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Michael Ransom

Michael R. Ransom​

Profes​​sor​​, Research Associate to IZA and Clayne B. Pope Professorship in Economics​

2149 WVB

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PhD, Princeton University, 1983
MA, Princeton University, 1980
BA, Brigham Young University, 1977

Research and Professional Experience

Michael R Ransom is currently Professor of Economics at Brigham Young University. He served as chairman of the Department of Economics from 2005 to 2010. Before coming to BYU in 1988, Dr. Ransom taught at the University of Arizona, and has also been a visiting professor at Princeton University (2000-2001) and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany. Dr. Ransom received his BA in economics from Brigham Young University in 1977, and his PhD in economics from Princeton University in 1983. His research focuses primarily on issues of the labor market, with particular interest in academic labor markets and labor markets with imperfect competition.

Selected Publications

"Pension Plan Characteristics and Framing Effects in Employee Savings Behavior," Review of Economics and Statistics, (February, 2011), 93 (No. 1), 228-243., (with David E. Card).

"Manager Ethnicity and Employment Segregation," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, (April 2013), 66 (No. 2), 346-379. (with Laura Giuliano)

"Fame and the Fortune of Academic Economists: How the market rewards influential research in economics." Southern Economic Journal, forthcoming. (with Christiana E. Hilmer and Michael J. Hilmer)