Jean Horney (Ph.D., Duke University) joined the Furman economics faculty in 1979. Professor Horney's teaching interests include microeconomic theory, labor economics, research and statistical methods, and the economics of gender. She has also been active in the leadership and governance of the interdisciplinary Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies minor. A respected scholar, Professor Horney's article on "Nash-Bargained Household Decisions" is seminal to the field. Her more recent research has focused on the employed job search behavior of young women. In fall 2012, she served as the chair of the Economics Department.

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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.


Economics of Gender

Examination of the significance of gender differences in the U.S. economy. Topics include: differences in earnings and occupational choice, discrimination, consequences of women's employment for the family, and the feminization of poverty.


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.

  • "Gender Differences in Employed Job Search: Why Do Women Search Less Than Men?" with Jeffrey Yankow, forthcoming in Modern Economy
  • "The Household Allocation Problem: Empirical Results from a Bargaining Model," with Marjorie McElroy in Paul T. Schultz (ed.), Research in Population Economics, Volume 6. Greenwich, Conn. and London: JAI Press (1988): 15-38
  • "Nash-Bargained Household Decisions: Toward a Generalization of the Theory of Demand," with Majorie McElroy. International Economic Review 22(2), June 1981, 333-349.
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