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University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Specialty area(s)

Macroeconomics, monetary and fiscal policies, macroeconometrics, scholarship of teaching and learning.

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Brief biography

James Murray is a Professor of Economics at UWL and teaches courses in macroeconomics, money and banking, econometrics, and business research methods. Prof. Murray joined UWL in August 2009.

Prof. Murray’s primary area of research interest is in macroeconomics, specifically expectations formation in the macroeconomy and what economic consequences can come from expectations and uncertainty. He also contributes to the scholarship of teaching and learning, which involves the exploration of curriculum and teaching strategies that promote student learning. Professor Murray completed a Ph.D. in economics at Indiana University in May 2008, a Master of Arts degree in economics at the University of Notre Dame in May 2002, and another at Indiana University in May 2004.

Prof. Murray is originally from La Crosse, WI, and graduated from UWL in May 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics with minors in mathematics, statistics, and computer science. 

His active hobbies include running, biking, swimming, and hiking. He competes in running races and triathlons in the La Crosse area and beyond. His less active hobbies include computer programming, building computers, messing around with Linux, and playing board games.


Ph.D. Economics, Indiana University, 2008
M.A. Economics, Indiana University, 2004
M.A. Economics, University of Notre Dame, 2002
B.S. Economics, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, 2000


Teaching history

ECO 120: Global Macroeconomics
ECO 230: Business and Economics Research and Communication
ECO 301: Money and Banking
ECO 305: Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECO 307: Introduction to Econometrics, Time Series, and Forecasting
ECO 400: Monetary Economics
BUS 735: Business Decision Making and Research

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Professional history

Professor, Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse - July 2020 - present
Associate Dean, College of Business Administration, January 2019 - June 2020
Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, July 2013 - present
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, August 2009 - June 2013
Assistant Professor, Dahl School of Business, Viterbo University, August 2008 - June 2009

Research and publishing

"Predictors for Growth Mindset and Sense of Belonging in College Students" (with Sloan Komissarov, Sara Cook, and Brenda L. Murray), 2022, 4(1), 66-85.

" Pencasts to supplement the undergraduate economics curriculum" (with John Nunley), 2018, Journal of Economic Education, 49(2): 222.

"Factors that influence undergraduate information-seeking behavior and opportunities for student success" (with Sloan Komissarov), 2016, Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 42(4), 423-429.

"A life insurance deterrent to risky behavior in Africa" (with Pedro de Araujo), 2015, Journal of Policy Modeling, Volume 37(4), 548-576.

"Developing Students' Thought Processes For Choosing Appropriate Statistical Methods" (with Elizabeth Knowles), 2014, Journal of Education for Business, 89(8).

"Dynamics of Monetary Policy Uncertainty and the Impact on the Macroeconomy" (with Nicholas Herro), 2013, Economics Bulletin, 33(1).

"Regime Switching and Wages in Major League Baseball under the Reserve Clause" (with Michael Haupert), 2012, Cliometrica, 6(2).

"Pencasts for Introductory Macroeconomics," 2012, Journal of Economic Education. 43(3).

"Academic Benefits of Living On Campus" (with Pedro de Araujo), 2010, American Journal of Business Education, 3(12).

"Estimating the Effects of Dormitory Living on Student Performance, (with Pedro de Araujo), 2010, Economics Bulletin 30(1)

"Shirking in Major League Baseball in the Era of the Reserve Clause" (with Glenn Knowles, Michael Haupert, and Keith Sherony), 2001, Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Social Policy Perspectives, Volume 9.