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Erik Craft

Associate Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (PPEL)
  • Profile

    Dr. Craft teaches Principles of Microeconomics and Law and Economics. Related to his Law and Economics course, he holds a joint appointment in the Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law Program and advises economics concentrators in the program. He, along with some of his colleagues, teaches a theme-oriented Principles of Microeconomics. While covering the basic ideas in a standard Principles of Microeconomics course, his sections have a focus on inequality. In recent years, Dr. Craft's research was focused on the flipped classroom, but he has returned recently to the economics of deterrence as applied to the practice of masking traffic violations.

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    • Memberships

      Economic History Association

      American Economics Association

    • Professional Experience

      Junior Staff Economist, Council of Economic Advisors (1990-91)

    • Institutional Service

      Organize Lecture, Berry Lecture in Economic History. (March 2010 - Present).

      Committee Member, PPEL Advisory Board. (August 2011 - Present).

      Committee Member, Fellowship Advisory Committee. (January 2011 - Present).

      University Faculty Secretary, Secretary. (September 2009 - Present).

      Committee Member, First-Year Seminars Committee. (August 17, 2011 - May 7, 2012).

      Committee Member, Planning and Priorities Committee. (August 17, 2011 - May 7, 2012).

  • Selected Publications
    Journal Articles

    "Learning Effects of the Flipped Classroom in a Principles of Microeconomics Course," with Maia Linask. Journal of Economic Education 2020, pp. 1-18.

    "Sex Ratios and Family Structure Outcomes," with Kati Simmons, Bofelo Kotsane, and Tricia Maas. Virginia Economic Journal 2014, pp. 17-36.

    "The Post-bellum Demand for Cotton Revisited," with Jim Monks. Explorations in Economic History April 2008, pp. 199-206.

    "An Analysis of the Effects of Vehicle Property Taxes on Vehicle Demand," with Robert Schmidt, National Tax Journal December 2005, pp. 1-24.

    Comment on "'These Boots Are Made for Walking': Why Most Divorce Filers are Women," by Margaret Brinig and Douglas Allen Volume 2 (1) of the American Law and Economics Review. American Law and Economics Review Fall 2002, pp. 371-175.

    "The Demand for Vanity (Plates): Elasticities, Revenue Maximization, and Deadweight Loss," Contemporary Economic Policy April 2002, pp. 133-144.

    "Economic History of Weather Forecasting," EH.Net Encyclopedia, edited by Robert Whaples, October 7, 2001 URL http://www.eh.net/encyclopedia/contents/craft.weather.forcasting.history.php.

    "Private Weather Organizations and the Founding of the United States Weather Bureau," Journal of Economic History, December 1999, pp. 1063-1071.

    "The Value of Weather Information Services for Nineteenth-Century Great Lakes Shipping," American Economic Review, December 1998, pp. 1059-1076.