Office Hours:by appointment
- Director of Undergraduate Studies
- PhD: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Professor of Economics
Teaching: Intermediate Microeconomics (Econ 306), Labor Economics (ECON 410), Seminar (ECON 492), Regional Economics (ECON 563)
Research: Regional economic growth and labor market outcomes, modeling economic impacts of natural hazards
Econ 306: Intermediate MicroeconomicsSyllabus
We develop and use theoretical models to explain economic decision-making by individuals and firms. Topics include economic modeling of household demand, competition and the effects of market power, and the role and impacts of government interventions in the economy.
Econ 492: Senior SeminarSyllabus
Economic models can provide important insights into a variety of recent newspaper headlines. For example, economic models can help understand the causes of inflation and its consequences, and what policy makers can do to combat it. International trade models are useful for identifying who wins and who loses in a trade war with China. Tax incidence models can help inform policies that mitigate climate change. In this class we will apply many of the basic models you have learned in your intermediate macro and micro courses to investigate a wide range of economic topics “in the news.”
Economics 410: Labor EconomicsSyllabus
We develop and use economic tools to understand how labor markets work. Topics include the causes of unemployment, the effects of educational attainment on worker wages, changes in income inequality, how workers are impacted by immigration, trade and technological change, the role of unions in the economy and discrimination in labor markets.