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Irene Powell

Irene Powell
Senior Faculty

Irene Powell is Professor of Economics at Grinnell College.  She teaches Econometrics, the Economics of Developing Countries, Health Economics, and the Economics of Gender.  Irene received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1985.  She has done research in the areas such as the economics of child care, gender discrimination, and the income distributional effects of monopoly.  Her research has appeared in edited volumes and journals such as The Journal of Human Resources, The Review of Economics and Statistics, Industrial Relations, and Child and Youth Care Forum, The Journal of Business Education.  She spent a year in Washington D.C. doing economic policy analysis in the Human Resources section of the GAO.   Irene is coauthor (with Mark Montgomery) of a mystery novel, Theoretically Dead (New Victoria Publishers, 2001).

Campus Phone: 

(641) 269-3125

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On-Campus Address: 

105 Harry Hopkins House
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

Education / Degrees: 

B.A. from the University of Delaware M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin

Courses Taught: 

ECN 111 Introduction to Economics ECN 211 Introduction to Statistical Methods ECN 218 Gender and the Economy ECN 288 Econometrics ECN 366 Seminar in Health Economics ECN 372 Seminar in Economic Development

Primary Academic Interest: 

Health economics and industrial organization

Media Mentions: 

International adoptions have dropped 72 percent since 2005 – here’s why

Co-authored with Mark Montgomery / The Conversation / February 28, 2018 

Saving International Adoption: Mark Montgomery and Irene Powell

Charity Nebbe, Louisa Dewey, Lindsey Moon / Iowa Public Radio / February 8, 2018