Randy Cragun

Randy Cragun

Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics

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Harbert 320

Contact Information:

Birmingham-Southern College
Box 549007
900 Arkadelphia Rd
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office Phone: (205) 226-7748
Office Fax: (205) 226-4847
E-mail:[email protected]

Brief Career Background:

2019-present, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, Birmingham-Southern College
2016-2019, Assistant Professor of Economics, Niagara University

Educational Background:

2016 Ph.D. in Economics, Clemson University
2014 M.A. in Economics, Clemson University
2011 B.S. in Economics, University of Oregon
2009 B.A. in Psychology, Oregon State University

Research Interests:

Dr. Cragun researches how the contraceptive ecosystem (especially in Australia) affects fertility, education, career choices, and other life outcomes. He also studies determinants of long-run economic growth with an emphasis on the processes of technological innovation and imitation.

Courses Taught:

EC 202 Principles of Microeconomics (1)
A general introduction to economics with emphasis on microeconomic aspects: the economic principles underlying price, production, distribution of income, and related problems. An Interpretation or Analysis designated course. Fall, Spring.

EC 377 Education Economics (1)
A study of empirical research in the economics of education with topics such as class size, measuring teacher quality, school choice, and financial aid. Students read, analyze, criticize, and apply the results from academic journal articles. Prerequisites: EC 102 and MA 207 or SBS 204.

EC 404 Econometrics (1)
An application of statistical methods to the estimation of relationships among variables using statistical software. This course introduces extensions of the ordinary least squares regression method in theories and applications, including topics such as model specifications, functional forms, problems associated with the estimation process, and estimation techniques dealing with different types of datasets. Prerequisite: MA 207or SBS 204. Spring.

EC 460 Senior Research Seminar in Economics (1)
A seminar devoted to enhancing students’ ability to synthesize economic research and communicate that knowledge both orally and through writing. Should be taken in the fall term in preparation for EC 470 in the following spring term. Prerequisite: senior standing. Fall.

EC 470 Senior Project in Economics (1)
An independent research project that brings to bear the student’s accumulated knowledge and skills in economics. Students should initiate this project in the fall term of their senior year during the senior research seminar. Prerequisites: EC 460 and senior standing..