Erol Balkan, Professor of Economics

B.A. and M.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Ph.D., State University of New York at Binghamton
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Areas of expertise: formation of middle classes in developing countries, effects of short-term capital flows on the Turkish economy and economic development, international finance and political economy of the Middle East

Erol Balkan, who earned a doctorate in economics from the State University of New York at Binghamton, joined the Hamilton faculty in 1987. He has received several awards and grants for his work, including, in 1996, the International Development Research Center Grant to study the effects of short-term capital flows on the Turkish economy. At Hamilton he teaches economic development, international finance and political economy of the Middle East. He has lectured as a visiting professor at Bilkent University in Ankara and Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey. Balkan’s 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 2009 by Berghahn Books. He is co-editor of The Neoliberal Landscape and the Rise of Islamist Capital in Turkey, published in 2015 by Berghahn Books. The book is volume 14 in the series Dislocations.

Emily Conover, Associate Professor of Economics

B.A. Wellesley College; M.Ec., Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
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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 and went on to earn her doctorate in economics from UC Berkeley. Conover’s current research interests include health policy, corruption, and formal and informal labor markets, among other topics in applied microeconomics.


Arian Farshbaf Yazdandoust, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics

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Ari Farshbaf graduated from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in 2012. He previously taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Westminster College in Utah, and Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania as visiting assistant professor of economics and finance. Farshbaf holds a Ph.D. in economics and a master’s in mathematical finance from USC. He has an international personal, academic and business background and likes learning about languages and cultures. Farshbaf’s main academic research is on international macroeconomics and recently been on international trade patterns in Middle East and North Africa and Central Asia regions.

Christophre Georges, Professor of Economics

B.A., Connecticut College; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Michigan
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Areas of expertise: macroeconomics

Christophre Georges earned his doctorate in economics from the University of Michigan and joined the Hamilton faculty in 1989. 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. 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.

Paul Hagstrom, Chair, Professor of Economics

B.A., St. Olaf College; M.S. and Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
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Areas of expertise: economics of poverty, immigration and immigrant policy

Paul Hagstrom attended the University of Wisconsin, where he earned his master's and doctorate. Since coming to Hamilton in 1991, he has published many papers, mainly focusing on his interest and teaching field, which is 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.

Elizabeth Jensen, Professor of Economics

B.A., Swarthmore College; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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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

Elizabeth Jensen earned her bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College and doctorate from M.I.T. 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. She has twice been honored for her teaching, having been chosen as the Christian A. Johnson Excellence in Teaching Professor for 2011-14 and receiving the Class of 1962 Outstanding Teaching Award in 2002.

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

B.A., Newcastle Upon Tyne; M.Sc., London School of Economics; Ph.D., Cornell University
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Areas of expertise: Employee participation and human resource management practices, including employee ownership; insider econometrics, cooperatives, transition economies and Internet economics

Derek Jones earned his doctorate at Cornell University. He has published more than 130 articles in journals and book chapters and has edited eight books. Jones, who works in the areas of employee ownership and cooperatives, undertook some of the first empirical analysis of long-established worker cooperatives and firms with employee ownership and employee participation. 

Ann Owen, Professor of Economics and the Henry Platt Bristol Professor of Public Policy

B.A., Boston University; M.B.A., Babson College; M.A. and Ph.D., Brown University
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Areas of expertise: long-run growth, inequality, and sustainability

Ann Owen, formerly a Federal Reserve economist, earned a doctorate from Brown University and a master's of business administration from Babson College. 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. She maintains her own professional website.

Javier Pereira, Assistant Professor of Economics

B.S., Universidad Torcuato Di Tella; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Washington

Javier M. Pereira received his B.A. and post-graduate degree in economics from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Argentina, and his master’s degree and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington in Seattle. His research interests are in financial intermediation, credit risk and international finance. His current research focuses on the role of underwriter reputation in financial market stability. Pereira worked previously as a consultant in the Latin America finance and private sector development unit at The World Bank. Prior to joining the Bank, he was an associate analyst in the Structured Finance Team at Moody’s Investor Service and a research analyst at Consultatio Asset Management. Pereira has taught courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics and finance at the University of Washington.

Jeffrey Pliskin, Associate Professor of Economics

B.A., SUNY Binghamton; M.A., University of Michigan; Ph.D., University of Michigan
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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 degree and doctorate in economics from the University of Michigan and joined the Hamilton College faculty in 1982.  Pliskin has 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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