Economics and Decision Sciences

J Jobu BabinPhoto of Jobu Babin
Assistant Professor of Economics

Stipes Hall 430N
(309) 298-1152

Ph.D. Economics, University of Memphis, 2017, Choice in Consideration of the Other: an Experimental Approach
Graduate Certificate, Cognitive Science, The University of Memphis
M.A. Economics, The University of Memphis
B.B.A. Economics, The University of Memphis

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Dr. Babin is an applied microeconomist specializing in experimental and quantitative research methods, behavioral economics, game theory, and labor and discrimination economics. He completed a Ph.D. in Economics at The University of Memphis in 2017 and has a background in Cognitive Science.

An active researcher, he seeks to understand the determinants of pro-social choice, the economics of attractiveness, and how people use communication, norms, and stereotypes in economic decision-making. He has several current projects. The first involves the impact of lock down orders and loneliness on cooperative bargaining behavior. Two others explore the benefits from lying about performance or personal qualifications. He recently began an investigation into gender and racial discrimination in college-level teaching evaluations using ten years of evaluation data.

Dr. Babin currently teaches game theory, microeconomic theory, managerial economics, experimental economics and data collection on the graduate and undergraduate levels. In the classroom, he employs interactive experiments and games to allow his students to witness the individual and social impacts of economic decision-making. He currently serves as the Economics and Decision Sciences Graduate Seminar coordinator and has demonstrated a commitment to guiding student research.

Selected Research Papers

Babin JJ, Hussey, AJ, Nikolsko-Rzhevskyy, A, and Taylor, DA. (2020). Beauty Premiums Among Academics. Economics of Education Review, Vol. 78 (3)

Babin, JJ. (2020), Linguistic Signaling, Emojis, and Skin Tone in Trust Games. PLoS ONE, Vol. 15 (6)

Babin, JJ, Harriger-Lin, J., and Melkumian, A. (2020). Does Economic Inequality Impact Fan Arrests in NFL Stadia? Journal of Economic Insight, Vol 46 (2)

Babin, J. (2019). Detecting Group Gender Stereotypes: Opinion-Mining vs. Incentivized Coordination. Journal of Economic Insight, Vol. 45 (1), pp. 21-42.

Babin, J., Hussey, A. (2016). Can We Do it in Memphis? A Review of Early Childhood Intervention Programs, with a Focus on Lessons for Memphis and Shelby County. RAND Corporation for Urban Child Institute. 

Upper Division and Graduate Course Responsibilities

Economics 330: Intermediate Microeconomics
Economics 445G: Game Theory
Economics 488G: Experimental Economics *NEW Forthcoming *
Economics 504: Price Theory
Economics 506: Econometrics
Economics 538: Managerial Economics
Economics/Decision Sciences 602: Graduate Student Seminar
General Honors 302: Game Theory