Read below some Q&A with the Economics Department faculty. View a full list of our department's faculty on our Economics Department Directory page.
Austin Bean has been at Temple since 2019. He earned a BA in Philosophy from the University of Chicago and then executed perhaps not a complete 180 but certainly a turn of many, many degrees and earned a PhD in economics from the University of Texas – Austin. His current research is in industrial organization and health economics and covers hospital productivity, hospital investment, opioid markets, and related areas. He has side interests in machine learning and natural language processing as tools to permit gathering new and interesting sources of data to answer economic questions.
Five Questions for Austin Bean
Professor Rhiannon Jerch joined Temple in 2020. Rhiannon is interested in how infrastructure and the provision of public goods affects the growth and development of cities. Her recent work asks questions like: Do people value clean rivers, even if cleaning them is expensive? How do hurricanes affect municipal public goods provision? Do urban driving restrictions reverberate through the housing market? Her research has received coverage from Forbes, Marketplace, the "Inequalitalks" podcast, and the NBER Digest. She earned a BA in Economics and an MS in Applied Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and a PhD in Applied Economics from Cornell University.