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 Economics. He 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
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 of the Ukrainian presidential election in that year. A mountaineering hobbyist, he climbed Mount Rainier in June of 2014.