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Mary Ellen Benedict, Ph.D.

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Mary Ellen Benedict, Ph.D.

Position: Department Chair
Distinguished Teaching Professor
Phone: (419) 372-8221
Email: mbenedi@bgsu.edu
Address: 3002A Business Administration

Bio

Dr. Mary Ellen Benedict’s research focus is on labor economics and teaching economics. She has recently completed a series of papers with CBA Senior Associate Dean Dr. John Hoag and Dr. David McClough, Ohio Northern University, investigating aspects of self-employment. One paper examines the path of the highly educated to self-employment; the second examines the attitudes of the highly educated that leads to self-employment. With Dr. McClough, Dr. Benedict is currently analyzing the salary gap between the public and private sectors, including analyzing how public sector work decreases salary inequality between races. Dr. Benedict also wrote a book chapter with Dr. Hoag on how math preparation leads to success in economic classes and a book chapter on how pensions affect income inequality.

The one book she recommends that all business students read is Robert Frank’s Falling Behind because it helps us to understand how the fight over one’s relative standing in society leads to incentives that harm all. The economics professor identifies Washington, D.C., as the most interesting place to visit because of the history, politics, and economics. According to Dr. Benedict, what else is there?

Being designated a BGSU Distinguished Teaching Professor is the professional achievement she is most proud of. She brings to the classroom her experience of being part of a union and understanding labor relations. Dr. Benedict also thinks that working with the poor and doing projects in Estonia are important business experiences she shares in her classes.

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University, 1991

M.S., Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University, 1985

B.A., Waynesburg College, 1974

 

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

Professor of Economics, Bowling Green State University, May, 2002-present

Associate Professor of Economics, Bowling Green State University, April, 1997-May, 2002

Assistant Professor of Economics, Bowling Green State University, August, 1991-February, 1997.

Summer Adjunct Professor, the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, 1994-2007.

Adjunct Professor, the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, 1990-1991.

Instructor of Management Communication, the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, 1985-1987.

 

SELECTED AWARDS

Distinguished Teaching Professor, 2010

College of Business Administration Faculty Service Award, 2005.

BGSU’s 2004 Elliott L. Blinn Award for Faculty-Undergraduate Student Innovative Basic Research/Creative Work

College of Business Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2003

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

“Regional Self-Employment: The Effect of State Push and Pull Factors.” Submitted to the Journal of Economics and Politics in July 2006.  Accepted September 2006 and to be published in April 2008 in sister journal, Policy and Politics. (coauthored)

 

“The Price of Social Responsibility:  An Empirical Investigation of Industry Sectors and Perceptions of Social Responsibility.” American Economist 2006 (1): 21-36   (coauthored).

 

“Baseball and Labor Market Discrimination: Evidence for the New Millennium.” 2003. Review of Business Research 1(1): 180-191 (co-authored).

 

“Gender Inequality and Growth Revisited: The Impact of Gender when Culture is Considered.” 2003. The Journal of Economics and Politics 15(1): 33-58 (co-authored).