Robert J. Lemke
Professor of Economics

Department of Economics, Business, and Finance

Lake Forest College

Curriculum Vitae

Faculty Page

Contact Information

418 Young Hall
555 N. Sheridan Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Phone: 847-735-5143
Fax: 847-735-6193


Fall 2015
ECON 210 Microeconomic Theory
ECON 330 Econometrics

Spring 2016
ECON 130 Applied Statistics
ECON 330 Econometrics

ECON 130 Applied Statistics
ECON 180 Quantitative Methods
ECON 210 Microeconomic Theory
ECON 310 Industrial Organization
ECON 320 Labor Economics
ECON 330 Econometrics
ECON 370 Managerial Economics
ECON 385 Mathematical Economics
FIYS 126 The Funding of Public Education in Chicago
FIYS 197 Foundations of Economic Thinking
MLS 528 On Liberty


Gender Differences when Subjective Probabilities affect Risky Decisions: An Analysis from the Television Game Show Cash Cab, with Matthew Kelley, Theory and Decision, vol 78(1), January 2015, pp. 153-170. [paper]

Decision-Making under Uncertainty in the Cash Cab, Applied Cognitive Psychology, with Matthew Kelley, Volume 27, Issue 4, July/August 2013, pp. 542-551. [paper]

The Role Faculty Scholarship Plays in Producing Economics Ph.D.s from Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional and Sectoral Economic Studies, Volume 12, Issue 3, Special Issue, 2012, pp. 5-20. [paper]

Explaining Game-to-Game Ticket Sales for Major League Baseball Games Oer Time, Journal of Sports Economics, with Elise Beckman, Wenqiang Cai, and Rebecca Esrock, Volume 13, Issue 5, October 2012, pp. 536-553. [paper]

Estimating Attendance at Major League Baseball Games for the 2007 Season, Journal of Sports Economics, with Matthew Leonard and Kelebogile Tlhokwane, Volume 11, Issue 3, June 2010, pp. 316-348. [paper]

Generating Doctoral Degree Candidates at Liberal Arts Colleges, in Doctoral Education and the Faculty of the Future, Ronald G. Ehrenberg and Charlotte V. Kuh, editors, Cornell University Press, 2009, pp. 93 - 108. [paper]

Freedom and Transparency: Democracies, Non-Democracies, and Conventional Arms Transfers, Democracy and Security, with James Marquardt, Volume 3, Issue 3, September 2007, pp. 343-368. [paper]

Extending Monopoly Power under Joint Production: A Case Study of the Red Cross and the Blood Centers of America, Journal of Industrial Organization Education, with Kristina Lybecker, Volume 2, Issue 1, 2007, pp. 1 - 23. [paper]

The Transition from Welfare to Work, Eastern Economic Journal, with Rob Witt and Ann Witte, Volume 33, Issue 2, Summer 2007, pp. 359-373. (Data Appendix) [paper]

When Winning is the Only Thing: Pure Strategy Nash Equilibria in a Three Candidate Spatial Voting Model, Social Choice and Welfare, with Richard A. Chisik, Volume 26, Issue 1, January 2006, pp. 209-215. [paper]

Student Assessments, Non-Test-Takers, and School Accountability, Education Economics, with Claus Hoerandner and Robert McMahon, Volume 14, Issue 2, June 2006, pp. 235-250. [paper]

Can No Child Left Behind Close the Gaps in Pass Rates on Standardized Tests?, Contemporary Economic Policy, with Claus Hoerandner, Volume 24, Issue 1, January 2006, pp. 1-17. [paper]

Do Estate and Gift Taxes Affect the Timing of Private Transfers?, Journal of Public Economics, with Douglas Bernheim and John Karl Scholz, Volume 88, Issue 12, December 2004, pp. 2617-2634. [paper]

Dynamic Bargaining with Action-Dependent Valuations, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Volume 28, Issue 9, July 2004, pp. 1847-1875. [paper]

Estimating the Union Wage Effect for Public School Teachers when all Teachers are Unionized, Eastern Economic Journal, Volume 30, Issue 2, Spring 2004, pp. 273-291. [paper]

Skill, Parental Income, and IV Estimation of the Returns to Schooling, Applied Economics Letters, with Isaac Rischall, Volume 10, Issue 5, April 2003, pp. 281-286. [paper]

Inter-firm Complementarities in R&D: A Re-examination of the Relative Performance of Joint Ventures, International Journal of Industrial Organization, with Nejat Anbarci and Santanu Roy, Volume 20, Issue 2, February 2002, pp. 191-213. [paper]

Working Papers:

"Economics BA's and Ph.D.'s from Liberal Arts Colleges: Do Degree Requirements or Faculty Scholarship Matter?" with Ted Barzev, Linna Filipova, and Veska Suleva, ERN Educator Working Paper Series,, January 25, 2005.

"Do Estate and Gift Taxes Affect the Timing of Private Transfers?," with B. Douglas Bernheim and John Karl Scholz, NBER Working Paper #8333, June 2001.

"Child Care and the Welfare to Work Transition," with Ann D. Witte, Magaly Queralt, and Robert Witt, NBER Working Paper #7583, March 2000.


Lake Forest College
Wenqiang "Robin" Cai '13, University of Virginia (Economics)
Shasha Liu '13, Rice University (Economics)
Thang Nguyen '13, University of Virginia (Economics)
Iris Li '12, Wake Forest University (Management).
Thang "Caleb" Nguyen '12, University of Virginia (Economics).
Tu Nguyen '12, Johns Hopkins University (Economics).
Minxu Zhang '12, Duke University (Economics).
Xiaoyu Zhu '12, University of Texas (Economics).
Xin Fan '11, Cornell University (Economics).
Evan Piermont '11, University of Pittsburgh (Economics).
Joey Sun '11, Cornell University (Economics).
Christopher Janjigian '10, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Economics).
Gabriella Panayotova '10, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Economics).
Amanda Gaulke '09, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Economics).
Mariyana Zapryanova '09, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Economics).
Laney Shaler '08, Harris School, University of Chicago(MPA, 2013).
Eva Dziadula '07, University of Illinois-Chicago (Economics).
John Karner '07, Harris School, University of Chicago(MPA, 2011).
Veska Suleva '07, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago, (MBA, 2013).
Derek Drayer '06, University of Florida (Economics, Ph.D., 2012).
Joshua Gordon-Blake '06, University of Chicago (J.D. 2009).
James Herold '06, University of Iowa (Economics).
Katie Lupo '06, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Economics); Fulbright Scholarship, Berlin, Germany.
Paula Moreno '06, Loyola University (J.D., 2009).
Emily Cocanower '05, Harvard University (J.D., 2008).
Loveena Dookhony '05, Maxwell School, Syracuse Univesity (MPA 2007).
Melisa Jimeno '05, University of South Carolina, (MBA 2010).
Kiel Murphy '05, University of Utah, (Applied Statistics, 2010).
Stoyan Vlaikov '03, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Economics, M.A. 2006).
Florida International University
Melissa Sekkel '03, University of Michigan (Economics, M.A. 2006).
Sandra Barragan '02, George Washington University (J.D. 2005).
Lauren Luis '02, University of Miami (J.D. 2005).
Susan Snitcovsky '02, University of Miami (J.D. 2005).
Chantell Vichot '02, University of Miami (J.D. 2005).

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