Faculty Profiles

Jeremy Cook, Ph.D.

Jeremy Cook, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Economics

On Faculty since 2012
MSC 321


My research is in the areas of labor economics and the economics of education. In the context of labor market behavior, I am interested in using statistical tools with panel data to model individual decision-making over time. Currently, my research focuses on the efficacy and influence of school resources on labor market outcomes of public school teachers. My work also involves estimating peer effects in education and the effect of family investments on cognitive outcomes of children.

In the classroom at Wheaton, I aspire to educate students about the power and limitations of markets, the value of an economic way of thinking, and the importance of careful quantitative analysis. I appreciate the opportunity to show students the value of the economics discipline in addressing a variety of social problems. Prior to my graduate studies in economics, I worked at a firm specializing in natural resource damage assessment. My work during that time involved estimating the recreational and environmental impact of hazardous substance release as well as developing probabilistic models to quantify and evaluate environmental risk.

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Ph.D., Economics

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
M.E., Economics

Hope College, Holland, MI
B.A., Economics

  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Economics of Labor and Poverty
  • Advanced Econometrics
  • Urban Economics
  • Labor Economics
  • Economics of Education
  • Applied Microeconomics

Cook, Jeremy and Taylor, Timothy.  The Impact of Mandatory Arrest Laws on Domestic Violence in Times of Economic Stress.  Economics Letters, 2019.

Cook, Jeremy.  Student Demographics, School Working Conditions, and Teacher Mobility.  Applied Economics Letters, 2018.

Cook, Jeremy and Rabon, John Stuart. Maternal Investments and Child Cognitive Achievement. Economics Bulletin, 2018.

Current Working Papers

After the Burning: The Economic Effects of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.  NBER working paper 28985. (with Alex Albright, James Feigenbaum, Laura-Thorne Kincaide, Jason Long, and Nathan Nunn).  

Police Response to Government COVID-19 Orders: Declines in Reports of Domestic Violence During Lockdowns.  (with Timothy Taylor).  Revise and resubmit.