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 625
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, Economics of Education
Secondary: Earnings, Income and Wealth Inequality, Saving and Investment, Applied Econometrics

 

Refereed Publications and Working Papers

“Within Religion Wage Differentials in the United States: Does Religious Participation Matter?” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, September 2016, volume 55, issue 3, pp. 558-578

“A Gospel of Prosperity? An Analysis of the Impact of Religion on Income in Ghana, the Most Religious Country in the World”, coauthored with Sara Gundersen, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, March 2016, volume 55, issue 1, pp.105-129

Returns to Education in the United States: Differentials by Religion and Gender (under review)

Wage Differentials in the United States: Does Religion Matter? (working)

“The Great Recession and Wealth in the United States: Differentials by Religious Affiliation”; coauthored with Donka Mirtcheva, The College of New Jersey; (working)

“The Great Recession and Health in the United States: Did Religion Make a Difference?” coauthored with Donka Mirtcheva, The College of New Jersey; (working)

 

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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