The Heart of Teaching Economics
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The Heart of Teaching Economics

Lessons from Leading Minds

Simon W. Bowmaker

This unique monograph comprises a collection of interviews conducted face-to-face with leading economists at universities throughout the United States. Presented with the singular opportunity to reflect on and share their wisdom and experience, the 21 interviewees discuss how they interpret, understand and practice their role as teachers. In addition to providing lessons that will inform the way others teach, the interviews shatter the illusion that teaching and research are strictly independent and competing activities.
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Chapter 11: Labor Economics

Daniel Hamermesh


Daniel Hamermesh Daniel Hamermesh was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1943 and received his AB in economics from the University of Chicago in 1965 and his PhD in economics from Yale University in 1969. He taught at Princeton University between 1969 and 1973 and at Michigan State University between 1973 and 1993. He then moved to the University of Texas at Austin, where he currently serves as the Sue Killam Professor in the Foundation of Economics. He also holds the position of Professor of Labour Economics at Maastricht University. At UT Austin, Professor Hamermesh teaches undergraduate courses in Principles of Microeconomics, Economics of Life and Econometrics and Labor Economics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His undergraduate teaching has gained him several University-wide teaching awards, including the University of Texas President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award in 2007–08 and the Outstanding Teacher of Freshman Award from the University of Texas Freshman Honor Societies, ÖÅÓ and ÁËÄ, in 1996. Professor Hamermesh’s research interests focus on time use, labor demand, social programs, academic labor markets and unusual applications of labor economics (to beauty, sleep and suicide). His articles have been published in the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economics and 196 M2372 - BOWMAKER TEXT.indd 196 29/9/10 11:36:36 Labor economics – Daniel Hamermesh 197 Statistics and Journal of Labor Economics, among others. His books include, Economics is Everywhere (Worth Publishers, 3rd edition, 2010), Labor Demand (Princeton University Press, 1993) and the Economics of Work...

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