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Department Chair

B.A.-University of Maryland
Ph.D.-University of Pennsylvania 

Telephone: (336) 758-4916

Office: 206 Kirby Hall


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Curriculum Vitae

I have been Chair of Wake Forest’s Economics Department since 2007.  I have edited five books. Historical Perspectives on the American Economy (with Dianne Betts, 1995), Public Choice Interpretations of American Economic History (with Jac Heckelman and John Moorhouse, 1999), the Handbook of Modern Economic History and the Handbook of Economic Events (both with Randall Parker, 2012), as well as The Economic Crisis in Retrospect: Explanations by Great Economists (with Page West, forthcoming). 

My early research focused on the history of labor markets, with emphasis on the length of the work week, aging, and discrimination. Several of my papers explore consensus among economic historians and economists, especially the widely-cited “Do Economists Agree on Anything?” (The Economists’ Voice, 2006) and “Are Disagreements among Male and Female Economists Marginal at Best?” (with Ann Mari May and Mary McGarvey, forthcoming in Contemporary Economic Policy). My Modern Economic Issues course, 36 half hour lectures on issues ranging from inflation, unemployment, inequality, trade, global climate change and taxes to WalMart, Social Security, health care, baseball, obesity and immigration, is available from The Teaching Company .

I am Book Review Editor for EH.Net, which provides electronic services for economic historians. I also edit EH.Net’s Encyclopedia of Economic and Business History.

I am managing editor and co-editor of The Independent Review. 

I regularly teach Introduction to Economics, Current Economic Issues, American Economic Development, and Natural Resource Economics. In 1999 the Economic History Association awarded me the Jonathan Hughes Prize for Excellence in Teaching Economic History.



ECN 150: Introduction to Economics

ECN 241: Natural Resource Economics

ECN 266: Economics of Entrepreneurship

ECN 270: Current Economic Issues

ECN 261: American Economic Development

FYS 100: The Role of Government in the Economy

FYS 100: Entrepreneurs in American History



“Are Disagreements among Male and Female Economists Marginal at Best? A Survey of AEA Members and Their Views on Economics and Economic Policy” (with Ann Mari May and Mary McGarvey), forthcoming Contemporary Economic Policy.

“Is Economic History a Neglected Field of Study?” Historically Speaking, 11 (2), April 2010.

“The Policy Views of American Economic Association Members,” Econ Journal Watch, 6 (3): September 2009. Modern Economic Issues, The Teaching Company, 2007.

“Time to Eliminate the Penny from the U.S. Coinage System: New Evidence,” Eastern Economic Journal, 33 (1), Winter 2007.

“Collapse? The ‘Dismal’ Science Doesn’t Think So: Economists’ Views of the Future,” The Independent Review, 11 (2), Fall 2006.


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