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Jenny Bourne

Jenny Bourne

  • Raymond Plank Professor of Incentive Economics, Chair of Economics, Economics

Education & Professional History

Indiana University, AB; University of Chicago, MA, PhD.

At Carleton since 1997.

Highlights & Recent Activity

In Essentials, Unity:  An Economic History of the Granger Movement

The Bondsman's Burden:  An Economic Analysis of the Common Law of Southern Slavery

An Economic Approach to Law (3 vol)



More Than They Realize: The Income of the Wealthy and Wealth Concentration (in progress)

The Other America:  Inequality, Taxes, and the Very Rich (in progress)

A Stone of Hope:  The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Its Effects on Black Americans

When Johnny Came Marching Home Again, What Did He Find?  A Look at the Postbellum Economy

We Are Coming, Father Abraham, But How Will You Pay For Us? 

To Slip the Surly Bonds of State Rights and Form a More Perfect (Financial) Union:  One Legacy of the 37th Congress 

Over the Top:  How Estate Tax Returns Show That The Very Rich Are Different From You and Me 

New Wine in an Old Bottle:  How Minnesota's Receivership Statute Can Promote Both Efficiency and Equity

Double Take:  Abolition and The Size of Transferred Property Rights

Dred, Panic, War:  How a Slave Case Triggered Financial Crisis and Civil Disunion

Give Lincoln Credit:  How Paying for the Civil War Transformed the U.S. Financial System

How Broad Liberal Arts Training Produces Ph.D. Economists:  Carleton's Story (with Nathan Grawe)

Edith Wharton as Economist:  An Economic Interpretation of The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence

Blacks, Whites, and Brown:  Effects on the Earnings of Men and Their Sons (with Nathan Grawe)

Riches to Riches:  The Importance of Intergenerational Transfers on Wealth Distribution

Protecting the Wolf in Sheep's Clothing:  Perverse Consequences of McKennon

Fraudulent Conveyance Law and Leveraged Buyouts:  Remedy or Insurance Policy?

Workers' Compensation and Disability Discrimination after the Americans with Disabilities Act:  Sorting Out The Rights and Duties

Tax Expenditure Review Report:  Bringing Tax Expenditures into the Budget Process

A Bigger Bang for the Public Buck:  Achieving Efficiency and Equity in Higher Education

Oil Slickers:  How Taxpayers Subsidize Petroleum

Taxation of Foreign Exchange Gains and Losses and The Tax Reform Act of 1986





Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations

American Economic Association

Economic History Association

Midwest Economic Association (Vice President)

Panel Member, SOI Consultants, Internal Revenue Service

Panel Member, Tax Expenditure Review Study Group, State of Minnesota


Personal Interests

Courses Taught This Year

  • ECON 275: Law and Economics (Spring 2019)
  • ECON 270: Economics of the Public Sector (Fall 2019)
  • ECON 330: Intermediate Price Theory (Fall 2019)
  • ECON 330: Intermediate Price Theory (Winter 2020)
  • ECON 233: World Economic History (Winter 2020)
Profile updated July 25, 2017

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