utilization"
    This study tests the connection between healthcare utilization and hospital concentration. In other words, does increased concentration result in higher cost shares or prices for patients and therefore affect demand for healthcare? I find that hospital consolidation affects healthcare utilization circumstantially dependent on health insurer dynamics. Hospital consolidation has a negative impact on healthcare utilization of inpatient and outpatient surgeries when the health insurance market is uncompetitive. In contrast, hospital consolidation positively impacts utilization in more competitive insurance markets.
  • Carla Anai Herrera, 2022, "Does Closing the Gender Gap in Education Make a Difference for Latin America's Development?"
    This paper provides empirical evidence of the impact that reducing the gender education gap has on economic growth and development for countries in Latin America. Looking at a 30-year period, I use available data from the United Nations, the World Bank, and other sources to assess the impact of education gender parity on GDP per capita growth, the Human Development Index, and life expectancy. I find a positive, although differentiated result by income level, of reducing the gender education gap in the region's life expectancy, but not on the other two indicators. Notwithstanding, there is empirical evidence that other gender-related variables can make a difference in economic growth. 
  • Garrett Sooter, 2022, "What Gives? A Study of the Individual Motivations of Personal Charitable Giving"
    In the past, economic research into charitable donations has primarily covered the incentives to donate. This study instead focuses on the individual benefits of donating to charity. As such, I create an empirical framework to analyze whether people are driven by altruistic intentions or a so-called "warm glow" effect--giving because it feels good to give. Although there is some evidence from this analysis that individuals are primarily guided by warm glow, much of this is derived from a lack of evidence for altruistic motivations. More must be done to find the proper control for the perceived marginal benefit of donations.

Research Papers & Policy Briefs

Aleksia Kainovic, December 2021, "Estimating the Effects of Joining the European Union"
This study estimates the effect joining the European Union had on the economic performance of individual countries. Using the synthetic control method, I estimate how GDP per capita would've behaved if Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Hungary had not joined the European Union. This method compares the actual country performance of GDP per capita with that of a weighted combination of comparable European economies that have not joined the Eu. The intervention in this study is the year each country joined the European Union. The effect of the intervention is measured by taking the difference of the actual development of GDP per capita in each country and the synthetic performance of GDP per capita. Findings suggest that per capita GDP increased with EU membership for Bulgaria and Romania, and declined for Hungary and Croatia, with Croatia experiencing the sharpest decline. Croatia experiencing the sharpest decline in GDP per capita out of all countries in the treatment group could be attributed to joining in 2013, right at the onset of the European Debt Crisis which caused most of Europe to experience a major delay in financial recovery.

Thrisha Mohan, May 2022, "Technology Companies and AntiTrust: The Effect of Anticompetitive Mergers"
This paper will focus on the impact of anti-competitive practices by large technology companies on market competitiveness and the impact on small and medium-sized businesses. Technology companies over the last few decades have worked to consolidate market power both vertically and laterally to become the predominant decision-makers and innovators in their industries. Large techonolgy companies will buy out competitiors or make cheaper and network versions of new goods that are created by other new companies and therefore edge these businesses out of the market. The predominant heterodox theory of antitrust that currently is being used to propose new legislation is the Neo Brandesian Movement, which suggests stronger legislation against anti-competitive mergers. However, it also acknowledges that with certain industries that tend to monopolistic markets like network goods, companies have to be held more responsible for the information and their treatment of consumers.

Santiago Nule, December 2021, "Does the Alonso-Muth-Mills Model Hold True After the 2020 Pandemic?"
In conjunction with the standard Alonso-Muth-Mills model, city centers and their urban surroundings have been the most desirable place to live. In 2020 the pandemic created the opportunity for workers to work from home. I conduct an empirical study in the 60 largest cities in the United States to test whether the possibility of working from home does not only imply a restructure in labor dynamics, but also in real estate markets, and the spatial distribution of cities. I find that the possibility of working from home, home buyers undergo a shift in home preferences that, to an extent, favors homes farther away from central business districts, where more spacious homes are cheaper.

Christopher Pingitore, May 2022, "The Unemployment Effects of the Paycheck Protection Program"
The Paycheck Protection Program, established through the CARES Act in 2020, cost the United States almost $800 billion dollars, or just shy of the GDP of Switzerland. The program was intended to assist small businesses maintain their workforce and payroll during lockdowns. But did the program succeed in this intention or did employers use the money for other purposes? While literature provides insight into the effectiveness of the program during the first draw period (from April to August 2020), little research has explored the second draw period (January to June 2021). Using loan specific data provided by the Small Business Administration and monthly employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fixed effects regressions are performed. Impacts are mixed both by region and time period. Nationally, the program had lasting positive unemployment effects during the first draw period and lasting negative unemployment effects during the second, which resulted in a moderate decrease in unemployment across the entire program.

Michael D. Wharff, May 2022, "The Political Economy of 'Big Oil' and Environmental Reform Policy"
In recent years, many of the world's largest gas and oil companies, coloquially known as 'Big Oil,' have shown support for carbon pricing in the form of a carbon tax. This support is peculiar as it would not typcally be seen as 'in the economic interest' of these oil companies. This brief analyzes this support through the lens of political economy and finds this support to be disingenuous. This conclusion is supported by evidence presented in several studies cited in the paper. This brief encouragees policymakers to implement a carbon tax despite 'Big Oil's' feigned support. Such a tool would be an effective way to meaninfully decrease carbon emissions from the operations of 'Big Oil,' as well as the downstream consumption of oil and its derivatives. Additionally, this brief encourages policymakers to impose limits on corporate power via overturning Citizens United versus Federal Elections Commission as well as the implementation of a legal requirement for politically oriented non-profits to disclose their donors.

Global Majority E-JournalResearch by AU Undergraduates

Latest issue: Volume 13, Number 1 (June 2022)

  • Gianna Amendolara, "Inequality on the Rise: A Study of Inequality in Mexico and Brazil"
  • Jack Green, "From Cairo and Carthange to the Rest of the World: Trade in Egypt and Tunisia"
  • Brendan Lawlor, "For the People or for Yourself? Poverty Reduction Strategies in Nigeria and Tanzania"
  • Grace Mondillo, "Stop Tying the Knot: Child Marriage in Malawi and Bangladesh"

James H. Weaver Prize: Amy Cross
Awarded to a graduate student for excellence in teaching.

Professor Jose D. and Ursula Epstein Award: Meave Fryer
Awarded to the student in the Masters of Arts program in Development Banking with the best performance measured by culmuluative GPA.

Frank M. Tamagna Education Endowment Fund: Tinatin Mumladze
Awarded to a graduate student studying International Finance and Monetary Economics.

Fred and Barbara Bergmann Fellowship Fund: Binderiya Byambasuren
Awarded to a student in the Program for Gender Analysis in Economics (PGAE).

Simon Naidel Prize: Danielle Wilson
Awarded to a student for outstanding work in Economic Theory.

Econometrics Paper Award: Farah Tasneem
Awarded to the winner of the annual Econometrics Paper Competition held in the Spring.

Caroline and Rick Barnett Scholarship Fund: Stevie Marvin & Ian Riggs
Awarded to an undergraduate student studying economics.

Ruth Dewey Meade Prize: Joshua Sucec
Awarded to an undergraduate studyent demonstrating an exceptional research project.

Robert T. Adams Scholarship Fund: John Burzawa & Linh Thao Hunyh
Awarded to an undergraduate student studying economics.

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