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Finance, Economics & Decision Science

James Bang

Associate Professor

Finance and Economics

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


In addition to basic courses in economic theory, Jim's teaching interests include the topics of Globalization, International Economics, Development Economics, and Institutional Economics.

Jim's research interests include immigration, institutional economics, economic growth, discrimination, and armed conflict. He is currently engaged in research projects linking the quality and stability of a country's financial and political institutions with the rate of emigration of skilled labor and remittances. Other projects investigate the links between security, conflict, state failure and the rate of economic growth within a country.


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

Mitra, Aniruddha, James T. Bang and Phanindra V. Wunnava. Forthcoming. "Financial Liberalization and the Selection of Emigrants: A Cross-national Analysis" Emperical Economics

Bang, James T. and Bharati Bau. Forthcoming. "Insurance and Remittances: New Evidence from Latin American Immigrants to the US" Migration Letters

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


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


Download James Bang's CV (pdf)