Assistant Professor of Economics

Program Adviser, Certificate in Applied Econometrics and Data Science Foundations
ASB 368
219.464.6573
sedefka.beck@valpo.edu

Education

Ph.D. – University of Illinois at Chicago
M.A. – University of Illinois at Chicago

Courses Taught

  • Principles of Macroeconomics, ECON 222
  • Principles of Microeconomics, ECON 221
  • Econometrics (undergraduate level), ECON 325
  • Applied Econometrics (graduate level), ECON 525
  • Applied Data Science (graduate level), Econ 573
  • International Trade (graduate level), ECON 626
  • International Monetary Economics (graduate level), ECON 627

Research Interests

Primary: Economics of Religion, Labor Economics, Applied Econometrics

Secondary: Earnings, Income and Wealth Inequality, Saving and Investment, Economics of Education

Refereed Publications

  • Beck, Sedefka V. 2018. “Returns to Education in the United States: Differentials among Christian Affiliations by Gender” Faith and Economics, Issue 72.
  • Beck, Sedefka V. and Brodersen, Donka M. 2018. “The Great Recession and Wealth in the United States: Differentials by Religious Affiliation,” International Journal of Social Economics, Volume 45, Issue 9, pp. 1335-1354.
  • Beck, Sedefka V. 2016. “Within Religion Wage Differentials in the United States: Does Religious Participation Matter?” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Volume 55, Issue 3, pp. 558-578.
  • Beck, Sedefka V. and Gundersen, Sara. 2016. “A Gospel of Prosperity? An Analysis of the Impact of Religion on Income in Ghana, the Most Religious Country in the World,” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Volume 55, Issue 1, pp.105-129.

Working Papers

  • “Wage Differentials in the United States: Does Religion Matter?”
  • “The Great Recession and Health in the United States: Did Religion Make a Difference?”, co-authored with Donka Brodersen, The College of New Jersey
  • “Real Estate and Financial Investment Patterns Across Religious Groups in the United States: Effects of the Great Recession”, co-authored with Donka Brodersen, The College of New Jersey

Professional Affiliations

  • American Economic Association
  • Association for the Study of Religion, Economics and Culture
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
  • Midwest Economic Association
  • Indiana Academy of Social Sciences
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