Lisa Jepsen

Professor of Economics




Education

Ph.D. (Economics) Vanderbilt University; M.A. (Economics) University of Missouri-Kansas City; B.A. (Economics) Grinnell College.


Teaching Interests

Principles of Microeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Law and Economics, Managerial Economics.


Research Interests

Lisa researches in the areas of economic demography, labor economics, and law and economics. One focus of her research is on same-sex couples and the relationship between wages and sexual orientation. She has a recent article forthcoming in the Review of Economics of the Household with Christopher Jepsen entitled "Self-Employment, Earnings, and Sexual Orientation." She is currently studying the relationship between race and earnings in the NFL.


Professional Accomplishments

Lisa joined the Department of Economics in 2000 after teaching at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Rockhurst College, and Vanderbilt University. She also worked as a forensic economic consultant. She received the University Book and Supply Outstanding Teaching Award in 2004, the Class of 1943 Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008, and the CBA Faculty Teaching Award in 2010. She is the winner of the Mid-West One UNIque Advising Award (2012-13) and the NACADA Outstanding Advising Award Winner in the Faculty Advising category. She has supervised several undergraduate research projects.


Latest News & Views


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Good-bye, mom and pop restaurants and shops

Most of my readers are familiar with small towns in Iowa that have longstanding family-owned businesses, such as family eateries. Grandparents, parents, and children may own and work in these restaurants. They often have loyal employees that are “part of the family.” These owners may be unable to afford to pay their workers much more than $10 per hour, to say nothing of the proposed $15 per hour minimum wage.

1 week 20 hours ago
Money in Wallet
What does it mean to live the good life?

By anyone’s estimation, the recently deceased Vernon Jordan was a “mover and shaker.” A commentary on his life referred to him as, “a civil-rights leader, Washington insider, Wise Man, power broker, deal maker, rainmaker, Wall Street banker and, as an interviewer put it a few years ago in the Financial Times, ‘the most connected man in America (Peggy Noonan, “America Loses a Wise Man,” Wall Street Journal, March 6-7, 2021, A13).’” Whew!

3 weeks 16 hours ago
Sharnae Lamar
Sharnae Lamar brings her talents overseas

Understanding personal finance is a luxury where Sharnae Lamar (Finance and Economics, ’16) grew up. On the east side of Des Moines, Lamar says there aren’t many people who know how to manage money, invest, grow income — so when she had the opportunity to go to college, business was of interest.

1 month 6 days ago
Curris Business Building circa 1986
Is history on repeat? Former UNI student body presidents weigh in on the changes

Four former student body presidents and graduates from the College of Business Administration shared the highlights and struggles of their terms across four decades, illuminating along the way the universal struggles of the college experience and the unique challenges brought on by current events.

6 months 1 day ago
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News bias? You choose the news you wish to consume

During election season, people love to accuse the media of bias. Liberals and conservatives assail local and national newspapers, as well as various television newscasts, of tilting in one political direction or another. Since it is unlikely that a news source can be biased in both directions, many people’s perceptions must be erroneous.

6 months 3 weeks ago
UNI business students at career fair
The complete guide to choosing a college major

College is an exciting time in your life, but don’t spend all four years merely enjoying it – you should take advantage of this time to determine exactly what you want to do with your life. This article will help you decide how to choose your college major that fits your long-term goals.

6 months 4 weeks ago