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Economics

Faculty

The faculty in Hamilton's Economics Department are dedicated teachers and scholars who publish regularly in top academic journals, author textbooks, and write articles on teaching economics to undergraduates. The department is routinely ranked among the top in research productivity at liberal arts colleges.

Erol Balkan, Ph.D., Professor of Economics

ebalkan@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: formation of middle classes in developing countries; effects of short term capital flows on the Turkish economy; economic development, international finance and political economy of the Middle East.
Erol Balkan earned a Ph.D. in economics from the State University of New York at Binghamton and joined the Hamilton faculty in 1987. More >>

Balkan has received several awards and grants for his work, including the International Development Research Center Grant in 1996 to study the effects of short term capital flows on the Turkish economy. He teaches economic development, international finance and political economy of the Middle East at Hamilton and has lectured as a visiting professor at Bilkent University in Ankara and Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey. 

Balkan’s recent book on the formation of the Turkish middle class and education Reproducing Class: Education, Neoliberalism, and the Rise of the New Middle Class in Istanbul was published in January 2009 by Berghahn Books. He is currently working on a manuscript titled The Neoliberal Landscape and the Rise of Islamic Capital.

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Emily Conover, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Economics

econover@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: international economic development and labor economics.
Emily Conover grew up in Colombia and came to the United States for her undergraduate studies at Wellesley College. She then studied economics at the University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne. Conover earned her Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley. More >>

Conover’s current research interests include health policy, corruption, and formal and informal labor markets, among other topics in applied microeconomics.

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Christophre Georges, Ph.D., Professor of Economics

cgeorges@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: macroeconomics.
Christophre Georges earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan and joined the Hamilton faculty in 1989. More >>

His research focuses on macroeconomic dynamics, and his current research includes work on learning and agent-based modeling in macroeconomics and finance. Georges teaches courses in macroeconomic theory, game theory and the history of economic thought at Hamilton. He has lectured as a visiting professor at Washington University and the University of Michigan and has been a visiting fellow at the University of Oxford.

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Paul Hagstrom, Ph.D., Professor of Economics

phagstro@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: economics of poverty and immigration; and immigrant policy.
Paul Hagstrom attended the University of Wisconsin where he earned his master's and Ph.D. Since coming to Hamilton in 1991, Hagstrom has published many papers, mainly focusing on his interest and teaching field, the economics of poverty. More >>

Since coming to Hamilton in 1991, Hagstrom has published many papers, mainly focusing on his interest and teaching field, the economics of poverty. His research now focuses on immigration and immigrant policy. Currently he is working on “The Role of Networks in Immigrant and Refugee Entrepreneurship.” He is also involved with the President’s Planning Committee and the Oral Communication Committee. He is a former director of the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center.

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Jarrod Hunt, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics

jehunt@hamilton.edu
Jarrod Hunt earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Houston and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Memphis More >>

Hunt's research primarily focuses on topics in applied macroeconomics, particularly in the area of sovereign debt and default.  Examples of his recent research include developing improved forecasting models of sovereign default and studying the relationship between sovereign default and economic volatility.  At Hamilton, Hunt will teach courses that evaluate issues in both macroeconomics and microeconomics.

Betsy Jensen, Ph.D., Christian A. Johnson Excellence in Teaching Professor of Economics

ejensen@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: industrial organization; teaching industrial organization; the predictors of academic success in college and student course choice; antitrust and regulation; and American economic history and microeconomic theory.
Betsy Jensen earned her bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College and Ph.D. from M.I.T. She joined the Hamilton College faculty in 1983. More >>

Jensen is co-author of Industrial Organization: Theory and Practice, a leading industrial organization textbook developed in part from experiences teaching students at the College. Her recent work investigates pedagogical questions arising in teaching industrial organization, the predictors of academic success in college and student course choice.

Jensen teaches courses in industrial organization, antitrust and regulation, American economic history and microeconomic theory. She has twice been honored for her teaching, having been chosen as the Christian A. Johnson Excellence in Teaching Professor for 2011-2014 and receiving the Class of 1962 Outstanding Teaching Award in 2002.

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Derek Jones, Ph.D., Irma M. and Robert D. Morris Professor of Economics

djones@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: employee participation and human resource managment practices, including employee ownership; insider econometrics; cooperatives; transition economies; Internet economics; fair wages and supply chains.
Derek Jones earned his Ph.D. at Cornell University and master's degree from the London School of Economics before joining the Hamilton faculty in 1972. More >>

Jones has published widely, with more than 110 articles in refereed journals and chapters in books (including several with students) and he has also edited eight books. He undertook some of the first empirical analysis of long established worker cooperatives and firms with employee ownership and employee participation. He is a past president of the Association of Comparative Economic Studies, was also formerly president of the international association, Economics of Participation, and is a founding editor of the research series Advances in the Economic Analysis of Participatory and Labor Managed Firms.

Jones continues to work in the broad areas of employee ownership and cooperatives with current research focusing on empirical analysis of primary data from the Mondragon cooperatives and a series of econometric case studies mainly of firms in the U.S., China, and Finland supported in part by a grant from NSF. He also continues to work on diverse issues concerning the transition economies of Bulgaria, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Russia and China. In addition Jones has a strong interest in the Internet economy, and is senior editor for the Handbook of Economics in the Digital Age.

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Ann Owen, Ph.D., Henry Platt Bristol Professor in Public Policy

aowen@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: long-run growth, and inequality and sustainability.
Ann Owen, formerly a Federal Reserve economist, earned a Ph.D. from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Babson College. More >>

She has diverse research interests and has published papers on long-run growth and income distribution as well as teaching economics to undergraduates. Examples of her current research projects include an examination of how the process of economic growth varies across countries, a study of the role of ethnic fractionalization in economic development, and an investigation into the ways in which banks influence long-run economic growth. Owen teaches courses in economic growth, monetary policy, macroeconomic theory and statistics.

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Jeffrey Pliskin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics

jpliskin@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: profit sharing and flexible workplace practices and their effects on firm performance; prior information and biased estimation methods.
Jeffrey Pliskin earned his master's and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan and joined the Hamilton College faculty in 1982. More >>

Pliskin has also written papers on prior information and biased estimation methods. He teaches courses on econometrics, international trade, microeconomic theory, and introductory macroeconomics. He has been a resident scholar at the Jerome Levy Economics Institute of Bard College.

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Onur Sapci, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics

osapci@hamilton.edu
Onur Sapci received his M.Sc. degree from the Iowa State University and received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wyoming. More >>

His teaching and research interests are concentrated in environmental economics, behavioral economics, energy economics and applied econometrics. Sapci recently published in the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics and he regularly attends and presents his work in the environmental economics meetings. He will be teaching environmental economics and energy economics as well as some other core courses at Hamilton.

Judit Temesvary, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Economics

jtemesva@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: macroeconomics; financial institutions behavior; and the interaction of financial institutions and the real economy.
Judit Temesvary earned her Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University. More >>

Her research focuses on applied macroeconomics, more specifically the relationship between the macro-economy and financial institutions’ activities, with a special interest in commercial banks; banks’ global lending activities and their effects on national economies; how national and global bank regulations can influence the macroeconomic effects of banks, and how and why banks' lending rates differ by currency and across countries. Temesvary teaches courses on macroeconomics, and financial institutions and financial crises.

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Julio Videras, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center

jvideras@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: environmental economics, social economics, empirical economics and GIS.
Julio Videras has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. More >>

His research focuses on applied environmental economics, in particular how cultural and social factors influence the voluntary provision of the public good of environmental quality and sustainable development practices; the relationships between community composition, collective action, and the supply and demand of environmental goods; and how to identify and account for sources of unobserved heterogeneity through finite mixture models. Videras teaches courses in microeconomics, statistics, environmental economics, and social economics.

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Stephen Wu, Ph.D., Professor of Economics

swu@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: health and health care; higher education; and the economics of happiness.
Stephen Wu received his Ph.D. and master’s degree from Princeton University and his bachelor’s degree from Brown University. More >>

He has published widely in many areas of applied microeconomics. Some of the topics of his research include the relationship between health and socioeconomic status, the determinants of subjective-well being, and the economics of higher education. Wu regularly teaches courses in microeconomics, statistics, health economic and labor economics and is currently writing an introductory economics textbook.

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Margie Morgan-Davie, Lecturer in Economics

mmorgand@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: ecological economics, sustainable agriculture, income inequality, and issues relating to capitalism, markets and society.
Margaret Morgan-Davie earned her Ph.D. in economics from Cornell in 1991. More >>

Her bachelor's degree was in German and music from Oberlin College. When she is not at Hamilton, she may be found at Utica College, where she has taught since 2001. Her research interests include ecological economics, sustainable agriculture - she was part-owner for many years of a small scale farm producing sheep’s milk and pastured meat products - income inequality, and issues relating to capitalism, markets and society.

Stephen Owen, M.A., C.P.A., Lecturer in Economics

smowen@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: corporate financial management and financial reporting.
Stephen Owen, lecturer in economics, was chief financial officer and vice president of finance at Coyne International Enterprises Corp. in Syracuse. More >>

He earned a master’s degree in teaching from Tufts University and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts and Boston University. Owen is a C.P.A.

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