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Jeremy Cook, Ph.D.

Urban Studies

Assistant Professor of Economics
On Faculty since 2012

Office: MSC 321
Phone: (630)752-5972
Fax: (630)752-7037
Email: jeremy.cook@wheaton.edu


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

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

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

About Jeremy Cook

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.  

Courses Taught

  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • The Economics of Labor and Poverty
  • Advanced Econometrics