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Graduate Faculty

The following economics department faculty members participate in the graduate program by teaching graduate courses, writing qualifying and field exams, advising dissertations, and coauthoring papers with graduate students.

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Michael Babcock
Professor
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Research areas: Transportation economics, urban-regional economics.

Babcock is recognized as a leading national and international authority in three research areas--the impact of public policy on transportation market shares, agricultural transportation and shortline railroad transportation. In a 39 year career at KSU he has published more than 80 articles in professional journals, along with numerous monographs and technical reports. Babcock serves as the editor of Journal of the Transportation Research Forum.


Lance Bachmeier
Associate Professor
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Research areas: Macroeconomics and econometrics.

Bachmeier teaches a core econometrics course for the PhD program and field courses in time series econometrics and macroeconometrics. He has published in journals including The Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Macroeconomic Dynamics, Economic Inquiry, and Economics Letters. He is an associate editor of Energy Economics and co-editor of ERN Global Commodity Issues.


Philippe Belley
Assistant Professor
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Research areas: Labor economics.

Belley teaches a field course in labor economics. His recent research includes "Understanding Wage Growth: Estimating and Testing Learning-by-Doing" and "Wage Growth and Job Mobility in the Early Career: Testing a Statistical Discrimination Model of the Gender Wage Gap". His publications have appeared in the Canadian Journal of Economics and the Journal of Human Capital.


William Blankenau
Professor and Department Head
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Research areas: Macroeconomics and public economics.

Blankenau has taught a core macroeconomics course for the PhD program and a field course in economic growth. Much of his research investigates the macroeconomic consequences of eduction policy. His work has appeared in journals such as Review of Economic Dynamics, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Economic Theory, Journal of Development Economics, Macroeconomic Dynamics, and American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings. He is an associate editor of Economics Bulletin.


Hugh Cassidy
Assistant Professor
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Research areas: Labor economics.

Cassidy's research has examined the impact of job characteristics on promotion receipt, the relationships between hierarchical level and labor market outcomes, the role of promotions as signals of worker ability, and promotions in an environment of multiple worker abilities. Recent papers include "Skills, Tasks, and Occupational Choice", "The Signaling Role of Promotions: New Evidence from European Firms", "The Occupational Attainment of Natives and Immigrants: A Cross-Cohort Analysis", "Task Variation Within Occupations", and "Promotions, Piece Rates, and Occupational Skill Requirements".


Steve Cassou
Professor
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Research areas: Macroeconomics and public economics.

Cassou teaches a core macroeconomics course for the PhD program and a field course in macroeconomic modelling. His work has appeared in journals such as The Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Canadian Journal of Economics, Economic Theory, and Economics Letters.


Yang-Ming Chang
Professor
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Research areas: International trade and industrial organization.

Chang teaches a core microeconomics course for the PhD program. His work has appeared in journals such as Journal of Political Economy, Canadian Journal of Economics, Southern Economic Journal, Labour Economics, Journal of Population Economics, and Economics Letters.


Peri da Silva
Associate Professor
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Research areas: International trade.

da Silva teaches a field course in international trade. His publications have appeared in Journal of International Economics, Economic Theory, Journal of Development Economics, Canadian Journal of Economics, World Bank Economic Review, and Oxford Economic Papers.


Amanda Gaulke
Assistant Professor
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Research areas: Public economics and labor economics.

Gaulke teaches a field course in public economics. Her recent research includes “Stopping out of College: The Role of Credit Constraints”, “Does In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants Lead to Crowding out of Native Students in Postsecondary Education?”, and “BA Degree Completion and Enrollment in Less-than-Two-Year Programs”.


Philip Gayle
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
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Research areas: Industrial organization.

Gayle teaches a core microeconomics course for the PhD program and a field course in industrial organization. His work has appeared in journals such as Journal of Law and Economics, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Journal of Regulatory Economics, Southern Economic Journal, Economics Letters, and Applied Economics.


Yoon-Jin Lee
Assistant Professor
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Research areas: Econometrics.

Lee teaches a core econometrics course for the PhD program. Her research has been published in Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Econometrics, Annals of Statistics, Econometric Theory, and Journal of Time Series Analysis.


Ross Milton
Assistant Professor
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Research areas: Public economics.

Milton teaches a field course in public economics. His work has focused on whether taxes crowd out private contributions to public services and the optimal design of fiscal limits. Milton’s recent research includes “Crowd-out of Private Contributions to Local Public Goods: Evidence from School Tax Referenda” and “Optimal Fiscal Limits with Overrides.”


Leilei Shen
Assistant Professor
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Research areas: International trade.

Shen's research includes "Global Sourcing and Credit Constraints", "Value-Added Trade and U.S. Local Labor Markets: Does China Really Matter?", "Are Rising College Premiums Capitalized into House Prices in China", "Product Restructuring, Exports, Investment and Growth Dynamics", and "Financial Dependence and Growth: Diminishing Returns to Improvement in Financial Development".


Jin Wang
Assistant Professor
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Research areas: Industrial organization.

Wang teaches a field course in industrial organization. Her recent research includes "Do Birds of A Feather Flock Together? Platform’s Quality Screening and End-Users’ Choices: Theory and Empirical Study of Online Trading Platforms", "Quality Screening in Two-Sided Markets and Optimal Standards", and "A Study of Quality Revelation and Consumer Search".


Affiliated Faculty

The following faculty members teach, advise, and coauthor papers with our graduate students.

 

Jason Bergtold
Associate Professor
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Bergtold is associate professor of agricultural economics. His research interests include model specification and discrete choice modeling. He is currently examining land-use and land cover change issues related to bioenergy and agricultural expansion in Latin America. His publications have appeared in journals such as American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Energy Economics, Journal of Choice Modeling, and Journal of Applied Statistics.


Allen Featherstone
Professor
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Featherstone is professor of agricultural economics. He does research on production economics and agricultural finance. His publications have appeared in journals such as The Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Econometrics, Review of Industrial Organization, Journal of Productivity Analysis, and American Journal of Agricultural Economics.


Ben Schwab
Assistant Professor
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Schwab is an assistant professor of agricultural economics. His recent research includes “The incidence of the healthcare costs of smoking”, “Measuring women’s decisionmaking: Indicator choice and and survey design experiments from cash and food transfer evaluations in Ecuador, Uganda and Yemen”, “Much ado about modalities: Multicountry experiments on the effects of cash and food transfers on consumption patterns”, and “Endogenous epidemics and long run economic development”.


Tian Xia
Associate Professor
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Xia is associate professor of agricultural economics. His research interests include industrial organization in food and agricultural industries, applied econometrics, and international trade and policy. His current research focuses on industrial organization issues such as contracts and vertical coordination, product differentiation, market structure, and competition in food and agricultural industries. His publications have appeared in journals such as Review of Industrial Organization and American Journal of Agricultural Economics.