Jeff Yankow (Ph.D., The Ohio State University) joined the Furman economics faculty in 1999 and has held the David C. Garrett, Jr. Chair in Economics since 2008.  He regularly teaches courses in labor economics, intermediate microeconomics, the history of economic thought, senior economics seminar, and a freshman seminar on Adam Smith and the Wealth of Nations.   

Dr. Yankow's extensive research agenda has focused on the pecuniary returns to geographic mobility, the effect of neighborhoods on work behavior, the patterns of job search among young workers, and why workers living in cities earn higher real wages.  His research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Regional Science, and Journal of Urban EconomicsHe was also instrumental in the creation of the department's Adam Smith Prize, which celebrates the research and writing efforts of Furman students by recognizing the best paper written on an economics topic in a given year. 

An accomplished sportsman and seasoned traveler, Dr. Yankow played minor league baseball in the Kansas City Royals' farm system prior to attending graduate school.  In 2010, he lived for six months in Ukraine and served as an official international observer for the Ukrainian presidential election of that year.  A mountaineering hobbyist, he climbed Mount Rainier in June of 2014.

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-237

Economics of Poverty

Examination of the issues of income inequality and economic poverty in modern America. Topics include: theories of poverty and income distribution; statistical measurement of poverty and inequality; poverty trends among important racial and demographic groups; public policy initiatives.

ECN-247

History of Economic Thought

Development of economic thought from pre-classical writers through Adam Smith, the classical economists, socialist, marginalist, neoclassical and institutional writers to the present.

ECN-250

Labor Economics

The study of labor markets from both the firms' and workers' perspectives. Trends and relationships pertaining to the gender, race, age and educational composition of the workforce are discussed, as are worker mobility training and productivity. Major policies that affect labor markets (e.g., minimum wage, social security) are also examined.

ECN-346

Intermediate Microeconomics

Operation of the price system and its role in understanding the behavior of individual economic units: consumers, producers, and suppliers of resources. Applications of price theory to contemporary microeconomic problems.

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.

  • "A Longitudinal Analysis of the Impact of State Economic Freedom on Individual Wages," Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, forthcoming.
  • "Gender Differences in Employed Job Search: Why Do Women Search Less Than Men?" (with Mary Jean Horney), Modern Economy, Vol. 4, No. 7, 2013, 489-500.
  • "The Impact of Advertising on Fund Flows in Alternative Distribution Channels" (with Thomas I. Smythe, Michael Jones, and Vance Lesseig), International Journal of Financial Research, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2011, 2-22.
  • "Some Empirical Evidence of the Efficacy of Job Matching in Urban Labor Markets," International Advances in Economic Research, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2009, 233-244.
  • "Why Do Cities Pay More? An Empirical Examination of Some Competing Theories of the Urban Wage Premium," Journal of Urban Economics, Vol. 60, No. 2, 2006, 139-161.
  • "The Geographic Mobility of Displaced Workers: Do Local Labor Market Conditions Matter?" Review of Regional Studies, Vol. 34, No. 2, 2004, 120-136.
  • "Do Neighborhoods Affect Hours Worked? Evidence from Longitudinal Data," with Bruce A. Weinberg and Patricia B. Reagan, Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 22, No. 4, 2004, 891-924.
  • "Migration, Job Change and Wage Growth: A New Perspective on the Pecuniary Return to Geographic Mobility," Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 43, No. 3, 2003, 483-516.
  • "Does Distance Matter? A Comparison of Boundary and Distance-Based Measures of Internal Migration," Journal of Economic and Social Measurement, Vol. 28, No. 3, 2002/2003, 161-175.
  • "Migration, Job Change, and Sample Selection: A Probit Approach to Estimating the Determinants of Internal Migration," Pennsylvania Economic Review, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2003, 1-11.
  • "The Wage Dynamics of Internal Migration within the United States," Eastern Economic Journal, Vol. 25, No. 3, 1999, 265-278.
  • David C. Garrett, Jr. Endowed Chair in Economics, Furman University, 2008-present
  • Robert E. Hughes Endowed Professorship, Furman University, 1999-2002
  • William H. Green Memorial Fellowship, Ohio State University, 1998-99.
Education
Ph.D.
The Ohio State University
M.A.
The Ohio State University
B.A.
Wilkes University

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