Faculty Profile

Ken Troske PhD

Richard W. and Janis H. Furst Endowed Chair of Economics, Professor

Dr. Kenneth R. Troske is the Richard W. and Janis H. Furst Endowed Chair of Economics at the University of Kentucky as well as a Research Fellow with the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany. Previously Dr. Troske was the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Outreach in the College. Dr. Troske served as a member of the Congressional Oversight Panel whose task was to assess the existing condition of America’s financial markets and the regulatory system as well as to closely monitor the actions of the Treasury Department and financial institutions to determine if their actions are in the best interest of the American economy. He is also a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Lexington Business Advisory Council. Prior to moving to Kentucky Dr. Troske was an Assistant and an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri. He received his Ph.D. in economics in 1992 from the University of Chicago and his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Washington in 1984. His primary research areas are labor and human resource economics. Dr. Troske has authored a number of widely-known papers utilizing employer-employee matched data on topics such as education, productivity, technology, and discrimination. His most recent work has focused on evaluating various aspects of the Workforce Development System in the U.S., the role of human capital in promoting the economic growth of a region and the impact of tax incentives on the creation of jobs in a region. His papers have appeared in many leading journals in economics including the Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Review of Economics and Statistics, and the American Economic Review.

Contact Information

Department: Economics
Phone: (859) 257-1282
Email: ktroske@email.uky.edu
Office: 223W
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PhD, University of Chicago, 1992
MA, University of Chicago, 1986
BA, University of Washington, 1984

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