Economics Faculty and Staff

Jeff Bookwalter

Jeff Bookwalter

Associate Professor

Office: Liberal Arts 405

Personal Website
Curriculum Vitae

Current Position

Associate Professor, Chair 

Personal Summary

I’m an applied microeconomist that generally looks at development issues in poor countries.  I’ve had the opportunity to live, work, and do research in South Africa, Ethiopia and the Republic of Georgia in recent years.  When not digging into household survey data or getting ready for class, you’ll most likely find me running or riding a mountain bike.


Ph.D., University of Utah, 2000

Field of Study

Development Economics, Applied Microeconomics

Selected Publications

“Living the Good Life: An Economic View of Subjective Well-Being in South Africa,” in Happiness Across Cultures: Views of Happiness and Quality of Life in Non-Western Cultures, Springer Publishers, Netherlands, 2012.

“Relative to Whom or What? The Importance of Relative Standing to Subjective Well-Being,” with Douglas R. Dalenberg, World Development, 38(9), March 2010.

“Rural Households, Structural Adjustment, and Gender Analysis,” with James M. Warner, in East Africa in Transition: Images, Institutions and Identities, Michigan State University Press and University of Nairobi Press, January 2008.

“Do Household Heads Speak for the Household?  A Research Note,” with Brandon S. Fuller and Douglas R. Dalenberg, Social Indicators Research, 79, 2006, 405-419.

“Subjective Well-Being and Household Factors in South Africa,” with Douglas R. Dalenberg, Social Indicators Research, 65, February 2004, 333-353.

Home Department

Department of Economics 

Area of Expertise

Applied Microeconomics; Development Issues in Poor Countries; Development Microeconomics

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