• Assistant Professor of Economics
  • Niagara University
  • Bisgrove Hall, 2nd floor, Room 254H
  • rcragun@niagara.edu
  • 716-286-8196

CV

EMPLOYMENT

  • Niagara University
    • Assistant Professor of Economics
    • Department of Economics and Finance
    • 2016-present

EDUCATION

  • Clemson University, Clemson, SC
    • Ph.D. in Economics, 2016
    • Thesis title: Essays in directed technical change
    • M.A. in economics, 2014
  • University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
    • B.S. in Economics, 2011
  • Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
    • B.A. in Psychology, 2009

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Economic Growth
  • Technological Development
  • Human capital
  • Fertility
  • Education

CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS

  • Midwest Macroeconomics meeting, 2017
  • Business Research Consortium, 2017
  • Ninth Southeastern International Development Economics Workshop, 2015

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

  • Niagara University Research Support Grant 2016–2017
  • Earhart Graduate Research Fellowship, 2014–2015
  • Graduate Fellowship, Clemson University, 2011–2013

WORKING PAPERS

“Directed Technical Change: a Macro Perspective on Life Cycle Earnings Profiles”
With Robert Tamura and Michal Jerzmanowski of Clemson University

“Power of Contraception in Australia”
With Ishita Chatterjee of The University of Western Australia

WORK IN PROGRESS

“'All Men'? Measuring the Rate of Commission of Sexual Assault by Men ”
With James Cragun of Stony Brook University

“Directed Technical Change and the Demographics of Development”
With Robert Tamura and Michal Jerzmanowski of Clemson University

“Economics and Ethics: The Impact of Government Integrity on Macroeconomic Performance and Inequality”
With Kristine Principe of Niagara University

“Demand and supply estimation in the market for cocaine with cross-price and weather instruments”

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Niagara University
Econometrics (Master) Professor 4 sections (2016-2018)
Economic Growth Professor Fall 2017
Intermediate Macroeconomics Professor Spring 2018
Principles of Macroeconomics Professor 8 sections (2016-2018)
Clemson University
Intermediate Macroeconomics Instructor 4 sections (2014-2016)
Money and Banking Instructor Fall 2015, Spring 2016
Introductory Macroeconomics Teaching Asst. for Scott Baier Spring 2013, 2014
Introductory Microeconomics Teaching Asst. for F. Andrew Hanssen Fall 2012
Microeconomic Theory II (PhD) Teaching Asst. for Kevin Tsui Spring 2012
Microeconomic Theory I (PhD) Teaching Asst. for William Dougan Fall 2011
University of Oregon
Advanced Macroeconomics Teaching Asst. for Jo Anna Gray Winter 2010
Economics of Education Teaching Asst. for Joe Stone Fall 2010
Monetary Theory Teaching Asst. for Jo Anna Gray Spring 2010, 2011

COMPUTING LANGUAGES

Python, R, Stata, BASh, Powershell, Matlab, HTML/CSS