Directory

Directory

Jim West

Professor - Economics

Contact Information

Email:  J_West@baylor.edu
Homepage:  http://www.baylor.edu/j_west
Fax:  (254) 710-6142
Mailing Address:  One Bear Place #98003
Waco, TX  76798-8003
Office Location:  Foster Business and Innovation¬†320.05

Office Hours

FALL 2016
Mon., Tues. & Wed. 8:30 am - 11:30 am
and by appointment

Educational Background

  • BA - Economics, UNIVERSITY OF DENVER
  • MA - Economics, UNIV MICHIGAN ANN ARBOR
  • PHD - Economics, UNIV MICHIGAN ANN ARBOR

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
  • Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Western Economic Association International

Publications

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.

"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.

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

"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.

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

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

"Does Your Cohort Matter? Measuring Peer Effects in College Achievement," Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 27, No. 3, (July 2009), pp. 439-464.

"Peer Effects in Academic Cheating," Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 43, No. 1, (Winter 2008), pp. 173-207.

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

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

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

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

Presentations and Proceedings

Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"The Impact of Intergroup Contact on Racial Attitudes and Revealed Preferences," presented at the STATA Texas Empirical Microeconomics Conference, Dallas, TX, October 2015 (coauthors: Scott E Carrell, Mark Hoekstra).

"The Impact of Intergroup Contact on Racial Attitudes and Revealed Preferences," presented at the NBER Summer Institute, Cambridge, MA, July 2015 (coauthors: Scott E Carrell, Mark Hoekstra).

"The Impact of Intergroup Contact on Racial Attitudes and Revealed Preferences," presented at the Department Research Seminar, Columbia, MO, March 2015 (coauthors: Scott E Carrell, Mark Hoekstra).

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).
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