Assistant Professor of Global Economics and Management
Brian Wheaton’s research encompasses political economy, cultural economics and macroeconomics. He analyzes empirical data in order to answer policy-relevant, real-world political and economic questions. Wheaton’s most recent work focuses on the effects of laws on beliefs held by the public. He modeled his study using a dynamic difference-in-differences identification strategy, and his findings indicate that virtually every major U.S. social policy law — both liberal and conservative — of the past half-century has induced significant backlash.
States that raise rates curtail out-migration but do not attract more outsiders
A favored Federal Reserve index fails to filter out petroleum’s impact
Bipartisan action rose amid reports of surprising Soviet Cold War economic growth
Study suggests flat tax systems boosted GDP in former Soviet republics and satellites
Laws that threaten ideological preferences prompt some opponents to adopt more extreme beliefs