Jim West, Ph.D.
Professor - Economics
M, T, W 9:00 am - 11:00 am
and by appointment
BA - Economics, UNIVERSITY OF DENVER
MA - Economics, UNIV MICHIGAN ANN ARBOR
Ph D - Economics, UNIV MICHIGAN ANN ARBOR, 1994
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)
American Economics Association
Western Economic Association International
Basic or Discovery Scholarship
"From Natural Variation to Optimal Policy? The Importance of Endogenous Peer Group Formation," Econometrica
, Vol. 81, No. 3, (May 2013), pp. 855-882 (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 (coauthors: Jeffrey Smith).
"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.