Jason Jones (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) joined the Furman economics faculty in 2008. His current research interests include issues related to the growth effects of trade agreements, IMF crisis response, fiscal policy effectiveness, international economic integration, and debt issue in the United States. Dr. Jones is also working on an economic impact study of Furman University. Two of his projects have been co-authored with students.  His teaching interests include macroeconomics, international macroeconomics, monetary policy, forecasting, statistics, and introductory economics.

Dr. Jones interest in Economics grew out of an experience living in Hungary for two years not long after the fall of communism. After returning, he took his first economics class and realized its application to the questions he had developed while abroad. Outside of Furman, Dr. Jones is busy with his five children and enjoys getting out into the mountains to hike, kayak, or play as much as possible.  

 


 

Name Title Description

ECN-111

Introduction to Economics

Introduction to the essential concepts of economic analysis and implications for public policy. Emphasis on examining the operation of markets in both a macro and micro setting. Topics include: inflation, unemployment and monetary policy as well as consumer behavior, the operation of business firms, and supply and demand. Offerings at other institutions are not typically considered equivalent to this course unless they provide thorough coverage of topics introduced in both macro and microeconomics.

ECN-200

Federal Rsrve & Monetary Plcy

An examination of the Federal Reserve system and its important role in the conduct of monetary policy. Emphasis is placed on the collection and interpretation of current economic indicators and how the Federal Reserve might respond to the existing economic situation. Course material will prepare students to participate in the Fed Challenge.

ECN-225

Statistics for Econ & Business

Introduction to applied probability and statistics. Topics include: tabular and graphical presentation of data; descriptive measures of central tendency, dispersion, and location; probability and probability distributions (discrete and continuous); inferential statistics and hypothesis testing; bivariate analysis (qualitative and quantitative), including crosstabulation, covariance, correlation, and simple linear regression. Transfer credit will not be awarded until students pass an equivalency exam administered by the department. Students cannot receive credit for this course and MTH-241.

ECN-253

International Macroeconomics

An introduction to international macroeconomic theory and policy. Topics covered include exchange rates, balance of payments, and interest rates. Stabilization policy in the open economy, currency crises, and monetary integration will also be explored.

ECN-345

Intermediate Macroeconomics

Focuses on short and long run macroeconomic models. Analysis of monetary and fiscal policies and their effectiveness in targeting aggregate measures of unemployment and inflation under closed and open economy regimes.

ECN-475

Senior Seminar in Economics

Capstone course for economics majors. Reading and analysis of selected topics. Research, data analysis and writing of selected topics. Presentation of student research in oral forum.

Peer Reviewed:

  • Cook, N. & J. Jones (2015). "The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and export diversification." The Journal of International Trade & Economic Development. 24(7): 947-967.

  • Atems, B. & J. Jones (2015). “Income inequality and economic growth: A panel VAR approach.” Empirical Economics. 48:1541-1561.
  • Jones, Jason (2013) "Cross-Border Banking in the Expanded European Union" Eastern European Economics. 51(6), 55–75.
  • Jones, Jason (2012). “Discretionary fiscal policy in the European Monetary Union.” Modern Economy. Vol. 3, No. 6, pp. 742-751.
  • Jones, Jason, Nora Collins, and Lauren Sribnick (2012). “External influences on business cycle synchronization in the euro area.” International Advances in Economic Research, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 28-40.               

Other:

  • “The Debt Ceiling ‘Crisis’” Greenville Business Magazine. May 2017 
  • Jones, Jason (2013). “Introduction: Exit from the Euro Crisis” in New Zealand and the EU: Exiting the Euro Area Crisis for the Europe-New Zealand Research Series. December.
  • “Let’s avoid ‘Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come’” Greenville News. November 22, 2012.
  • Co-chair of EUSA economics interest section (2011-present)
  • Red Hughes Chair (2008-2011)
Education
Ph.D.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
B.S.
Utah State University

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