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Larry Sawers (with Eileen Stillwaggon, Jonathan Rout MD, david Addiss MD, and LeAnne Fox MD), " Economic Costs and Benefits of a Community-based Lymphedema-management Program for Lymphatic Filariasis in Odisha State, India," American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, forthcoming 2016.

Gabriel Mathy (with Nicolas L. Ziebarth of the University of Iowa), "How Much does Political Uncertainty Matter? The Case of Louisiana Under Huey Long," Journal of Economic History, forthcoming 2017.

Gabriel Mathy, "Stock Volatility, Return Jumps, and Uncertainty Shocks During The Great Depression," Financial history Review, forthcoming 2016.

Boris Gershman, "Witchcraft Beliefs and the Erosion of Social Capital: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa and Beyond," Journal of Development Economics, forthcoming May 2016.

Daniel Kuehn (PhD Student), "Home Production, House Values, and the Great Recession," Journal of Family and Economic Issues, March 2016.

Mary Hansen, "Sources of Credit and the Extent of the Credit Market: A View from Bankruptcy Records, Mississippi 1929-1936," in Enterprising America, William Collins and Robert Margo, eds. NBER/University of Chicago Press, 2015.

Mary Hansen (with Bradley A. Hansen), "The Historian's Craft and Economics," Journal of Institutional Economics, forthcoming 2015.

Mahmud Yesuf (with Randall Bluffstone, Takuro Uehara, Bilisuma Bushie, and Demessie Damite), "Livestock and Private Tree Holdings in Rural Ethiopia: The Effects of Collective Action Institutions, Tenure Security and Market Access," Journal of Development Studies, December 2015.

Mahmud Yesuf and Robert M. Feinberg, "Ambiguity Aversion among Student Subjects: The Role of Probability Interval and Emotional Parameters," Applied Economics Letters, August 2015.

Ralph Sonenshine and Evan Kraft, "Determinants of Financial Service Mergers: An Analysis of Economic and Institutional Factors," Review of Economics and Finance, forthcoming August 2015.

Kara M. Reynolds (with Chad P. Bown), "Trade Flows and Trade Disputes," Review of International Organizations, June 2015.

Robert Lerman (with Volker Rein), "Building a Robust U.S. Work-Based Education and Apprenticeship System at Scale: Can Lessons from Europe Help?" American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, May 2015.

Larry Sawers (with Eileen Stillwaggon), "Rush to Judgment: the STI-Treatment Trials and HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa," Journal of the International Aids Society, May 2015.

Robert Lerman (with Arnold Packer), "Youth Apprenticeships: A Hopeful Approach for Improving Outcomes for Baltimore Youth," The Abell Foundation, April 2015.

Xuguang (Simon) Sheng (with Frieder Mokinski and Jingyun Yang), "Measuring Disagreement in Qualitative Expectations," Journal of Forecasting, March 2015.

Xuguang (Simon) Sheng, "Evaluating the Economic Forecasts of FOMC Members," International Journal of Forecasting, January-March 2015.

Robert Feinberg (with Thomas Husted and Florian Szucs), "Does State Antitrust Enforcement Drive Establishment Exit?" Journal of Competition Law & Economics, March 2015.

Robert Feinberg (with PhD Student Daniel Kuehn, Signe-Mary McKernan, Doug Wissoker, and Sisi Zhang), "Explaining Variation in Title Charges: A Study of Five Metropolitan Residential Real Estate Markets," Review of Industrial Organization, March 2015.

Robert Blecker (with Carlos A. Ibarra), "Structural Change, the Real Exchange Rate and the Balance of Payments in Mexico, 1960-2012," Cambridge Journal of Economics, Forthcoming 2015.

Amin Mohseni-Cheraghlou, "Socioeconomic Justice and Poverty in Nahj Al-Balagha," International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management, 2015.

Amin Mohseni-Cheraghlou, "Islamic Finance, Financial Inclusion and Poverty Reduction in MENA" in The Routledge Handbook of Religions and Global Development, 2015.

Boris Gershman, "The Economic Origins of the Evil Eye Belief" Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, February 2015.

Robert Feinberg, "'Exports-at-Risk:' The Effect of Multi-Market Contact in International Trade," Southern Economic Journal, January 2015.

Robert Feinberg, "Pricing of First-Run Movies in Small U.S. Metropolitan Areas: Multimarket Contact and Chain Effects," B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy (Topics), January 2015

Gabriel Mathy, "Review of Fortune Tellers: The Story of America's First Economic Forecasters by Walter A. Friedman, 2013" Journal of Economic History, December 2014.

Boris Gershman, "The Two Sides of Envy" Journal of Economic Growth, December 2014.

Mary E. Hansen (with AU Alum Ashley Provencher and Josh Gupta-Kagan), "The Standard of Proof at Adjudication of Abuse or Neglect: Its Influence on Case Outcomes at Key Junctures," Social Work and Social Sciences Review, October 2014.

Jon D. Wisman (with AU Alum Aaron Pacitti), "Ending the Crisis with Guaranteed Employment and Retraining," Journal of Economic Issues, September 2014.

Jon D. Wisman, "The Financial Crisis of 1929 Reexamined: The Role of Soaring Inequality," Review of Political Economy, Summer 2014.

Thomas Husted (with Lawrence Kenny), "The Political Economy of Education Finance: The Case of Texas," Journal of Education Finance, Summer 2014.

Robert Lerman, "Expanding Apprenticeship Opportunities in the United States," The Hamilton Project, June 2014.

Mary E. Hansen (with Bradley Hansen), “The Evolution of Garnishment and Wage Assignment Law in Illinois, 1880-1930.” Essays in Economic & Business History, May 2014.

Martha A. Starr, "Gender, added-worker effects, and the 2007–2009 recession: Looking within the household," Review of Economics of the Household, Forthcoming 2014.

Martha A. Starr, "Qualitative and mixed-methods research in economics: Surprising growth, promising future," Journal of Economic Surveys, Forthcoming 2014.


AU Economists in the News

Quartz (9/3/15), "The Hidden Economic Lessons of the Evil Eye"

The New York Times (7/13/15), "Starbucks and Other Corporations to Announce Plan to Curb Unemployment of Young People"

The National Journal (6/20/15),"Teach Vets to Rehab Homes"

Correio Braziliense (6/14/15), "E assim nasceu o mau-olhado" (in Portuguese)

The Peninsula (3/19/15), "Only Half of World's Adults Have Bank Accounts, Region Better"

The Los Angeles Times (1/15/15), "Obama Pushes Paid Sick/Family Leave for Workers"

The Boston Globe (1/4/15), "The Case for the Evil Eye"

CNN (11/4/14), "Is Child Poverty Inevitable?"

The National Journal (10/17/14), "What Would an Ebola Travel Ban Actually Look Like?"

The Baltimore Sun (10/3/14), "Trade Deals Worsen Immigration Pressures"

The Huffington Post (9/24/14), "Exploding Inequality is Threatening Our Democracy"

The Wall Street Journal (9/12/14), "Skills Gap Bumps Up Against Vocational Taboo"

Fortune (9/4/14), "Fast-Food Worker Strikes: After Two Years, is There Anything to Show?"

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A map illustrating the areas in Sub-Saharan Africa where belief in witchcraft is linked to high levels of mistrust among the people living there.

Do Witchcraft Beliefs Halt Economic Progress?

A new study by American University Economics Prof. Boris Gershman reveals high levels of mistrust and erosion of social capital among people in regions worldwide where witchcraft beliefs are present.

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