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Aaron Lowen

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Professor of Economics and Finance Department Chair

3027 L. William Seidman Center


Field of Study


Dr. Aaron Lowen, Professor of Economics, earned his B.A. in Economics at the University of Northern Iowa, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Iowa. His recent research projects include the use of time use surveys in forensic economics, the influence of elite athletic performance on labor market outcomes, and the effects of Title IX legislation on women's health outcomes. Aaron has previously served as Academic Director for the Full-Time Integrated MBA program. He was awarded a Pew Teaching Excellence Award in 2007, was a finalist for the GVSU Outstanding Teacher Award in 2012, and received the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from the GVSU Graduate Student Association in 2014.


  • PH.D., Economics, University of Iowa. "Essays On Econometric Issues Applied To Learning and the Design Of Hierarchical Incentive Contracts." (2003)
  • M.A., Economics, University of Iowa. (1999)
  • B.A., Economics, University of Northern Iowa. (1997)

Teaching Areas

  • Game Theory
  • Experimental Economics
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Managerial Economics


  • Deaner, R., Lowen, A. (forthcoming). Males and Females Pace Differently in High School Cross Country Races. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
  • Lowen, A., Deaner, R., Schmitt, E. (2016). Guys and gals going for gold: The role of women’s empowerment in Olympic success. Journal of Sports Economics, 17(3), 260-285.
  • Lowen, A., Sicilian P. (2015). An Alternative Valuation Method for Household Production using American Time Use Survey Data. Journal of Legal Economics, 22(1), 1-23.
  • Lowen, A., Dechenaux, E., Samuel, A. (2014). Bribery in subsidized credit markets: evidence from households in Bangladesh. Indian Growth and Development Review, 7(1), 61-72.
  • Lowen, A., Schmitt, P. (2013). Cooperation limitations under a one-time threat of expulsion and punishment. Journal of Socio-Economics, 44, 68-74.
  • Deaner, R., Lowen, A., Cobley, S. (2013). Born at the Wrong Time: Selection Bias in the NHL Draft. PLoS ONE, 8(2).
  • Lowen, A., Samuel, A. (2012). Bribery and Endogenous Monitoring Effort: An Experimental Study. The Eastern Economic Journal, 38(3), 356-380.
  • Lowen, A., Samuel, A. (2010). Bribery and Inspection Technology. Economics of Governance, 11(4), 333-350.
  • Lowen, A., Haley, R., Burnett, N. (2010). To Consolidate or Not to Consolidate, That Is the Question: Optimal School Size and Teacher Incentive Contracts. Academy of Educational Leadership Journal, 14(3), 1-14.
  • Pope, J. A., Lowen, A. (2010). Marketing Implications of Privacy Concerns in the US and Canada. Direct Marketing: An International Journal, 3(4), 301-326.
  • Lowen, A., Sicilian, P. (2009). Family-Friendly Fringe Benefits and the Gender Wage Gap. Journal of Labor Research, 30(2), 101-119.
  • Lowen, A., Cole, M., Haley, M. R. (2008). A note on bilateral trade agreements in the presence of irreversible investment and deferred negotiations. Economics Bulletin, 6(34), 1-10.
  • Giedeman, D., Lowen, A. (2008). Incorporating Economic History into Economics Courses. Journal of Economics and Economic Education Research, 9(3), 47-66.
  • Lowen, A., Pope, J. A. (2008). A Survival Analysis of IJV Dissolution. Journal of Business and Economic Studies, 14(1), 62-80.
  • Isely, P., Lowen, A. (2007). Price and Substitution in Residential Solid Waste. Contemporary Economic Policy, 25(3), 433-443.


  • Economics Department, Chair. (January 2015-present).
  • Seidman College of Business, Strategic Planning Task Force. (August 2015-present).
  • Seidman College of Business, MBA Revision Task Force, Co-chair. (August 2015-present).
  • Full-Time Integrated MBA Program, Academic Director. (August 2013-December 2014).
  • Economics Department, Interim Chair. (August 2013-June 2014).
  • Graduate Council, member. (August 2009-December 2014). Served as Chair of the Policy Committee.
  • MBA Committee, member. (August 2004-September 2013). Committee Chair (September 2010 -September 2013).
  • Educational Testing Service (Advanced Placement Exams), grader. (7 times). Table leader position (2014 and 2016).

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