Kurt C. Schaefer

Kurt Schaefer


Professor Schaefer (B.A. summa cum laude, Bradley University, Ph.D. University of Michigan, M.Div. Calvin Theological Seminary) has taught economic theory and econometrics at Calvin since 1987. He has directed Calvin's Center for Social Research, the Comenius Scholars program, and semester-abroad programs in Budapest and London. He has served as an elder and musician at his church, as Secretary/Treasurer of the Association of Christian Economists, and is Executive Editor of Faith and Economics.



Rural Community Characteristics, Economic Hardship, and Peer and Parental Influences in Early Adolescent Alcohol Use” (with Laura De Haan and Tina Boljevac), The Journal of Early Adolescence, 30:5, October 2010, 629-650.

Can Price Dispersion Reveal Distance-Related Trade Costs? Evidence from the United States” (with Michael Anderson and Stephen L.S. Smith), Global Economy Journal, 13(2), 151-173, June 2013.

"Monte Carlo Appraisals of Gravity Model Specifications" (with Michael A. Anderson and Michael J. Ferrantino), Global Economy Journal: 8:1, 2008, Article 2. Available at: http://www.bepress.com/gej/vol8/iss1/2

Benchmarking Scholarship in Economics,” Faith and Economics, 47/48, 2006, 87-95.

Contract Theory, Distributive Justice, and the Hebrew Sabbatical,” Faith and Economics, 45, 2005, 1-19.

Reverse Regression and Orthogonal Regression in Employment Discrimination Analysis,” (with Michelle L. Visser) Journal of Forensic Economics, 16:3, 2004, 283-298.

A.F.D.C. and Births to Unwed Women,” (with Sarah Kampfer and Thomas Vander Veen) Labour Economics, 9 (2002), 801-813.

"What's Wrong with this Picture? Churches and Microenterprise Development Projects," Regeneration Quarterly, 2:2, Spring 1996.

"An Analytic Model of Emergency Food Provision," Food Policy, 20:4, August 1995, 315-321.

Discussion of Tiemstra, Heyne and Richardson on Christianity and Economics, Association of Christian Economists' Bulletin, Spring 1994.

"Creation, Fall, and What?" Faculty Dialogue Spring, 1993. 

"A Portfolio Model for Evaluating Risk in Economic Development Projects, with an Application to Agriculture in Niger," Journal of Agricultural Economics (Aberdeen, Scotland, U.K.), 43:3, September 1992, 412-423. 

"The Bible, the State, and the Economy: A Framework for Analysis," with John Mason, Gordon College, Christian Scholars Review XX: 1, 45­64 (September, 1990).

Commentary on the Oxford Declaration, Association of Christian Economists' Bulletin, Spring 1990.

Books and book chapters

American Poverty Policy” in Faithful Imagination in the Academy, Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2008.

"Evangelicals, Welfare Reform, and Care for the Poor," in A Pubic Faith: Evangelicals and Civic Engagement, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2003.

Response to Paul Heyne, "On Making Judgments," in Economics & Religion, Paul Oslington, ed., Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., 2002.

“The Privatizing of Compassion: A Critical Engagement with Marvin Olasky,” Chapter Five in Christian Responses to Poverty in America : Toward a Just and Caring Society, ed. David P. Gushee, Grand Rapids : Baker Books, 1999.

The Uses and Misuses of Data and Models: The Mathematization of the Human Sciences. With W. James Bradley. Thousand Oaks , CA : Sage Publications, 1998.

Lectures and other presentations:

Ash Wednesday Chapel, March 2011.

Prayer for Parents’ Chapel, August 2006.

Reformation Day chapel service, 2005.

Lecture: “What does it mean to be Reformed?” October 2004.

“Limits to Measurement,” ASSA Conference presentation, January 2004.

The Franz Lecture, Gordon College: “Charitable Choice and the Faith-Based Initiative.” Spring 2003.

“The Loss of Happiness in Market Democracies” reviewed in Faith and Economics, 41, Spring 2003, 27-29.

"Why Most Teaching Evaluations Do Not Evaluate Teaching

Other links:

Wordle of Schaefer’s teaching evaluations.

Schaefer’s Political Compass.

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