Alan Green

Assistant Professor and Chair of Economics
Director of Africana Studies

Alan Green is a research economist and teacher; his work focuses on international development, trade and poverty. His academic research on economic development and international trade is published in journals such as the Journal of Development Studies, Kyklos and the Review of International Economics. As a teacher, Green focuses on engaging students with an interactive approach that encourages critical thinking. He conducts research on effective pedagogy and has forthcoming articles in the International Review of Economics Education and The Journal of Economics and Finance Education. He has developed a classroom simulation to actively engage students in learning economics and has also experimented with new technology in the classroom. He is currently working on a digital version of the simulation with help from computer science students and faculty, as well as continuing research on international development.


  • Ph.D., applied economics and management, Cornell University, 2009
  • M.A., international relations, University of Chicago, 2004
  • B.A., political science, Furman University, 2003

Course Topics

  • Essentials of Economics I
  • Essentials of Economics II
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Economic Development and Human Progress

Research Interests

  • International poverty
  • Democracy
  • Trade
  • Education


  • Green, Alan (2014) "The Case for the Traditional Classroom," forthcoming, International Review of Economics Education.
  • Green, Alan (2013) "The Classroom as Policy Laboratory: Using a Classroom Simulation to Experience Macroeconomic Policy," forthcoming, Journal of Finance and Economics Education.
  • Green, Alan (2013) "Estimating the Effects of Democratization in African Countries: A Simultaneous Equations Approach." Economic Systems 37 no. 4 pp. 555-571. December 2013.
  • Green, Alan and Moser, C. (2013). "Do Property Rights Institutions Matter at the Local Level? Evidence from Madagascar." Journal of Development Studies 49 no. 1 pp. 95-109.
  • Green, Alan and de Gorter, H. (2011). "Analyzing the System of Preferential Tariffs for Least Developed Countries." Review of International Economics 19 no. 3 pp. 436-448.
  • Green, Alan (2011). "Institutions Matter, but in Surprising Ways: New Evidence on Institutions in Africa." Kyklos 64 no. 1 pp. 87-105.
  • Green, Alan (2011). "What Can We Predict About Libya and the Arab Spring from Statistical Studies?" Statistics, Politics and Policy 2 no. 1. Article 5 (commentary and ideas).

Working Papers

  • Green, Alan and Sanderson,Danielle (2014) "Steps to Success: An Analysis of Persistence and Attainment in Stem Majors."
  • Green, Alan (2014) "Significant Returns on Engagement and Performance with a Free Clicker App."
  • Green, Alan (2013) "Contracts Do Matter: Robust Evidence of an Optimal Level of Legal Formalism in Developing Countries" (under review).
  • Green, Alan (2013) "Democracy and Institutions in Postcolonial Africa" (under review).
  • Green, Alan (2012) "The Household Analysis of Comparative Development: An Empirical Replication." (under review).

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