Associate Professor of Economics
Ph.D., Economics, George Mason University
M.A., Economics, George Mason University
M.AE., Applied Economics, University of Michigan
B.S., Economics, Northern Michigan University
Dr. Jakee was a senior lecturer at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Melbourne, Australia) before joining the Wilkes Honors College. Before that he was a lecturer in the Department of Economics at Monash University (Melbourne). He was also a postdoctoral research scholar at the City University of Stockholm, Sweden, and visiting lecturer at University College Cork, in Ireland. He has taught in Singapore as part of a joint business degree program with RMIT. Prior to completing his Ph.D., he received a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research while visiting Uppsala University in Sweden. He has also served as consultant and policy analyst, and he was an expert witness before a subcommittee of the US House of Representatives. He was the founding director of two academic programs, The Honors Summer Institute (a joint project between FAU s Honors College and the Scripps Research Institute, Florida), and The Honors Degree Program at RMIT s School of Economics and Finance.
His research interests are in modern political economy (including public finance/public choice, public policy, and law and economics), entrepreneurship, and applied microeconomics (the latter focusing on empirical industrial organization and regulatory issues). He has also published some pedagogical work as well. His research in political economy focuses primarily on the institutional aspects of the redistributive welfare state and the analysis of compulsory voting rules. His work in political economy has been published in
European Journal of Political Economy,
European Journal of Law and Economics,
Public Finance Review
Brazilian Political Science Review.
His work in entrepreneurship aims to develop a process-oriented approach to an area that remains underdeveloped and under-appreciated in mainstream economics. He has published articles on entrepreneurship in the
Division of Labour & Transaction Costs,
the Journal of History of Economic Thought, and as a chapter in Metcalfe and Cantner s
Change, Transformation and Development
He is also involved in an array of applied microeconomics projects that tend to have an industrial organization/regulatory focus. Most of these are co-authored with students following class research assignments. These projects include analyzing issues in the tourism, sports and the alcohol industries. These papers are published in Tourism Economics,
Sport Management Review
the latter paper also appears in abridged (case study) form in Waldman and Jensen s Industrial Organization: Theory and Practice (2007). He has projects, in progress, in the area of status goods, organ transplantation, and cyclical patterns in real estate.
His undergraduate teaching has been primarily in microeconomics, political economy, law and economics, and public policy; his honors and master s-level teaching has been in applied/managerial microeconomics, public finance and public choice, law and economics, and research methods.
In 2010, he was awarded a university-wide teaching award for Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching at FAU. He has supervised over 50 honors theses, and a significant percentage of his advisees have presented their work at international conferences or published in refereed academic journals.
Contact: 561-799-8131; HA 112
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