John Garen

Professor of Economics

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Address: Department of Economics                                        
Gatton College of Business and Economics                            
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0034
Office: 335AZ Business and Economics Building
Phone: (859) 257-3581
Fax: (859) 323-1920


Vita supplement

Learning About Economic Freedom

Non-Technical Writing

Some Recent Research Papers

Trust and the Growth of Government
see the related op-ed here (that appeared in the Orange County Register, the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Lexington Herald-Leader, and the Buffalo News).

On Fairness and Needs in a Free Enterprise Economy (and the powerpoint presentation here.)

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Using Local Knowledge in Setting Teacher Compensation: Competition, Discretion, and Incentives in the Public and Private Sectors

Incentives and Decision Rights for Teachers

Pareto Optimality, Morality, and Markets


ECO 601, Advanced Microeconomic Theory (graduate), Fall 2013
ECO 610, Managerial Economics (MBA), Fall 2013. Syllabus.  Detailed outline, pt. 1.
Summer Reading/Discussion Program, 2013

Undergraduate Activities

BB&T Learning Laboratory on Capitalism, Spring 2013.  Book/event/discussion group.
BB&T Learning Laboratory on Capitalism, Fall 2012.  Book/event/discussing group.

BB&T Learning Laboratory on Capitalism, Spring 2012.  Book/event/discussion group.
BB&T Learning Laboratory on Capitalism, Fall 2011.  Book/event/discussing group.

Learning Economics from Youtube

Other Courses Taught

ECO 410, Capitalism and Other Social Systems:  Syllabus

ECO 479, Public Economics:  Syllabus

ECO 732, Labor Economics (graduate, 2nd course):  Syllabus

ECO 401,  Intermediate Microeconomic Theory:  Syllabus

ECO 477, Labor Economics (undergraduate): Syllabus

ECO 499, Law and Economics (undergraduate):  Syllabus 

ECO 411, Business Economics (undergraduate):  Syllabus

ECO 710, Economics of Organizations (graduate):  Syllabus

Some Non-Technical Writing  

Financial Markets                                
Macroeconomic Topics (with micro thinking)
Financial Mkts. Meltdown                     Economics and Politics of the Stimulus
Fannie and Freddie                             
Stimulus Spending                                  
Financial Mkts. and Capitalism          
Economic Recovery      
 The Auto Bailout
                                                                The Summer 2008 Economy                    

The Environment & Energy
School Choice (lengthy report)                                                $ for the Environment
    (or see               Global Warming    
School Reform                                                                           Energy and Food Prices        
Higher Education                                                                       Energy Independence
Labor Economics                        Political Economy                        
Minimum Wage                           Boondoggle Spending                  
Health Care 
Labor Market Mandates             Wal-Mart                                        
Smart Growth    
Outsourcing                                  Nov. 2006 Election                        Affordable Housing                   
Globalization & Jobs                                                                            Price Regulation

Some Adventures

Colorado, 2007                             The Northwest, 2006                      Taiwan, 2006