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James Bang

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Associate Professor

Department Chairperson

Main Campus
Ambrose Hall, 306
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803


In addition to basic courses in economic theory, Jim teaches courses on international economics, institutional economics, and econometrics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Jim's research focuses on institutional determinants of economic development. In this vein, he has published and forthcoming articles on the determinants of civil war, the impact of civil war on economic growth, and the impact of civil war on cultural attitudes towards women. He has also investigated the role of institutions in determining migration, remittances, and gender norms.

Some of Jim's more recent work has focused more on predictive modeling using machine learning. Machine learning is widely and increasingly relevant for business data analytics for things like targeted advertising (Google, for example) and suggesting content or products to consumers (Netflix, Amazon, for example). In Jim's research, he applies this technique for prediction to civil war, economic growth, and health care outcomes.

In his free time, Jim helps coach his sons' sports teams, is a Cub Scout Den Leader, and enjoys cooking.


Education and Training

MS, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

BA, BS, Truman State University

Areas of Professional Interest

  • Immigration
  • Institutional Economics
  • Economics of Conflict
  • Development Economics


Courses Taught

ECON 201 - Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 202 - Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 331 - International Economics
ECON 399 - Economic Analysis of Institutions
ECON 447 - Econometrics


Recent or Noteworthy Publications

Forthcoming (with Aniruddha Mitra and Phanindra Wunnava). "The Impact of Remittances on Poverty & Income Inequality in Kenya: A Quantile Regression Analysis." Economic Modelling

Bang, J.T. & Mitra, A (2016). "Institutions, information, and commitment: the role of democracy in conflict." Defence and Peace Economics. February. p 1-23.

Biswas, A., O'Reilly, C., Bang, J.T., and Mitra A. (2016). Civil war and economic growth: the case for a closer lok at forms of mobilization. Applied Economics Letters. 23(15). p. 1057-1061.

Mitra, A., Bang, J.T., & Biswas, A. (2015). Media freedom and gender inequality: a cross-national instrumental variable quantile analysis. Applied Economics. 47(22). p. 2278-2292.

Mitra, A, Bang, J.T. & Biswas, A. (2015). Gender, governance, & growth: is access or opportunity more important? Feminist Economics. 21(1): 110-35.

Mitra, A., Bang, J.T., & Wunnava, P.V. (2014). Financial Liberalization and the Selection of Emigrants: A Cross-national Analysis. Emperical Economics, 47(1), 199-226.

Bang, James T. and Bharati Basu (2013). Insurance and Remittances: New Evidence from Latin American Immigrants to the US. Migration Letters. Vol. 10(3), p. 383-398.

Bang, James T. and Mitra, A. (2013). Civil War, Ethnicity, and the Migration of Skilled Labor. Eastern Economic Journal, 39, 387-401.

Books - In Progress
New Tools for Predicting Economic Growth, Springer, Expected 2017 (with Atin Basu Choudhary and Tinni Sen).

Predicting Conflict: A Multi-Method Approach. Lexington Books, Expected 2017 (with Atin Basu Choudhary, John David, and Tinni Sen).


Professional Memberships

American Economic Association
International Studies Association
Midwestern Economic Association
Public Choice Society
Southern Economic Association
Western Economic Association International

University, College and Departmental Service

SAU Faculty Development Committee
SAU MBA Marketing Committee
SAU American Business Experience
SAU Economics Major Revision Committee
SAU Master of Finance Curriculum Committee
SAU Master of Finance Assessment Team
SAU Disc Golf Club, Advisor

Referee Service

Applied Economics
Applied Economic Letters
Applied Financial Economics
Economic Inquiry
Economic Systems
Journal of Education for Business
Journal of Institutional & Theoretical Economics
Middle East Development Journal
Migration Letters


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