Mark Kurt

Associate Professor of Economics
Koury Business Center 134
2075 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
mkurt@elon.edu (336) 278-5915

Brief Biography

 

MAJOR FIELDS OF CONCENTRATION

Labor Economics, Health Economics, Macroeconomics  

Education

Degree                  Field                        Institution                                            Year
Ph.D.                    Economics              The University of Iowa                          2008

M.A.                     Economics               The University of Iowa                          2005

B.S.                      Economics              Clemson University                              2000

Employment History

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Elon University, 2014 to Current

Director, Business Dual Degree Program, Elon University, 2014 to Current

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Elon University, 2008 to 201

NON-ACADEMIC POSITIONS

Consultant, ACT, Iowa City, Iowa, October 2006

International Logistics Analyst, Lockheed Martin, Greenville, South Carolina, 2000-2004

Courses Taught

Intermediate Macroeconomics, Spring 2015 

Elon 101, Fall 2014

Argentina: Strategic Global Partnerships, January 2013

Becker CPA Fastpass Preparatory Course, June 2012--Current

EuroMed: East Meets West, January 2012, 2014, 2015

EuroMed: East Meets West Preparatory, Fall 2011, 2013

Business and Culture of New Zealand, January 2010-2011

Business and Culture of New Zealand Preparatory, Fall 2010-2011

Economic Growth and Development, Spring 2009-Current

Labor Economics, Spring 2008-Current

Principles of Economics, Fall 2008-Current

International Business and Economics (MBA), Summer 2009, 2013

Leadership Positions

Director, Business Dual Degree Program, Elon University, 2014 to Current

Faculty Advisor, Elon’s Microfinance Initiative, 2012-current            

Faculty Advisor, Elon Running Club, 2011-Current

 

Current Projects

“The Buffet Critique: Valuing Long-Dated Options” with Neeraj Gupta and Reilly White. Under Review, Journal of Economics and Finance.

“U.S. Labor Market: Isolating Structural Shifts from Business Cycle Fluctuations” with Vitaliy Strohush.

 “On the Job Search and the Business Cycle” with Steve DeLoach

“To Reboot or Not to Reboot: An Investigation into the Benefits of Rebooting Movie Franchises.” With Alexander Spitz

Publications

PUBLICATIONS (Peer-Reviewed)

“Sexually Transmitted Infections with Semi-Anonymous Matching” (with Bryan Engelhardt and Philip Polgreen), Health Economics, vol. 22, issue 11, pp. 1295-1317, Nov. 2013.

“Assessing Global Awareness over Short-Term Study Abroad Sequence: A Factor Analysis” (with Neal Olitsky and Paul Gies), Frontiers: the Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, vol. 23, pp 22-41, Fall 2013.

“Discouraging Workers: Estimating the Impact of Macroeconomic Shocks on Search Intensity of the Unemployed” (with Steve DeLoach). Journal of Labor Research, vol. 34, no. 4, pp 433-454, Dec. 2013

“Business Focused: Measuring Differences in Global Awareness in Business versus Liberal Arts Short-Term Study Abroad Programs,” with Steve DeLoach and Neal Olitsky. Forthcoming, Journal of Teaching in International Business.

 

PUBLICATIONS (Other)

“Inventing a new way to deal with college debt,” with Timothy Ferguson. The News and Observer, June 10, 2014.

“A Survey Paper: Topics in Economic Growth and Development,” Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics, Online Module on Undergraduate Research in Economics.  http://serc.carleton.edu/econ/studentresearch/econexamples.html, March 2012.

 

MEDIA CITATIONS

BizEd, Article, “The Discouraged Worker Effect,” March 1, 2014.    

WRAL, Interview, “NC says jobless rate down notch to 9.4 percent,” March 28, 2013.

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Interview, “NC unemployment steady for third straight month,” July 26, 2012.

WFMY News 2, Interview, “Unemployment Rate Dropped, But That’s Not the Only Factor,” December 2, 2011.

Carolina News, Interview, “Economists find connection between stock market and job searches,” September 5, 2011.

WFMY News 2, Interview, “Housing Prices, Stock Market Affects Job Search,” September 2, 2011.

High Point Enterprise, Interview by Paul Johnson, “Rise in Corporate Earnings Fails to Add Jobs,” August 14, 2010.

News and Record Interview by Mark Binker, “N.C. Sales Tax Going Up on Tuesday,” August 31, 2009.

News 14 Carolina, Interview by Tim Boyum impacts of stock market on labor market, October 6, 2008.

Presentations

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

“On the Job Search and the Business Cycle,” Eastern Economic Association Annual Meetings, Boston, MA March 2014.

“Discouraging Workers: Estimating the Impact of Macroeconomic Shocks on Search Intensity of the Unemployed,” American Economics Association Annual Meetings, Omicron Delta Epsilon Session, San Diego, CA, January 2013.

“Assessing Global Awareness over Short-Term Study Abroad Sequence: A Factor Analysis,” NAFSA Southern Regional Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, October, 2012.

“Discouraging Workers: Estimating the Impact of Macroeconomic Shocks on Search Intensity of     the Unemployed,” Southern Economic Association Annual Meetings, Washington D.C., November 2011.

“Directed Search as a Mechanism to Prevent HIV Transmission,” American Society of Health Economists Bi-Annual Conference.  Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, June 2010.

“Directed Search and the Inter-industry Wage Differential” Midwest Economics Association Annual Meetings, Chicago, IL, March 2010.

“New Observations Regarding Heterogeneity and the Inter-industry Wage Differential” Midwest Economics Association Annual Meetings, Cleveland, OH, March 2009

“Directed Search, Educational Choice, and the Inter-industry Wage Differential” Midwest Economics Association Annual Meetings, Chicago, IL, March 2008

“Directed Search and the Inter-industry Wage Differential” Iowa Alumni Workshop, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, May 2007.

“Directed Search and the Inter-industry Wage Differential” Midwest Economics Association Annual Meetings, Minneapolis, MN, March 2007.

“New Observations Regarding Heterogeneity and the Inter-industry Wage Differential” Midwest Economics Association Annual Meetings, Chicago, IL, March 2006.

 

Invited Presentation

“Polarizing Economics: Exploring the Effects of Increasing Inequality on Politics.”  15th Annual Department of Accounting Continuing Professional Education Seminar, Elon, NC. (November, 2014)

“Discouraging Workers: Estimating the Impact of Macroeconomic Shocks on Search Intensity of     the Unemployed” UNC-Greensboro (September, 2011)      

“Discouraging Workers: Estimating the Impact of Macroeconomic Shocks on Search Intensity of     the Unemployed” UMASS-Dartmouth (May, 2011)

“Current Labor Economic Situation,” Elon University Poll’s Workshop for Journalists and Reporters, Elon, NC, September 8, 2010.

“Directed Search, Educational Choice, and the Inter-industry Wage Differential” Clarence W. Tow Lecture, the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, October 2007.