Two UR Economics Professors Recognized as Prolific Scholars in Developing Field of Economic Education, Study Finds

March 31, 2021

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND — A new study published by The American Economist, has recognized two professors in the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business for their contributions to the field of economic education. 

KimMarie McGoldrick

The study analyzes research articles published in The Journal of Economic Education (JEE) during its first 50 years of publication and identifies economists who were key in developing economic education as a specialized field.

With 12 articles published, KimMarie McGoldrick, professor of economics, ranked seventh among the journal’s top publishers. She was also the journal’s top female publisher.

“The University of Richmond is fortunate to have such a talented economic educator on our faculty,” said Dean Chroushore, economics department chair. “In recent years, the field of economic education has grown in stature and is receiving significant support from the American Economic Association. KimMarie McGoldrick is a star in the field.”

McGoldrick, who has taught at UR since 1992, has published on topics ranging from training graduate economics student teachers to the gender gap in economics degrees. 

In 2018, McGoldrick assumed the role of co-editor of the JEE after serving as an associate editor for seven years. She was the first woman to assume the journal’s lead editorial role. Most recently, she served as co-organizer and facilitator of the Expanding Diversity in Undergraduate Classes with Advancements in the Teaching (of) Economics (EDUCATE) program.

Jonathan Wight

“Economic literacy is critical for a growing economy and research has shown that people who are exposed to economics make better financial decisions," said McGoldrick. “But it is not enough to simply expose students to economics, I want students to share my passion for the discipline and understand how many interesting questions economic analysis can help answer.”  

Economics professor Jonathan Wight was also among JEE’s top 20 publishers, with three articles published.

Wight has taught at UR since 1982 and specializes in the ethics of economics and capitalism, and the economics of globalization.

Since its first issue in 1969, JEE has been the premier forum for research that addresses teaching techniques, materials, and learning innovations in the field of economics.