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James Murray

Specialty area(s)

My research specialties include macroeconomics, monetary policy, fiscal policy, macroeconometrics, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

My teaching specialties include macroeconomics, money and banking, econometrics, and business research methods. 

Brief biography

I joined the UW-La Crosse Department of Economics in Fall 2009. I regularly teach multiple sections of introductory level macroeconomics,  multiple sections of business research methods, and upper-level undergraduate courses related to macroeconomics and econometrics. I also have experience teaching quantitative research methods in UW-L's MBA program.

My primary area of research interest is in macroeconomics, specifically expectations formation in the macroeconomy and what economic consequences can come from expectations and uncertainty. I also occasionally contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning, which involves self-reflection, research, continual improvement, peer-review, and dissemination of curriculum and teaching strategies that promote student learning. Finally, I frequently my collaborate with colleagues in other fields, which has led to coauthored publications in sports economics, librarianship, and health economics of developing countries.

I am originally from La Crosse, WI, and I attended UW-La Crosse as an undergraduate student, graduating in May 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics with minors in mathematics, statistics, and computer science. I am very happy to be working and living back in my hometown and at the university that always felt like home.

I completed a Master of Arts degree in economics at the University of Notre Dame in May 2002 and another at Indiana University in May 2004. I completed a Ph.D. in economics at Indiana University in May 2008. My doctoral dissertation examined evidence for adaptive expectations in macroeconomic models applied to the U.S. economy and estimated the implications for the macroeconomy.

My active hobbies include running, biking, swimming, and hiking. I like to spend too much money at running stores and bike shops. I compete in many running races and triathlons in the La Crosse area and beyond.  My less active hobbies include computer programming, building computers, and messing around with Linux.

I have been married to my lovely wife since August 2008 and we have two elementary-school-age boys, Sam and Ben, who keep us busy.

Current courses at UWL

ECO 230: Business and Economics Communication and Research
ECO 301: Money and Banking


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 Communication1
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

Professional history

Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, July 2013 - Present
Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, August 2009 - June 2013
Assistant Professor, Viterbo University, August 2008 - June 2009

Research and publishing

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

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

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