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Professor of Economics and Finance Department Chair

3027 L. William Seidman Center


  • Economics
  • Finance


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. He currently serves as the Chair of the Finance Department in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University. His current research projects include estimating the effects of Title IX legislation on women's health outcomes, the impact of legalizing same-sex adoption on labor force outcomes, and the long-term impacts of community-based learning on students and faculty. 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 and the GVSU Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award in 2014. Aaron served as a GVSU Presidential Fellow in the area of enterprise learning and development from January 2020 to August 2021.

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

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

  • 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., Schmitt, P. (2013). Cooperation limitations under a one-time threat of expulsion and punishment. Journal of Socio-Economics, 44, 68-74.
  • 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., Sicilian, P. (2009). Family-FriendlyFringe 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.
  • Isely, P., Lowen, A. (2007). Price and Substitution in Residential Solid Waste. Contemporary Economic Policy, 25(3), 433-443.

  • Seidman School of Accounting, Interim Director. (May 2018-present).
  • Seidman Finance Department, Chair. (May 2017-present).
  • Seidman Economics Department, Chair. (January 2015-April 2017) and Interim Chair. (August 2013-June 2014).
  • Seidman MBA Revision Task Force, Co-chair. (August 2015-February 2018).
  • Seidman Undergraduate Curriculum Review and Revision Task Force, Member. (August 2017-present)
  • Seidman Strategic Planning Task Force. (August 2015-April 2019).
  • Seidman Full-Time Integrated MBA Program, Academic Director. (August 2013-December 2014).
  • GVSU Graduate Council, member. (August 2009-December 2014). Served as Chair of the Policy Committee.
  • Educational Testing Service (Advanced Placement Microeconomics Exam), reader.  Table leader position (2014 and 2016), Question Leader (2017), and Chief Reader Designate/Chief Reader (July 2017-present).


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