Professorships and Fellows

Professorships

Mark Hoekstra


Rex B. Grey Professorship


Mark Hoekstra is a Professor of Economics at Texas A&M University, and holds the Private Enterprise Research Center Rex B. Grey Professorship. He received his B.A. in Economics from Hope College in 2001 and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Florida in 2006. His primary areas of research are labor economics and the economics of education, where he focuses on questions that have direct relevance for public policy. His research has been published in top economics journals including American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Public Economics, and Review of Economics and Statistics, and has been covered by numerous media outlets. He is currently an Associate Editor at the Journal of Human Resources. He also holds appointments as a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and as a Research Fellow at IZA, and was awarded the 2012 IZA Young Labor Economist Award.

 

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Steve Puller


Professor of Free Enterprise


Steve Puller is the PERC Professor in Free Enterprise at the Department of Economics at Texas A&M University. He received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago and Ph.D. in Economics from University of California at Berkeley. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and Faculty Affiliate with the E2e Project. His primary research areas are empirical industrial organization and the study of energy markets. He teaches courses in Industrial Organization, Energy Economics, and Econometrics, and in 2014 received the Association of Former Students College-Level Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching.



Jonathan Meer


PERC Professor


Jonathan Meer is a Professor of Economics at Texas A&M University and is a PERC Professor. His research focuses on charitable giving and the economics of education. His recent work examines whether fundraising creates new giving, how Teach for America teachers impact college-going among low-income students, and how the interaction between teacher and student gender affects student performance. He is a Private Enterprise Research Center professor and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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Sarah Zubairy


PERC Professor


Sarah Zubairy is an Associate Professor of Economics at Texas A&M University and is a PERC Professor. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University and her Bachelor’s in Mathematics from the University of Rochester. Her research focuses on empirical macroeconomics and monetary economics, with a particular focus on fiscal policy related issues.  Her recent work focuses on quantifying government spending multipliers for the U.S, in good versus bad times using historical data and investigating the interaction between effectiveness of monetary policy and household indebtedness. Her research has been published in top economics journals including Journal of Political Economy, American Economic ReviewInternational Economic Review and Journal of Money, Credit and Banking.

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Fellows

Li Gan


PERC Fellow


Li Gan is a Professor of Economics at Texas A&M University. In 1998 Dr. Gan received his Ph.D. in Economics from University of California at Berkeley, and he served on the faculty at University of Texas at Austin prior to joining the faculty at Texas A&M in 2005. He currently serves as the Director of the Masters Program in Economics at Texas A&M. He is a Private Enterprise Research Center Research Fellow and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

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Thomas R. Saving


Director Emeritus


Dr. Thomas R. Saving is the Director Emeritus of the Private Enterprise Research Center and a University Distinguished Professor of Economics Emeritus at Texas A&M University. Dr. Saving received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and served on the faculty at the University of Washington at Seattle and Michigan State University before moving to Texas A&M University in 1968. Dr. Saving's research has covered the areas of antitrust, monetary, and health economics. He has served as a referee or as a member of the editorial board of the major United States economics journals and as co-editor of Economic Inquiry from 1997-2006. His current research emphasis is on the benefit of markets in solving the pressing issues in health care and Social Security. He is the co-editor of Medicare Reform: Issues and Answers, University of Chicago Press, 1999, and the co-author of The Economics of Medicare Reform, W.E. Upjohn Institute, 2000, and The Diagnosis and Treatment of Medicare, AEI, 2007. Dr. Saving was elected to the post of President of the Western Economics Association, the Southern Economics Association and the Association of Private Enterprise Education. In 2000, President Clinton appointed Dr. Saving as a Public Trustee of the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds; he served as Trustee until 2007. He also served on President Bush's bipartisan Commission to Strengthen Social Security.
 
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Timothy J. Gronberg


PERC Fellow


Timothy J. Gronberg is a Professor of Economics at Texas A&M University. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University in 1978, and has served on the faculty at Texas A&M since 1977. He was Assistant Department Head from 1989-91, and Department Head of Economics from 1991-96. In 2010, he resumed his role as the Department Head.  Professor Gronberg has been a PERC Research Fellow since 1994.



Tatevik Sekhposyan


PERC Fellow


Dr. Tatevik Sekhposyan is a PERC Fellow and an Associate Professor of Macroeconomics at Texas A&M University. Dr. Sekhposyan earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s in Economics from Ohio University. Previously, she worked as a Senior Analyst at the Bank of Canada prior to joining the Department of Economics. Currently, Dr. Sekhposyan serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Econometrics and is on the executive committee of the Society of Non-Linear Dynamics and Econometrics. Her research primarily focuses on developing methods for model evaluation, with particular emphasis on inference in the context of time variation. Her most recent work, “Macroeconomic Uncertainty Indices for the Euro and its Individual Member Countries,” with Barbara Rossi was published in Empirical Economics. Dr. Sekhposyan has been published in several other journals including Journal of Applied Econometrics, American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings, International Journal of Forecasting, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review, as well as The Regional Economist.

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