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Clifford Bekar

Associate Professor of Economics

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J.R. Howard Hall

Teaching

Econ 100: principles of economics
Econ 215: game theory
Econ 255: technology, institutions, and economic growth
Econ 256: economic history, industrial revolution to modern times
Econ 433: senior seminar
Econ 492: advanced microeconomics

Professional Experience

Professional Positions

Associate Professor of Economics, Lewis and Clark College (June 2004 to present)
Assistant Professor of Economics, Lewis and Clark College (Sept. 1998 to June 2004)
Research Associate, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (1995 to 1998)

Academic Awards

  • Mellon Senior Fellowship Prize (2012)
  • Schumpeter Prize for best work on Innovation and Economic Growth (for Economic
  • Transformations: General Purpose Technologies and Economic Growth, 2006).
  • Distinguished Dissertation award given by Canadian Association of Graduate Studies for the best dissertation in Canada in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Fine Arts (2000).
  • Faculty-Student research grants, Lewis & Clark College (2012, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2005).

Research

Publications

  • “Prime Movers of Globalization: The History and Impact of Diesel Engines and Gas Turbines” by Vaclav Smill, Book Review for Economic History Review, Vol. 65 No. 2 (May, 2012).
  • “Teaching Economic Principles Through the Novel: Richard Powers Gain,” (with James Grant), Perspectives in Economic Education Vol. 6, No. 1 (2010).
  • “Information Technology and the New University,” (with Richard Lipsey) Academic Matters: Journal of Higher Education (Winter, 2006).
  • “Science, Institutions, and the Industrial Revolution,” (with Richard Lipsey) Journal of European Economic History. Vol. 33, No. 3 (2004): 709-753.
  • “Open Fields, Risk, and Land Divisibility,” (with Clyde Reed) Explorations in Economic History. Vol. 40, No. 3 (2003): 308-325.
  • “Religious Prohibitions Against Usury,” (with Clyde Reed) Explorations in Economic History. Vol. 40, No. 4 (2003): 347-368.
  • “Clusters and Economic Policy,” (with Richard Lipsey) ISUMA: Journal of Canadian Public Policy (2002).
  • “Scattering as Insurance: A Robust Explanation of Open Fields?” Research in Economic History, Vol. 20 (2001): 173-221. 

Books, Book Chapters, Conference Collections:

  • “Signaling Risk Tolerance: Nuclear Arsenals and Alliance Formation in the Cold War,” (with Greg Dow, Clyde Reed, and Josh Stine), Industrial Organization, Trade, and Social
  • Interaction: Essays in Honour of B. Curtis Eaton: University of Toronto Press (2010).
  • Economic Transformations: General Purpose Technologies and Economic Growth, (with
  • Richard Lipsey and Kenneth Carlaw). Oxford: Oxford University Press (2005).
  • “Income Sharing Amongst Medieval Peasants,” International Institute of Economics and Trade, Conference Proceedings (2000).
  • “General Purpose Technologies: What Requires Explanation?”(with Richard Lipsey and Kenneth Carlaw) in General Purpose Technologies, edited by Helpman, E.. MIT Press:  Cambridge (1998).
  • “The Consequences of Changes in GPTs,” (with Richard Lipsey and Kenneth Carlaw) in General Purpose Technologies, edited by Helpman, E.. MIT Press: Cambridge (1998).
  • “A Structuralist View of Technical Change and Economic Growth.” (with Richard Lipsey) Reprinted in Microeconomics, Growth and Political Economy: The Selected Essays of  Richard Lipsey Vol. One. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, UK (1997).
  • “A Structuralist View of Technical Change and Economic Growth,” (with Richard Lipsey) Bell Canada Papers on Economic and Public Policy, Vol. 3; Technology, Information and Public  Policy. John Deutsch Institute for the Study of Economic Policy; Queens University (1995).

Working Papers, In Progress

  • “Risk, Asset Markets and Inequality: Evidence from Medieval England,” (with Clyde Reed) Oxford University, Discussion Papers in Economic and Social History, No. 79 (October 2009)
  • “Fair is Fair: The 50-50 Rule in Sharecropping Contracts,” with Tamma Carleton.

Academic Credentials

Ph.D. Econ (1999), M.A. Econ (1992), B.A. Econ (Hons, 1990) — Simon Fraser University

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