Directory

Directory

Jim West, Ph.D.

W.H. Smith Professorship in Economics - Economics

Contact Information

Email:  J_West@baylor.edu
Homepage:  http://www.baylor.edu/j_west
Campus Phone:  (254) 710-6126
Fax:  (254) 710-6142
Mailing Address:  One Bear Place #98003
Waco, TX  76798
Office Location:  Hankamer #345

Office Hours

Fall 2013
M, T, W 8:30 am - 10:30 am
and by appointment

Educational Background

  • BA - Economics, UNIVERSITY OF DENVER
  • MA - Economics, UNIV MICHIGAN ANN ARBOR
  • Ph D - Economics, UNIV MICHIGAN ANN ARBOR, 1994

Work Experience

  • Professor of Economics, US Air Force Academy (July 1, 2007 - July 1, 2011)
  • Associate Professor of Economics, US Air Force Academy (January 1, 2003 - June 30, 2007)
  • Assistant Professor of Economics, US Air Force Academy (June 30, 1997 - December 31, 2002)
  • Assistant Professor of Economics, Seattle University (August 30, 1994 - June 30, 1997)

Awards and Honors

  • Robert and Robin Nitsche Outstanding Scholar, Hankamer School of Business (2013)

Professional Memberships

  • American Economics Association
  • Western Economic Association International

Publications

Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"From Natural Variation to Optimal Policy? The Importance of Endogenous Peer Group Formation," Econometrica, (December 2012) (coauthors: Scott E Carrell, Bruce I Sacerdote).

"A's from Zzzz's? The Causal Effect of School Start Time on the Academic Achievement of Adolescents," The American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Vol. 3, No. 3, (August 2011), pp. 62-81 (coauthors: Scott E Carrell, Teny Maghakian).

"Is Poor Fitness Contagious? Evidence from Randomly Assigned Friends," Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 95, No. 7-8, (August 2011), pp. 657-663 (coauthors: Scott E Carrell, Mark Hoekstra).

"Does Drinking Impair College Performance? Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Approach," Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 95, No. 1-2, (January 2011), pp. 54-62 (coauthors: Scott E Carrell, Mark Hoekstra).

"Sex and Science: How Professor Gender Perpetuates the Gender Gap," Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 125, No. 3, (August 2010), pp. 1101-1144 (coauthors: Scott E Carrell, Marianne E Page).

"Does Professor Quality Matter? Evidence from Random Assignment of Students to Professors," Journal of Political Economy, (June 2010) (coauthors: Scott E Carrell).

"Does Your Cohort Matter? Measuring Peer Effects in College Achievement," Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 27, No. 3, (July 2009), pp. 439-464 (coauthors: Scott E Carrell, Richard L Fullerton).

"Peer Effects in Academic Cheating," Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 43, No. 1, (Winter 2008), pp. 173-207 (coauthors: Scott E Carrell, Frederick Malmstrom).

"A Sequential Equilibrium for th eArmy's Targeted Selective Reenlistment Program," Human Resourcde Management, Vol. 46, No. 1, (Spring 2007), pp. 21-34 (coauthors: Scott E Carrell).

"Optimal Compensating Wages for Military Personnel," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Vol. 24, No. 4, (Fall 2005), pp. 803-822 (coauthors: Scott E Carrell).

"Class Action Extraction?," Public Choice, Vol. 116, No. 1-2, (January 2003), pp. 91-108 (coauthors: Jeffrey Haymond).

"The Evolution of Fuzzy Rules as Strategies in Two-Player Games," Southern Economic Journal, Vol. 69, No. 3, (January 2003), pp. 705-717 (coauthors: Bruce G Linster).

Presentations and Proceedings

Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"Department of Defense Retirement," presented at the NBER Conference on State and Local Pensions, Jackson Hole, WY, August 2012.

"Effects of Peers and Professors: Using Air Force Academy Data," presented at the No Free Lunch, Waco TX, November 2011.

"From Natural Variation to Optimal Policy: A Cautionary Tale in How Not to Improve Student Outcomes," presented at the Research Seminar, Colorado Springs, CO, December 2010.

"Does Professor Quality Matter? Evidence from Random Assignment of Students to Professors," presented at the Research Seminar, San Antonio, TX, November 2010.

"Beware of Economists Bearing Reduced Forms: An Experiment in How Not To Improve Student Outcomes," presented at the NBER Summer Institute, Cambridge, MA, August 2010.

"Beware of Economists Bearing Reduced Forms: An Experiment in How Not To Improve Student Outcomes," presented at the Research Seminar, Ft. Collins, CO, August 2010.

"Sex and Science: How Professor Gender Perpetuates the Gender Gap," presented at the Research Seminar, Boulder, CO, April 2010.
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