Job Market Candidates 2014-2015

Director of Graduate Studies and Placement Director: Tim Fuerst, 574-631-4853.


Our Job Market Candidates will attend the ASSA meetings in Boston and are available for positions beginning Summer/Fall 2015



Robert Lester graduated from The University of Montana in the spring of 2010, with a BA in economics. His research interests include macroeconomics and labor economics and is in the process of completing his dissertation. In the fall of 2013 he taught Statistics for Economics. Personal website









Eva VanLeemput Eva Van Leemput is a fifth year doctoral student in the Economics Department at the University of Notre Dame. She received her B.A. in Economics (2010) at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium and spent a semester abroad at Uppsala University in Sweden (2009). She specializes in macroeconomic development and international trade. Her job market paper quantifies the size and welfare impact of internal and external barriers to trade in India. Personal website







Kathryn Wagner received her B.A. from Albion College with a double major in Mathematics and Economics and Management in 2006 and her M.A. in Economics from the University of Notre Dame in 2013.  Her research interests are in applied microeconomics with fields of specialization in Labor, Public, and Health Economics.  Her most recent paper focuses on the take-up and crowd-out rates of a Medicaid eligibility expansion for individuals with disabilities and potential fiscal consequences from such an expansion.  Kathryn’s other research projects include public finance and education and hospital pricing behavior.  In addition to working on her dissertation, she is also teaching ECON 30330: Statistics for Economics in the Spring semester of 2014 Personal website





Tihtina Zenebe Gebre  is a fifth year PhD student in Economics at the University of Notre Dame. Tihtina holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics-Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts from Brown University.  In her PhD program, she specializes in Development Economics with a focus on the fields of Labor and Education Economics. Currently she is working on a chapter of her dissertation; ‘The effects of mother-tongue education on schooling and adult outcomes: Evidence from Ethiopia’. Personal website



Ning Jia  came to Notre Dame after completing her bachelor’s degree in economics from Sichuan University in China. Her research focuses on the economics of education and labor. In particular, she is examining the effects of merit scholarship programs on students’ educational attainment and how K-12 math education impacts STEM degree completion. Her project on immigrant-native comparisons in college STEM attainment is funded by the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Ning firmly believes in the value of education to both individuals and the society at large. She hopes her dissertation and future research could inform policy makers of effective ways to promote individuals’ educational attainment. Personal website