Professorships and Fellows

Professorships

Dennis W. Jansen, Director


Mary Julia and George R. Jordan, Jr. Professorship


Professor Dennis W. Jansen is the current Mary Julia and George R. Jordan Professor in Economics. After receiving his Ph.D. in Economics in 1983 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he moved to Texas A&M University as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1989 and to Professor in 1994. He served for two years as Director of the Graduate Program in Economics. He is currently serving as the Director of PERC.

Professor Jansen's research interests are in macroeconomics, monetary and financial economics, and time series econometrics. He has published nearly 40 refereed articles in professional journals and a large number of other professional writings such as reviews, encyclopedia entries, and book chapters. His most recent research interests include measuring risk in financial portfolios, international comparisons of the nonlinear dynamics governing economic aggregates and the strategy of economic policy making. Professor Jansen has also published undergraduate textbooks in macroeconomics and in money and banking. He recently served as editor of Economic Inquiry and has served as referee for many professional journals and for the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Jansen's CV



Thomas R. Saving


Jeff Montgomery Professorship


Dr. Saving pursues research in the areas of social insurance reform, monetary economics and public policy economics. His research has appeared in numerous academic journals including The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, The Journal of Retirement, and the International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics.  Dr. Saving has published six books, including The Diagnosis and Treatment of Medicare, The Economicsof Medicare Reform, and Medicare Reform: Issues and Answers, with Andew J. Rettenmaier.

Dr. Saving's CV



Mark Hoekstra


Rex B. Grey Professorship


Mark Hoekstra is an Associate 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’s 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.

Dr. Meer's CV



Sarah Zubiary


PERC Professor


Dr. Zubiary received her Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University and her Bachelor’s in Mathematics from the University of Rochester. A PERC Professor and Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Texas A&M University, Dr. Zubairy’s research focuses on empirical macroeconomics and monetary economics, with a particular focus on fiscal policy related issues. Her most recent work, “Housing and Tax Policy,” was published in the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking with Sami Alpanda. Dr. Zubiary has been published in several research journals including International Economic Review, Macroeconomic Dynamics, American Economic Review, Regional Science and Urban Economics and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review.

Dr. Zubiary's CV


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).

Dr. Gan's CV



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 Assistant 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.

Dr. Sekhposyan's CV

 



Asghar Zardkoohi


PERC Fellow


Asghar Zardkoohi is the T.J. Barlow Professor of Management at Texas A&M University. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1977. Professor Zardkoohi's research and teaching interests are business and public policy, government regulation, industrial organization, antitrust law, financial intermediaries, law and economics, and decision making under uncertainty. 

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