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Roger W. Sparks

Professor of Economics


BA, University of California, Riverside
PhD, University of California, Davis

Professional Interests

Applied microeconomics, finance, climate change


Roger Sparks is a professor of economics at Mills College at Northeastern University. He earned his PhD in economics from the University of California, Davis and joined Mills College in 1989. Sparks is currently director of the Master of Applied Economics program at Mills College at Northeastern and chair of the Economics Department. He has more than 20 research papers published in economics journals, has refereed many paper submissions to professional journals, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Kemper Human Rights Education Foundation. His research applies game theory and the economics of information to various topics, including the theory of unemployment, efficiency wages, employee stock offerings, cyclical changes in labor productivity, the determination of mortgage rates, mortgage securitization, environmental policy, utility regulation, psychiatric decision making, the energy paradox, and the price impacts of low-carbon fuel standards.

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